For this month’s Stamper’s Club cards I decided to focus on the watercolor wonder crayons. We’ll be making 2 cards and this adorable gift card holder. If you’ve read anything about me or have been following my blog, you’ll know that while I greatly admire originality and creativity, I don’t feel pressured that everything I do needs to be original. As my business coach John Sanpietro says: “you don’t get paid more to be original”. My goal is to keep introducing and teaching my customers techniques and projects that are new to them. That’s why I love the internet so much – it’s a phenomenal resource for finding ideas. So this month, for 2 of my projects, I turned to the extremely talented stamp artists: Cambria Turnbow and Amy Rysavy. For more details read on!
This first card is almost a direct case from Amy Rysavy other than I changed the colors and used a different background technique for my card front. The color combination of the card was one of my personal color challenges. I took out my color coach and looked at the dynamic duos to find combination that I have not used before. I came up with Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac. Now I have to tell you, I barely use Lovely Lilac because personally I find it to be too overpowering of a color. Used like this however, as an accent color, I find it stunning! Once I settled on my dynamic duo, I then turned my color coach to Almost Amethyst to see what colors were suggested, and I selected So Saffron and Rose Red. The technique itself is called crayons on vellum. Amy created a wonderful tutorial which you can see HERE. Essentially, I stamped the flowers from Both Way Blossoms in Basic Black ink onto the front of vellum cardstock. I then flipped the cardstock over, and on the back side I colored in using the following crayon colors: So Saffron, Rose Red, Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac and Old Olive. I then flipped the cardstock over to the “right” side, and mounted it to the white cardstock using rose red brads from the Rich Regals brads collection. The ink speckling which you see on the card front was done using the Almost Amethyst marker and the color spritzer. The scalloped edge on the Rose Red cardstock was created with the slit punch.
The colors I chose for this card were Apricot Appeal for the card itself, Basic Black and Pixie Pink. The white paper is actually watercolor paper. I stamped the large flower from Doodle This and the greeting from Much Appreciated, in Black Staz On ink. I then used three colors of watercolor wonder crayons: pretty in pink, cameo coral and pixie pink, and blended them using an aqua painter. The centers of the flowers are done in Apricot Appeal. I have to tell you, the cameo coral was actually an accident. I thought I had grabbed regal rose. I was aiming for three different shads: light, medium and darker. I actually like how it turned out. I also used the ticket corner punch to created the corners and black brads from the vintage collection.
I got this adorable idea from Cambria Turnbow. It’s created out of an 8″ x 8″ sheet of double sided designer paper. I found the tutorial on Cambria’s blog – you can see it HERE. When I saw it I thought it was a very timely idea with it being the end of the school year. Last night my husband I went to Chapters (a local book store) and I purchased gift cards for my kid’s teachers (that’s not the card you see in the second picture – that was one I just grabbed out of my wallet to demonstrate how it fits).
I used the same paper that she did: the Petals and Paisleys designer paper from the Spring Mini. The flowers are punched out from Apricot Appeal and Regal Rose cardstock using the 3 flower punch from the catalogue, then I added little white dots to the center with the white gel pen. I paper pierced the stems then used the fine tip of the celery marker to “connect the dots”. The greeting and butterfly are from the Small Sayings stamp set that was in the Winter Mini Catalogue. The cardstock mat is Cool Caribbean (boy am I going to miss this color!). The ribbon is the rose grosgrain. On the inside I used the Tab punch to make a tab out of Apricot Appeal cardstock. Added a little flower and stamped Thank You from the Fancy Flexible Phrases Stamp Set. Thanks for looking!