So I’ve finally gotten over my issues with cutting into beautiful patterned paper only to now come up with the fear of running out of said beautiful paper. Aaaahhh! Can anyone relate? The paper I’ve used here for this card was actually free (yes, you can get it free too, more info later) and so I’m thinking I’ll need to hoard several packets of it just so that I don’t run out too quick.
Have you ever had a little papercraft issue then solved it with a happy ending? I did with this card. I decided to stamp the main image using the same colours of the patterned paper (Lucky Limeade & Baja Breeze) but for the life of me I couldn’t find my Lucky Limeade marker. What to do? Easy, ink up the image with an inkpad (that I could find!) and then pick off the colour from the areas I wanted to colour blue with a blender pen, then colour those areas with my Baja Breeze marker. In this case I decided I wanted the colouring a little more ‘blended’ so while I wiped off the green from the flowers with my blender pen, I didn’t do it so well that there was no colour at all – that way when I went over the flowers with the Baja Breeze marker, it came out a little mixed and looking like batik.
Technique Tip: picking off a colour with a blender pen to re-colour is great to do multi-colour stamping, but if you’re using a darker colour you don’t need to clean off the ink, simply go over the top of a light ink with your dark marker and it will cover it fine without messing up your marker. You’ll want to make sure though that there is a significant difference between your shades. I’ve done this very successfully with Stampin’ Up!’s Pool Party inkpad and Island Indigo markers.
So back to the free part… the patterned paper I’ve used here along with the stamp (which is part of the Fresh Vintage stamp set) is our of the new Sale-a-bration promotion which begins in Australia tomorrow. More details tomorrow but the short story is that for every $100 purchased from Stampin’ Up! you can choose one Sale-a-bration product free. In previous years we’ve only had stamps, this time there’s also patterned paper and a brad/ribbon pack available!
Inspiration strikes from anywhere! Just jumping back in to edit this post… I forgot to add a photo of my inspiration for the layout of this card.
Photo from www.artforkids.net
The colour scheme of course is very different but you can see where the bow at the top with the vintage brad on my card was taken from the fabric/crown combo above the beds. The centre section and then the strips at the bottom of my card taken from the ruffles from the bottom of the bed. Maybe I’ll make another one but this time take inspiration from the gorgeous colour palette in this bedroom.
And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:
Fresh Vintage (free! out of the Sale-a-bration brochure)
Cardstock & Paper:
Everyday Enchantment Patterned Paper (Sale-a-bration brochure)
Lucky Limeade inkpad
Baja Breeze marker
Crumb Cake inkpad (for sponging edges)
Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die (I used the larger of the two scalloped squares)
Baja Breeze Seam Binding
Designer buttons (Neutrals)
Linen Thread (threaded through the button)