Above the Clouds stamp set is a new one from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. Featuring ever popular hot air balloons, it comes bundled with the co-ordinating Hot Air Balloon punch.
Welcome to my blog today … I am participating in the Global Design Project #193. This week it is a colour challenge, using Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green and Pineapple Punch.
As always, I created this card during the week for my Whimsy Wednesday Creative Live on Facebook. I love utilising the Global Design Project challenge to inspire me for my facebook lives, although I frequently don’t get around to posting them in the gallery!
Above the Clouds Stamp Set + Hot Air Balloon Punch
I am exploring this hot air balloon bundle this week, and so the challenge for me was to use these bright colours on a card.
The elements of this card are inspired by my vision of hot air ballooning …. *tongue in cheek* … you are allowed to roll your eyes.
- The Granny Apple Green circle are the green fields the balloons float above.
- The die cut vellum scalloped circle represent the white fluffy clouds.
- The Night of Navy water colour swish behind the greeting represents blue sky.
- The Metallic Silver Thread element is my “silver lining on the clouds”.
The challenge colours are all bright, strong colours, so to achieve different shades, I used a variety of colouring techniques.
The Pineapple Punch and Granny Apple Green balloons are stamped on Shimmery White Cardstock, with Night of Navy outlines. The balloon in the front takes advantage of the two step stamping feature of the stamp set (or rather four step stamping including the banners) … and being photopolymer, the images are super easy to line up. The second balloon is a stamped outline and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.
New Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper
I used the new Fluid 100 Watercolour paper in the Annual catalogue for my background layer. It is amazing. One side is very smooth, great for stamping on. The other side has a slight texture. The paper holds the water colour really well and allows for fabulous blending of colour. I was surprised at how vibrant the Night of Navy background stayed after the ink had dried. I simply applied the ink in a rectangular block with an Aqua Painter.
While I was water colouring, I coloured up a panel of the water colour paper with Granny Apple Green ink, and then (when the piece was dry) die cut a circular panel with the Layering Circle Dies.
Other design elements …
- Add white clouds on the dark background with Whisper White Craft Ink. You will need to stamp multiple times as the white ink pickes up the watercolour from underneath.
- The stamped and fussy cut clouds totally finish of this card beautifully, linking the circular elements. And also show how Night of Navy can be a soft pastel colour when stamped off enough times.
If you would like to watch the process of creating this card, hop on over to my Stampin’ Up! Group page here … it is a facebook live, so you will need to use the fast forward button if you are time poor … lol. All my past facebook lives are in the videos section in the group. And if you join the group, you can get reminders of my weekly live times. I would love to see you there.
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