Watercolor Shapes meets Flowers of Friendship

Hi Friends! Happy Monday! Now that I’m retired, I really like Mondays… it gives me a chance to start fresh with new goals. I had some challenges with my posts last week so I am sorry I missed you on Friday. Anyway, today I am sharing a card that is totally out of my comfort zone- only one layer if you don’t count the matte and the base. No DSP & no embellishments.

I made this card for the color challenge from Sunday Stamps. I love blues so their Winter Blues color challenge was right up my alley. I used Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso on watercolor paper.

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #523; even though I didn’t make it in time for the challenge. Isn’t this a great sketch?! So many things that you can do with it. I wanted to try my hand with my new stamp set called Watercolor Shapes.

The Balmy Blue rectangle and the Bermuda Bay circles on my card are part of the Watercolor Shapes stamp set. I used a ruler and my Early Espresso marker to draw the lines around the Balmy Blue rectangle.

A close- up view

Next I masked off the lower edge of the rectangle & then stamped in Early Espresso the floral image from Flowers of Friendship. Last, my sentiment from Enjoy the Moment stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso.

Here’s one last look. Thanks so much for stopping over. Have a great Monday!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Watercolor Shapes, Flowers of Friendship, Enjoy the Moment (sentiment)
  • Paper: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Watercolor paper
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay; Early Espresso marker
  • Tools: Stamp-a-ratus, ruler

Wildlife Wonder & Fussy Cutting Tips

I knew the minute I saw the Wildlife Wonder stamp set that I had to have it. I love making simple masculine cards especially when the Designer Series Paper (DSP) does the “heavy lifting”

I’m submitting this card to The Paper Players challenge for a wildlife CAS card.

This set doesn’t have dies but it’s easy to fussy cut. I have a few tips to make it look like it’s perfect even if it isn’t. I stamped my image on Basic White card stock & cut as close as I could without cutting into the inked area.

FIRST TIP: Color with the brush end of marker any white areas that shows around the edges from fussy cutting. Use the brush marker around the entire edge. Use the same color marker as your stamped image; here, I used Soft Suede.

Below is a close up where I colored along the bear’s back but not the legs. [some of the bear’s backside will eventually get cut off but I colored it all because I wasn’t sure exactly what would get cut off].

SECOND TIP: Stamped the image directly on the background paper before adding the fussy cut image. Here, the bear was stamped on the New Horizons DSP. Even though you won’t see the image when you add your fussy cut image on top of the background image there may be details that were cut off with fussy cutting. The bear is popped up on dimensionals.

Below are two close-ups. Look at the front paw & the chin of the bear. The details of the claw and chin hair were cut away on the fussy cut but with the image stamped on the background, these details show. It gives the bear some depth & definition.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of the same DSP & cut it out. One last look at the card. I hope you like it!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Wildlife Wonder
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Evening Evergreen, Basic White
  • DSP: New Horizons
  • Ink: Soft Suede, & Soft Suede marker
  • Technique: Fussy cutting