I’ve has a fairly productive card-making weekend. I was taking a little break from Valentines and decided to top up my stash of birthday cards. I specifically focused on making cards using paper I’ve had for a while with new stamps that haven’t been inked.
I got this Whipper Snapper stamp before Christmas but only managed to get it cling-foam mounted (I buy the bare rubber and mount the stamps myself to stretch my stamp-spending budget) Saturday morning (along with 13 other stamps – I hate cutting the cling foam so I save the stamps up and do them all in one session).
I’m trying to use some of my older Basic Grey paper as well as some K&Co paper – these are the two brands I tend to buy a lot of so it made sense to start with them. I’m much more selective over what paper I buy now but there are still a lot of options from my “collecting” phase.
Here’s the card:
Of the half-dozen cards I made on Saturday, this one was my favourite. It was a fun image to colour and the paper was so cheerful that it was very easy to embellish the card once the image was matted. Now that I’m using a different camera I hope the pictures are doing my cards a little more justice these days (thanks, Rich). I think you can even see the glitter I used on the scoops of ice cream - I know you can see it on the prima flower and the centre brad.
The paper on this card is Carolyn Gavin paper by K&Co. It’s amazing and I hope she comes out with more some day. It’s a great blend of funky, retro, fresh and “green” (as in earth-friendly).
My image was coloured using my own “hybrid” method of watercolouring. I have been using reinkers instead of markers which makes for a much brighter wash of colour and I’m still learning the ropes (not happy with the “sky” colouring – too harsh!). I went back over some of the shadowed areas with an SU marker to give those areas a little more definition. I’m having trouble watering down the aquapainter to the right level for shading.
The sentiment is from SU’s Crazy for Cupcakes set and is my go-to sentiment whenever I make a card using an image with dessert-type foods. I used my newest SU punch (got it in December with my birthday SU order) – you’re probably going to see this punch used fairly often for sentiments. I can’t be bothered using Spellbinder dies for sentiments so punches are the obvious alternative.
Lots more to share this week so please check back! Comments are always welcome!