A rare original card! I so often rely on inspiration from our catalog or Pinterest, and I'm always excited when I have an idea that comes to fruition. This is a card we made at class this month using one stamp set, one ink pad, one punch, and a few shades of card stock. It would work equally well with a pack of Designer Series Paper.
I am not one who colors. I don't consider myself someone who does watercoloring well. Because of this, I'm delighted with the way this card turned out! I used Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper, an Aquapainter, and ink pads. I decided to emboss the image with black embossing powder, because I'm an instant gratification kind of girl. I was impatient with the black inks smudging (because I didn't wait long enough or because I didn't think to heat set them). It was the perfect solution. After stamping & heat embossing the images, I ran the paper through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder. It gives some texture and the suggestion of falling rain. Perfect!
I took a couple weeks off here for some minor, outpatient surgery. I'm happy to say I'm back to my stamp room again, and here to share the invitation to my daughter's baby shower! This is our first grandchild (a boy) who's due to join us in April. This will be a hot air balloon themed shower, and I will share with you later the decor for the day. A little tip I picked up from Connie Stewart on adhering intricate die cuts - I put the balloon die face down on the Silicone Craft Sheet, squeezed out some Liquid Multipurpose Glue on the sheet, then dipped my Sponge Dauber into the glue & dabbed it onto the die cut. Then just place the die cut where you need it. Once the glue is dry on the silicone, you can either peel it off, wash it off, or (in case it's stubborn) whisk it off with some packing tape.
This is the first time I've inked up this stamp set. I won it in a prize drawing last April at Stampin' Up's OnStage event, and it's not a set I would normally use. I wanted to make some thank you cards for co-workers who'd given me gifts at Christmas. Looking through my sets, this greeting from Grateful Bunch really caught my eye. In the end, it really worked best with images from the same set (guess Stampin' Up! designers know what they're doing, huh?). At that point, this card came together pretty quickly. I looked in my craft room and saw that I still had a stash of the retired 3x6 envelopes and decided to make cards to fit in them. I used Basic Gray archival ink to stamp everything, and Soft Sky and Calypso Coral ink with blender pens to color the butterflies. I was pretty happy with the end result.