Inspired by Color

Are you inspired by color? I love working with different color combinations. I am always excited to see the fun color combos that Stampin’ Up! comes out with each time they introduce new patterned papers. This is a great source of inspiration for me.  I helps me think outside the box and try some very non-traditional color combinations. Since I am currently working on a few different Valentine’s Day projects, I decided to mix it up a bit and try something different. These love themed cards do not have any of the traditional colors used for Valentine’s Day but they sure turned out fabulous!

So now I bet you are wondering what colors I used, right? Well, I decided to use Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzelberry, Calypso Coral and a bit of Daffodil Delight.  One of the things I like to do is use subtle colors in the background of my projects and then add a pop of color on the card. Something bold. Something that will catch your attention. You will notice the pop of color comes from the solid heart cut from a piece of Rich Razzelberry cardstock. It seems to pull out or accent the Rich Razzelberry colors in the pretty flower heart.

Now for those of you that think coloring takes too long…think again! I learned how amazing the new Stampin’ Blends are when I created these card. It was so easy and effortless to add color to the fine details of these hearts. The Stampin’ Blends are alcohol based markers so you can use them to blend too. But if you just want to color, then are fabulous. You don’t even need special ink!  I used my Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the images and then just colored them in with the other markers. The colors didn’t bleed together and the markers helped to bring out the details in the stamped image.

So the design of the card is pretty simple. Really…it is! Start with a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the base of your card. I embossed a fun little design across the center of the card using one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. The heart are stamped from images in the Heart Happiness stamp set and then just layered together to create a fun look! You can embellish the card with as much or as little as you want. Get creative with it!

I hope you are inspired to try some different color combinations! Play around with the different colors that you have on hand and create something unique today!

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Sealed with a Kiss

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today is the last Valentine’s Day card idea I have to share with you!  Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday!  I can’t believe it’s almost here!  This particular card was created with the Sealed with Love stamp set.  It’s a fun little card that showers the recipient with kisses!

To make this card, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the base of the card.  Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock. Cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of one of the patterned papers from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  Grab the “lip” image and randomly stamp it all over the DSP using Real Red ink. Adhere these pieces to your card front. Cut a 2-1/2 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhere it across the center of the DSP as shown. Use a brayer and some Real Red ink to color one of the Lace Doilies. Cut out a heart shape using the Sweet & Sassy framelits (or you can cut it out by hand). Stamp the sentiment in black and “lip” image in red. Adhere everything to the card as shown.  For the finishing touch, embellish with rhinestones and/or silver metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Z-Fold Valentine

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I apologize for the delay in posting…I have been having some technical difficulties the past couple of days! Today I have a fun little z-fold Valentine to share with all of you!  Z-fold cards are my favorite type of “fancy fold” card to make because they are quick and simple! Plus you can really decorate them anyway you choose!  The key to a z-fold card is deciding what type of “shape” to use on the front of the card. In this case, I used a stitched oval and embellished it with the heart and sentiment.

To make this card, start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of the card. Score the card base at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4 then fold the 2 1/8 section back onto itself. Not sure how to do this…watch my original video on the z-fold at http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2015/05/04/z-fold-card-painted-petals/

Next, cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock at 2 x 5 1/4 and a  1 3/4 x 5 inch piece of heart patterned paper from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper pack. Secure these 2 pieces together and adhere to the flap as shown in this pic. Stamp the “Hello Love” sentiment in black ink onto a scrap piece of white cardstock and cut it out with a small oval from the stitched framelits set.  Cut out a heart shape from Real Red cardstock using either a framelit or punch (whatever you have on hand). You could also cut out a heart free-hand (if you don’t have any framelits or punches). Cut out a large black oval with the stitched framelits. Adhere the ovals and heart together, as shown, and secure it to the front flap of the card with some strong adhesive (I recommend the Tear & Tape). Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock and a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock for the inside of the card. For the finishing touch, embellish with some metallic enamel shapes. Enjoy!

