Friday Simple Stamping – No Rhyme * No Reason

 September 4th, 2020

This week the theme for Simple Stamping is No Rhyme * No Reason.  When planning what I will do so I can update my website, I take a look at various sources for inspiration.  On the National Register of Official Days for September, September 1st is listed as No Rhyme * No Reason Day.  That works for me!  Make something that make you happy…

I have been waiting to use the “Country Home” stamp set again and September is a perfect time to do so.

These cards represent a series of HARVEST FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS in an OMBRÉ Color Combo.

Easy – Harvest Blessings
A quick and simple card.  Three cut panels, So Saffron, Bumble Bee and Mango Melody are stacked together creating the Ombré color effect.  The image Milk Can Floral Arrangement is stamped over all three panels at the same time.  The panels are then arranged on the Soft Suede card base equidistant from each other.  To create a soft and dreamy look, I very lightly dry colored the image with a variety of Water Color Pencils.  I added a few Bumble Bee Enamel Dots to create a bit of visual interest.

Harvest Blessings

Below is a photo showing you the detail of the coloring with the water pencils. I used Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray and Whisper White.

Harvest Blessings – Coloring Detail

Step Up – Perfect Day
To step up this card, I decided to go tone-on-tone with So Saffron.  I added panels of Crushed Curry and Cinnamon Cider Designer Series Papers to continue with the Ombré effect.  The Cinnamon Cider sentiment from “Butterfly Wishes” is stamped on the So Saffron panel then dry embossed with the Tasteful Textiles EF.  The floral arrangement is stamped in Cinnamon Cider on Very Vanilla and cut with one of the Layering Oval Dies and popped up with Dimensionals.  Again, I added soft color with a variety of Watercolor Pencils.

Perfect Day

Below is a photo showing you the detail. The texture from embossing with Tasteful Textiles adds a really nice effect.

The water color pencils I used were: Daffodil Delight. Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry.

The Watering Can stamped image was chosen for this card because the overall image fit onto / into the cut Oval. I really like the Milk Can but the overall image was too tall.

Perfect Day detail

Stepped Up – Happy Birthday
To add a little glam to this stepped-up version, I chose to use the new Copper Brushed Metallic cardstock.  While not exactly Ombré, the color blocking technique used in the previous cards is retained.  The copper panel is fully embossed with the Tasteful Textiles EF, two patterns of the Crushed Curry DSP are used for the blocks and the Vanilla Weave ribbon and Copper Metallic ribbon are used in the center to separate the blocks.  I chose to emboss the watering can, floral arrangement and sentiment.  The watering can is embossed on to the copper cardstock and the floral arrangement and sentiment is embossed on to Very Vanilla.  The watering can and flowers are fussy cut and popped up on a Stitched Oval Die.  The sentiment flag is cut from one of the Tasteful Labels Die set and also popped up.  This time I added a painted effect to the floral coloring by using a Blender Pen. Champagne Rhinestones add just the right amount of sparkle.

Happy Birthday

Below is a photo showing you the detail. See how both the Copper Brushed Metallic cardstock, ribbon and Rhinestones shine? Just lovely! The Tasteful Textiles embossing folder is truly one of my favorites.

On this card, I chose to use a Blender Pen to add a watercolor effect when using the water color pencils. I used the same watercolor pencil colors as I did in the previous card.

What do you think? Do you like the cards I created? Let me know which is your favorite and why.

Cheers! Jolanda

Post the card(s) you make using the theme “No Rhyme * No Reason” on my Facebook Post: so we can all see your creativity.

Need a card? Ask me and I can create one for you. Want the supplies to create your own, let me know and I can help you with that too!


Supply List:

Stamp Sets: Country Home (147678), Butterfly Wishes (149346), By the Dock (151622)

Cardstock: Soft Suede (115318), So Saffron (105118), Bumble Bee (153077), Mango Melody (146989), Very Vanilla (101650), Brushed Metallic (153524)

Ink: Soft Suede (147115), Cinnamon Cider (153114), Versamark (102283)

Designer Series Paper: Crushed Curry Regals Collection (153073)), Cinnamon Cider Flower for Every Season (152486))

Tools: Paper Trimmer (152392), Watercolor Pencils (141709), Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (149014), Tasteful Textiles 3D EF (152718), Layering Oval Dies (151771), Stitched Shapes Dies (152323), Tasteful Labels Dies (152886), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653)

Embellishments: In-Color Enamel Dots (152480), Champagne Rhinestones (151193), Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack – Vanilla Weave (152475), Basket Weave and Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (153553)

Note: I used the retired Copper Embossing Powder that I had in my collection. I could have used the Gold Embossing Powder (109129) instead and the effect would have been equally as nice.

The Ombré and Color Blocking techniques used on these cards were inspired by Sue Vine and Lori Heiling. Thank you!

Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

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