Today's card features one of my favourite Stampin' Up! In Colours at the moment, Vintage Violet. It's very likely this colour will soon be retired, which makes me immensely sad! I will be stocking up on cardstock and re-inkers for sure!
The design for this card was inspired by one Julia Stainton did back in August last year. Check out Julia's blog, she makes beautiful creations and there is lots to teach and inspire you there. The other thing that inspired me was my desire to try out some new colour combinations. There are many places I am inspired by colour; Stampin' Up! catalogues, in magazine layouts, patterned papers, creations by other people, colour challenges and also this website which allows you to browse and choose Stampin' Up! colour combinations. One of the great things about Stampin' up! patterned paper is that it is designed to coordinate exactly with their cardstock colours, so I can tell you exactly which colour cardstock to use with each. For example in the current mini catalogue, the colours coordinating with the patterned paper are:
Au Chocolate Designer Series Paper - Coordinates with Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla
Enchante Designer Series Paper - Coordinates with Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla
Loves Me Designer Series Paper - Coordinates with Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose, Taken with Teal. I have also used Pretty in Pink, Cool Caribbean and Chocolate Chip.
OK, back to the card:
This card features Stampin' Up! Both Way Blossoms Hostess Set which I am giving away this month (a new unmounted set - not parting with my own!). To see how you can win it, check out my post on 25th January. I have also used the Paisley Background, Seeing Spots (the thank you stamp) and Wild About You (the bird). My colour combination is Vintage Violet, Bordering Blue, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow and Whisper White.
I started with a standard sized Vintage Violet card (half an A4 sheet folded crisply in half again using the bone folder). I sponged the edges with Vintage Violet ink for extra definition and framing. My next layer is Certainly Celery which is 3mm smaller than the card, and then another layer of Bordering Blue which is 1mm smaller again. This layer has been stamped using the Paisley Background and Vintage Violet ink. The horizontal piece is Vintage Violet which has been embossed using the Cuttlebug. I then rubbed Vintage Violet ink over the embossing to highlight it (using my fingers - it does come off!). I also sponged Vintage Violet ink on the edges using a sponge dauber to better define the edges.
The main image is a piece of Whisper White cardstock 10.5 x 5.5 cm. The image from Both Way Blossoms has been stamped in Basic Brown (which is waterproof) and then watercoloured using the ink pads in Vintage Violet and Certainly Celery. To do this you just squeeze the ink pads while they are closed and pick up ink from the inside cover using the Aquapainter (I prefer watercolouring with the Watercolour Wonder Crayons (TM) but these are not available for the in-colours as yet). I then sponged Vintage Violet ink right on the edges, and matted with a 1mm mat of Sage Shadow and Certainly Celery.
The circle greeting was made using three circle punches - a 1.5 inch (In Sage Shadow), 1.25 inch (in Bordering Blue with the greeting from Seeing Spots stamped in Vintage Violet) and a 0.75 inch (in Certainly Celery with the bird from Wild About You stamped in Vintage Violet). I added some highlights to the greeting and the birds eye using the White Signo Gel Pen. Just a tip when you are stamping things on punched out cardstock. Stamp the image first, and then turn the punch over so you can punch the image out straight. It's very easy that way!
The card was finished off with a Certainly Celery Brad and some ribbon for my stash (how I wished I had ordered the celery wide grosgrain from the Summer Mini as well as the chocolate and vanilla!).
Phew if you have got that far you have done well!
The circus was great last night. This was Sam (2yr 10m) first time at the circus and he nearly split his sides. How beautiful is it to watch your children laugh with pure delight. Josh also loved it and had been role-playing circus acts all day today. Today I am hoping to edit my holiday pics and upload to Snapfish so that I can do some scrapbook pages soon. If you haven't tried Snapfish (an online photo storage and photo printing service) try it out - www.snapfish.com.au for Australian readers. Make sure you tell them I referred you (I think you need to give them my email address).
Back tomorrow with another card. Since this months card a day was interrupted by my holiday, I am going to do it all again in February and see if I can make it through the month!
Have a great day,