This week, I actually have the stamp set suggested for Thursday’s Stampin’ Through the Catalog Challenge. Best Year is a versatile stamp set with a lot of great sentiments with carryforward statements for the inside of the card.
The general layout for the card I created was inspired by the current Global Design Project Challenge – GDP288. Copy and Selectively (CASE) a card created by Manuela Geiswinkler. My take-aways from Manuela’s design included a bit of watercolor, some paint splatter, a lower left image, a distressed mat panel and a slightly off-kilter main image panel.
The theme over at TGIF, TGIT312, is Very Vintage. From this I determined that I could create a vintage look with vintage (retired) stamp sets.
The current TIC TAC TOE Challenge – TTTC110, top left to bottom right…Watercolor, Florals and Vintage was right up my alley.
And this is the result:
To me vintage tends to mean ephemera, soft tones of pink, beige and green, pretty ribbon and something Parisian.
That being said, I selected two retired stamp sets: Botanical Prints and Parisian Beauty to work with.
On a piece of Shimmery White cardstock (4¼” x5 ½”), using a Wet-on-Wet Water Color technique, I added Crumb Cake ink and Rococo Rose ink up the left side of the panel and set it aside to dry. When it was dry, I added splatter by knocking the Water Painter with my finger. I also used a Toothbrush to add water splatters to increase the variation of the color densities. When the panel was completely dry, I stamped the Eiffel Tower and the Words from the Parisian Beauty stamp set. Both images were stamped off once. Crumb Cake ink for the Eiffel Tower and Mint Macaron ink for the Words.
For the Stampin’ Through the Catalog, Best Year stamp set, I chose the sentiment, Happy Birthday to You stamped in Early Espresso ink to complete the panel.
On another smaller piece of Shimmery White cardstock, I stamped the Blossom from the Botanical Prints stamp set with Sahara Sand ink. Using the No-Line Water Coloring technique, the Blossom and Leaves were painted with Rococo Rose and Mint Macaron ink. A little yellow was added to the Blossom centers using the Crushed Curry Water Color Pencil. Once completed and dry, the Blossom was die-cut with the coordinating Botanical Prints Die.
Putting it all together: I chose a Crumb Cake card base (5½” x 8½” scored at 4¼”), added a Rococo Rose cardstock mat (4” x 5¼”) that was distressed with the edge of my Paper Snips (scissors) and adhered off kilter. The Shimmery White panel was trimmed down (3¾” x 5”) and also adhered off kilter.
I deconstructed a piece of the In-Color Rococo Rose Scalloped Linen Ribbon and placed the two separate pieces diagonally under a Soft Seafoam cardstock Stitched Shaped Die circle (1⅞”) which was dry-embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder for a bit of texture. I chose to use the light-colored circle to compliment the Blossom and separate it from the water-color wash in the background.
Finally, the ephemera Blossom was popped up on the circle mat with a few Dimensionals.
There you have it! A very vintage “cased” water colored floral birthday card. Wishing to remind my friend to have their “best year” yet.
Thanks for spending some of your time with me today. Cheers, Jolanda!
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