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Watercolored Love Notes

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Can you believe it’s February already? Wow! Where does the time go?  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so if you haven’t started working on projects yet, I have a few ideas for you!  Today I want to share another fun project created with the Sealed with Love bundle. Hopefully you had a chance to get your hands on this adorable little bundle of products!  This is such a popular set that they have sold out of their stock!  But don’t worry, it will be coming back and should be available by the end of this month. Even though Valentine’s Day will be over, this particular bundle of products can be used all year long to create some simply adorable cards for any occasion! In the meantime, find a stamp set that has a little heart image and you can easily recreate this card…just without the little love note.

To make this card, start with a piece of pool party cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of shimmery white cardstock. Shimmery white cardstock works perfect for watercoloring. Grab an aqua painter and some pool party ink. Dip the tip of your aqua painter into the pool party ink (don’t use an aqua painter directly on your ink pad). Once you have some ink on the aqua painter, gently squeeze the aqua painter and sweep the brush back and forth across the card to create a watercolored background. Let it dry. Grab the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamp the splatter image and the “lines” image randomly on the card using real red ink. Grab a little heart stamp, ink it up with pool party ink, and stamp it in the upper left hand corner of the watercolored background. Keep stamping the heart, without re-inking it, to achieve lighter shades of blue. Then simply embellish the card with a metallic doily and your favorite Valentine or “love themed” sentiment. You could even make this into a birthday card!  Enjoy!

 

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Hello Love

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Since Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, I thought I would share several different “love themed” cards with all of you over the next week or so to help you get prepared! It will be a mini-blog series focused on “Love.” The cards can be used for Valentine’s Day, Weddings, Anniversaries or any other special occasion in which you want to spread the love!  Today’s project showcases a fun way to use the Sealed with Love Bundle of products.

To make this card, start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 3-1/2 x 3-12 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Using the heart edgelit (from the Love Notes Framelit Die set) cut out the right side of the cardstock. Then grab the Sealed with Love stamp set and stamp your sentiment and the fancy scroll image in black ink and the hearts in Real Red ink.  Cut a 3/4 x 3-1/2 inch piece of basic black cardstock and adhere it slightly behind the left side of the whisper white cardstock, as shown. Be sure to allow around 1/2 inch of the black cardstock showing. Tuck a lace doily under the black cardstock, as shown, and adhere everything to the Real Red card front.  For the finishing touch, embellish with a little Sending Love heart embellishment. Enjoy!

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Sealed with Love

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  The week is half over already! Wow time flies when you are having fun, right?  Especially if the fun involves a bit of stampin’ and craftin’! Today I have a fun little Valentine’s Day project to share with you. Yes, I know…I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s less than a month away so I thought I better start sharing some ideas! The project I have for you today was created with the products from the Sending Love Suite! Let’s take a look at how to make this card!

Start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of the card. Using the heart edglit die, found in the framelit set, cut the right side of the card front. The edglit die will actually cut out those adorable little hearts right on the side of your card! It’s pretty awesome!  Next, cut a 5-1/4 x 3 inch piece of one of the patterned papers in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack. Adhere it to the front of your card using a bit of SNAIL or other adhesive. Cut out two little “love notes” envelopes using the die in the Love Notes Framelit set.  Use different patterned paper for each envelope. The die will actually cut and score the little envelope which makes it super simple to put together. Then simply decorate the envelopes as desired! You can embellish them with some of the Sending Love Ribbon and/or those adorable little wooden embellishments. Stamp a little love note, cut it out with the coordinating framelit, and tuck it into one of the envelopes. Adhere both envelopes to the card front as shown. You can also add a bit of bling to the hearts by adding some rhinestones.

On the inside of the card, cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white carstock. Cut a 1 x 5-1/4 inch piece of one of the red patterned papers in the DSP pack and adhere to the right side of the white cardstock.  This piece will serve as a “matte” for those adorable hearts you cut into the front of the card. Enjoy!

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