I was struggling to come up with a card design after a friend texted and asked for some valentines, and it didn’t help that it’s just a couple of days from now! I have a lot of stamps in my creative stash and sometimes that becomes more of a hindrance than a solution. I haven’t used this heart stamp in quite a while so I decided to play around with it and include a sentiment that wasn’t strictly “happy valentine’s day” so that the card can be given to someone on any day. It’s a good example of how you can take one stamp and combine it with multiple ink pads to create a very simple card design.
As much as I adore terrariums and succulents, I have never actually made or put one together. Unless you count making one on paper (at least I know that kind won’t die on me and my not-so-green thumb)!
I’m still quite attached to the technique of watercolor painting stamped images on a card design and my favorite tool by far has been the waterbrush. I played around with the Live, Love, Grow stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and put many of my ink pads to good use to color in the the stamped images. I also did a little bit of masking with post-it notes to create a little bit of depth in my terrarium.
I also got to play with the small stitched rectangle dies by Lawn Fawn thanks to a dear friend, and I really like the subtle effect it leaves on cardstock. So to begin this card design, I cut out the largest frame from a sheet of watercolor paper using a die cut machine. You could totally skip this step and cut a piece of paper into a 5″ x 3-3/4″ rectangle. This will leave a nice border once you adhere it to the front of an A2 size card base.
Layer stamping with clear stamps is a great way to try out a variety of color palettes. Here are six examples using an array of Stampin’ Up! ink pads to produce different effects. The stamp set used throughout this tutorial is the “Beautiful Day” set from Altenew, but the techniques can be used with any layering stamp set. This is also a great way to make use of those ink pads that may have accumulated in your crafting stash!
This was also my last article written as a contributor to the Card Making section of the About.com DIY website. It’s been a fun adventure but I’m looking forward to having more time to spend with my family, and focusing on other projects I’ve been wanting to complete during the past year. I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorials provided over the past couple of years and will refer to the articles if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration or direction. Be crafty! 🙂