The stamp images in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration Feeling Sentimental set are to die for! I love the intricate, antique line drawings of a ferris wheel, phone booth and an old-time bicycle. On this card, I decided to go light on dark with a couple of neutrals and Pool Party as my main color. The latest Spring catalog and the Sale-a-bration products feature a lot of accessories for Pool Party, which I love.
I started with a Natural White cardstock. Natural White is a little heavier than Whisper White and has a very slight speckled or grainy look to it. It seemed perfect for a crisp, vintage look. I stamped the ferris wheel in Versamark on Early Espresso cardstock, then embossed it with Pool Party embossing powder. ‘Celebrate’ is embossed with Pool Party also.
And the Pool Party ribbon from the SAB Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack is perfect. This ribbon is wonderful. It ties so easily and is not bulky on your projects. You can get this ribbon with two other shades plus three colors of buttons in the pack.
I started with a Crumb Cake cardstock card base. When I want to add ribbon around a portrait oriented card I cut my cardstock at 4-1/2″ x 11″. The SAB Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack has three great ribbon colors – Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo & Pool Party – and the set comes with matching buttons in Tangerine Tango and Pool Party. I decided to use the Tangerine Tango ribbon and buttons for a bold splash of color on an otherwise neutral card.
To add an additional ‘splash’ of color, I dropped Tangerine Tango color on the background as well. This is easy to do with reinkers. Just put a couple of drops of ink on the lid of your open stamp pad and add a drop or two of water to dilute it a bit. Then use a paint brush to pick up the ink and splash it over your card base.
You may want to experiment first on scratch paper first if you’ve never done this before so you get just the look you want.
I am loving the Sale-a-bration Bloomin’ Marvelous stamp set! It makes a great one-layer greeting card. So many possibilities. But it is also a set that can create design disaster. Since the images and the sentiments go together, you can see how tempting it would be to stamp one image and one sentiment on a card side by side, or top and bottom, but that is not pleasing to the eye.
But there are design tricks that can be used to make these coordinating images work together. One option is to use the image stamp in a pattern of multiples as I’ve done in this card. Soon I’ll be offering the Stamping Julie Design Series so you can learn design and art principles that you can use in your papercrafting.
And I love the ‘in-colors’ in this card. I use my color coach all the time for inspiration. I usually have a couple of colors in mind and then I consult the color coach to see what other colors I want to incorporate. I think I started with the Summer Starfruit and Basic Gray and then decided that Primrose Petals was the perfect accent.
I used masking in a couple of different ways on this card. I stamped the hummingbird, then used a sticky note mask to cover before stamping the flowers around it. I also masked the area for the flowers. After stamping, I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the new Borders Scoring Plate to add a subtle but interesting border around the field of flowers.
That’s Right – these digital scrapbooking (or cardmaking) downloads are practically FREE. From now until February 12 (or while supplies last) you can get your hands on any of these content discs for just $1. That’s not a typo–they’re just one buck. So indulge–it won’t break the bank. ONLY FOUR LEFT:
Avant-Garde Collection DVD (item 125841)
Express Booster Pack DVD (item 124889)
October, December, Whenever Collection DVD (item 124485)
This printable digital download You & Me is new this week on MDS and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Of course, I customized it with Ron & Julie in the middle. You can insert your own names and even change the colors to match a room for use year round. I used Arial font bolded, but when I get a minute I may experiment with some other fonts.
This is an inexpensive project. Frame it and give it as a wedding, aniversary or valentine gift. I think I may make up several of these for friends this valentine’s day. You could even shrink the template down for a customized valentine card! How fun would that be? Can you imagine your friends reaction to get a valentine card with her and her boyfriend/husband’s name on it? She will likely display that card all year long!!!
Here’s a digital valentine card template I customized.
Can you see I added Hey, Savannah! to each of these cards to customize them? Would you like to see a video tutorial on customizing the valentine cards or the frameable? Send me an email or leave a comment below.
Here’s what the template looked like before I customized it: