I held a workshop this week and thought it would be fun to show you the cards we made. Recently, fellow Artisan Design Team Member Mercedes Weber showed a series of stepped up cards and I thought it was a great idea to show at a workshop. So I created a series of cards using Watercolor Wonder to demonstrate the versatility of the set.
The mid-level card for the set is the one we actually made at the workshop. I just love that little watercolor “smudge” behind the flower. It makes it so that you really don’t have to color the flower further. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the corner rounder from the Envelope Punch Board to create the tag. I inked the watercolor stamp with Soft Sky then stamped it off to make it even softer. The flower is stamped in Basic Gray. The sentiment comes from the hostess set Express Yourself and is stamped onto a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White. I cut the banner ends using the Sale-a-bration Banner Punch (just slip in one end and then the other). I tied on some Soft Sky Seam Binding with Linen Thread to top the tag. All popped up on Dimensionals with a little more corner rounding and finished with some Basic Pearls.
Then I went about creating the really stepped up version. I had fun with this one! I stamped an additional flower and colored it using Soft Sky and So Saffron Ink and my Blender Pen. I touched on a little Pool Party on the lines to add more dimension to the coloring. I cut it out and put it up on a Dimensional for some extra wow. The Soft Sky panel was embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. Then I distressed all the layers with my Stampin’ Distress Tool. I distressed the Seam Binding too and tied a bow out of the Linen Thread. The card isn’t really harder but it takes more time and more tools.
And that is really what the series of cards was intended to show (you can see the most basic version in the background above). When stampers come to classes, we demos like to pull out the stops — well, at least I do. But you can take the same card and either simplify or take it up a notch depending on how long you have to stamp and how many products you have available. All of these cards will be equally appreciated by the recipient and that is what REALLY matters!
I hope you like these as much as my workshop stampers did. I also used the stepped up version for a swap at the event last weekend.
Another week has flown by and I hope yours has been good. I just keep thinking that spring is right around the corner and that makes me smile! Soccer tournament this weekend (the early harbinger of spring, right?) and maybe some more flying. Thanks so much for stopping in today. I’ll see you next week!
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Stamps: Watercolor Wonder, Express Yourself; Paper: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Ink: Soft Sky, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Pool Party; Accessories: Big Shot, Decorative Dots EF, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Envelope Punch Board, Banner Punch, Soft Sky Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Blender Pen, Distress Tool, Dimensionals