Summer, Just Breathe

At times my creativity hits a road block.  Do you ever experience that?  With many Stampin’ Up! products to choose from, I often ask my friends for help to inspire me.  It could be a simple what is your favorite color or maybe what is your favorite stamp set.  It’s a starting point for my creativity to take over. Today’s card was inspired by 2 things.  I asked a friend her favorite color and when the answer was blue, it made me think of water at the beach, which of course reminds me of summer.  Summer, Just Breathe is a quick card to create and send out to a friend.


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Getting Started!

I didn’t specifically ask what shade of blue from my friend, I just needed the guidance of where to start.  Pulling for the new Balmy Blue color I decided Crumb Cake was the next logical color representing a sand color.  On the card, I stamped the Just Because from the Colorful Season Stamp Set in Early Espresso.  The set has several greeting to coordinate with the seasonal images of leaves, snowflakes, flowers and a cute beach chair.  The Seasonal Layers Thinlits, which is sold separately, compliments the stamp set by adding die cut elements to a project!


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The Details:

After I cut my card stock including the watercolor card stock, I reached for my reinkers and Aqua Pen.  Watercoloring is not always easy for me.  I can easily shade the item too dark and have to start over.  But with practice, I see I am improving.  The watercolor card stock is cut 3 3/4″ x 5.”  I stamped the sentiment along the side and waited a brief moment before I started to shade with the Aqua Painter.  Adding some reinker to the lid of my ink pad, I grabbed some color on the brush and gently stroked the paper until I reached the desire shade.  Then I repeated the step with Crumb Cake to make the beach look.  A piece of the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack was used for the chair and for the drink, a bright yellow shade.  I did try the shading on the regular Whisper White card stock and you can see there are streak marks.  It still works but I like the effect or softness of the watercolor card stock.


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Watercolor with Aqua Painters on Whisper White Card Stock


Buy 3 Get 1 Free Selected Designer Series Paper!

On July 1st, Stampin’ Up! announced the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper.  The chair on today’s card is part of the paper stack called Wood Textures.  Wood Textures is also part of the Designer Series Promotion.  I am sure if you head to my store and look at all the pretty pack included in the sale, you will have a hard time picking just 4.  Adding Designer Series Paper to your projects brings a unique look to your creativity!



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