Beautiful Day - Dress it down or Dress it up!

Beautiful Day - Dress it down or Dress it up!

Howdy stampin' friends!  It's a cold, rainy day here in Northern California...just perfect for staying in to stamp something pretty!  I have a pile of Christmas projects I want to work on but I thought I'd share these projects with you first.

I thought I'd pull out the lovely Beautiful Day stamp set to share a #simplestamping project as well as a stepped-up card.  There are sentiments included in this set but I wanted to pair it with a set that is ALL sentiments--Another Wonderful Year.  Having a set of sentiments to cover a large variety of occasions is a must for be able to mix-and-match sentiments will take just one or two other stamp sets with favorite images a long, long way!

First, I've used very basic stamping....this card can literally be made in a minute or two.  If you're just getting started in stamping or you're in a rush, this is a great project!  One thing that I always like to say about a hand-made card is that your recipient will be thrilled that you took the time to make it, whether you spent just a little bit of time or a lot!

For the beginner, this card uses just one stamp pad and the two colored cardstocks come from a cardstock pack so you are receiving three colors when you purchase it....this saves money over purchasing card packs by individual color.

To make the card, I stamped the butterfly and trio of flowers (two individual stamps) in Berry Burst ink onto a piece of Berry Burst cardstock, then adhered it with SNAIL adhesive toward the left side of a Lemon Lime Twist card base (for new stampers, a "card base" is a piece of 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock cut in half and folded...this will fit perfectly into our envelopes).

To finish it up, I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock, clipped the ends to flag them, then attached it to the card front in the bottom, right corner with SNAIL adhesive.

As I said, this is stamping at its very simplest but you can still make a very cute card with minimal experience and supplies!  By offsetting the Berry Burst cardstock over the Lemon Lime Twist and again offsetting the sentiment, it's easy to create a bit of interest.

Here are the products I used for this first card...



I used the same stamp sets on my stepped-up card...just added a few stamping supplies and watercoloring...

I started by stamping the flower in Smoky Slate ink on the left side of a piece of watercolor paper.  I applied a mask to cover the image so that I could stamp it again on the right side and that flower would appear to be behind the first one (TIP:  You can easily create a mask by stamping the image onto a post-it note and cutting it out.  Save them in your stamp case so you can use them over and over again!)  I waterecolored the image with an Aqua Painter and ink from the lids of Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate ink pads.  When you're watercoloring, start by doing a light wash of color over the image, then build the shadows by adding layers of color.  When the piece is finished, set it aside to dry.

The sentiment is stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto a scrap of Smoky Slate cardstock, then punched out with the Pretty Label punch.  To help it stand out just a bit more, I sponged the edge with a sponge dauber and Smoky Slate ink.

To add texture, I ran a piece of Berry Burst cardstock through the Big Shot in the Tufted embossing folder, then adhered the watercolor piece over the top with SNAIL adhesive.  I ran a piece of Berry Burst metallic-edge ribbon across the bottom edge of the watercolor paper and secured the ends to the back side of the Berry Burst cardstock before attaching both pieces to the Smoky Slate cardbase.

To finish it up, I attached the sentiment piece with stampin' dimensionals, then tied a half knot of the metallic-edge ribbon to create a "bow".  Finally, I splattered a bit of smoky slate ink over the entire card front with the aqua painter.

In addition to the products above, I added these to complete this card...


If you'd like more ideas using the Beautiful Day stamp set, go to My Gallery and type in "Beautiful Day"...all the projects I've done using this set will pop up for you!  Thank you so much for stopping by today...hope you enjoyed these projects!  I'll be back again on Thursday with more ideas to share!

Until next...happy stampin'!

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