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What a Difference Paper Makes!

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. I hope that wherever you are, you’re looking forward to a nice weekend.  If you’re following along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness, today’s theme is ‘Sunshine’. So I’ve incorporated bright colours and sun rays in my project! Today I’m sharing two cards with you, both made using the exact same stamp set and markers. The difference is the papers I used – and what a difference paper makes! Here’s a look at both cards, side by side.

What a Difference Paper Makes!

If I hand’t already told you that they were coloured with the same markers, would you believe me just by looking at the photo above? It’s true! The exact same colours in the exact same markers were used. However, the card on the left is done on watercolour paper. The card on the right is done on  regular smooth white cardstock.

WATERCOLOUR CARD

To start, set up the watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Because of the texture of the paper, you’ll want to ink & stamp twice, for a complete image. Ink up the Picket Fence Studios Early Tulip Bouquet image stamp in Versamark ink. Ink & stamp twice, and then cover with fine white embossing powder. Use a heat tool, to set the powder.

Now, use Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to colour the tulips, stems and leaves. Next, use the yellow marker to create some sun rays, and blend them out with the water brush.  Once the panel is dry, stamp the sentiment from the same PFS Early Tulip Bouquet set in the upper left corner, in Nocturne ink.

What a Difference Paper Makes!

REGULAR CARDSTOCK

For the card on regular cardstock, swap out the watercolour paper, and stamp the image in Nocturne ink on regular smooth white cardstock. Use the same Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to colour the images.

The marker colours I used for both cards are: 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 025 Pink, 081 Light Violet, 041 Light Green and 045 Pale Green.  This time, use a stencil to create the sun rays. Apply Mustard Seed distress Oxide with a blending brush through the stencil. Then, again stamp the sentiment in Nocturne ink.

Finish both cards by layering onto a piece of light green cardstock, and then a light yellow card base. A few clear drops are added for embellishment.

What a Difference Paper Makes

Quite a difference in the intensity of colours, don’t you think?!  Even if I had embossed the image in white for the 2nd card, that wouldn’t have changed the intensity of the marker ink. Plus, with regular cardstock, you can’t add as much water for blending, for fear of completely breaking down the card fibers.

WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

It’s amazing what a difference paper makes, isn’t it? Do  you have a preference? The soft look of watercolour, or the intense full colour of regular cardstock? I think both are beautiful, in their own way. So as you can see, if you want to ‘mix things up’ with your artwork, just try switching up the substrate you’re working on! Or use the same substrate (base), and change the medium. Or change both! Wouldn’t these tulips look beautiful in alcohol inks? How about Perfect Pearls?

Before you head off to start creating, just a reminder that there’s still time to visit & leave your comments on our May Blog Hop! CLICK HERE to start with Tara’s post, and leave a comment on each blog as you hop along. By doing this, you’re automatically entered into the draw for a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp! But hurry – it closes on May 14th!   Also, join our Random Acts of Cardness challenge on the Facebook Challenge Page HERE. At the end of the month, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all the submissions for another $50 Gift Certificate!  That’s a lot of shopping you could win 🙂

Thanks for hanging out with me today! I hope you’re inspired to create.  Please leave me a comment, and let me know what you think of these 2 versions of the same sunshine tulip card.

What a Difference Paper Makes!

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Sending Paper Hugs Blog Hop!

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp Paper Hugs Blog Hop!  I’m so excited to send paper hugs your way along with our design team… these projects are soon to be blooming with creativity to bring some cheer to your day!

As usual, we encourage comments on our posts… and will be randomly selecting someone from those comments to win a $50 gc for the SNS online store!   Be sure to read through to the end of this post for links to the rest of the girls cards!  Any orders placed this weekend could get a FREE ‘paper hug’ sentiment stamp like the one I used on my card- just put ‘send me a hug’ in your order comments!  (freebies are while supplies last)

I’m gonna kick things off with this card featuring this gorgeous Colossal Coneflower stamp by Gina K Designs.  This stamp set is really gorgeous, with several leaves, blooms & sentiments to mix and match.  I kept it simple with just one flower on my card, pairing it with the Paper Hug stamp by Picket Fence Studios.

I stamped onto some watercolor paper in a pale grey Archival ink so I wouldn’t have dark lines competing with the vibrant colors I wanted to use.  I took my inspiration from an image of echinacea in this gorgeous mix of fuchsia and orange.  I went in with my Aquarell Watercolour Pencils (if you don’t have any, try starting with a set like this one by Nuvo) and just shaded away until I got a color blend I was happy with.  I love blending it all together with a water brush since it’s so easy to work with.

I finished things off with a bit of shimmer… I splattered some shimmer of Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle.  I used one of the bottles of Perfect Pearls Mist, which I don’t believe they make any more, but I think you can get the same effect mixing some pearls with a bit of water and splattering with a brush.  It adds such a pretty bit of shimmer to this simple card!  I decided to trim down a 5×7 kraft card base to just 3.75″ wide and make a tall & slim card.

I added a the ‘paper hug’ sentiment, which I inked in a purple ink, then penciled over in orange to add an ombre effect.  A gold pen lightly over all of it adds a bit of extra shimmer too!

 

I can’t wait to share with you what the rest of the team has been creating- hope it brings you warm fuzzies like a real hug, which I know most of us aren’t getting near enough of these days with all the social distancing that is going on 😉  Next up on the hop is Chala– enjoy!  Here’s the full list of links:

 

Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara