Colourful Birthday

If writers can have writer’s block, can crafters have crafter’s block? For the past weeks I have been struggling to get inspired and motivated to create new cards. I do not know if the heat wave is melting away my brain (this is the third or fourth heat wave this year) or if I am in need of a holiday. Admittedly, I had to force myself to sit at my desk and craft – I know this is not ideal, but I think it worked out well. I made this colourful birthday card:

I used my Distress Inks as watercolours and created a rainbow background with my paintbrush and acrylic block. The colours are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers. I chose these particular colours because I had found this colour combination on Pinterest a while ago – and I really liked it. With the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables set, I die-cut the rainbow background to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

From white cardstock, I die-cut the Scripty Happy-die three times and adhered them on top of each other to give the word some dimension. I, then, took black cardstock and the smallest of the Everyday Sentiment Banners dies; on this die-cut, I stamped the “birthday”-sentiment from Let’s Bokeh with Lawn Fawn’s Yeti Ink. To finish, I adhered everything onto the rainbow background.

At first I was not sure if I would participate in the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge. Eventually, I decided to enter this card – the colours fit the criteria and maybe I can inspire others to create cool cards.

I know that this colourful birthday card is a very simple card but since I am trying to find my “spark” again, I am glad that I was able to make something nice… I thank you very much for stopping by! I hope that I will be back soon with more cards.

Supplies I used:

  • Ranger Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers
  • Lawn Fawn die sets: Scripty Happy, Everyday Sentiment Banners, Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Let’s Bokeh
  • Lawn Fawn inks: Yeti Ink
  • other: paintbrush, acrylic block, watercolour paper, white cardstock, black cardstock, liquid glue
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Cool Penguins

I have used the penguins from Penguins in Paradise by My Favorite Things only on one card so far and I really wanted to use them again. And this time, I wanted to place them in a tropical scene. While I had my watercolour supplies out for the cards that I made for the last Lawn Fawnatics challenge, I created some backgrounds that showed a tropical sunset.

I made these penguin cards during the heat wave and I feel a little “cooler” now:

For all these backgrounds, I used Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock and Distress Inks. I googled images of “tropical sunset” and found very beautiful skies with hues of yellow, orange, red and violet. Luckily, I also found a pin on Pinterest where someone had done such a colour combination with Distress Inks: Mustard Seed (yellow), Barn Door (red), Spiced Marmelade (orange), and Seedless Preserves (violet).

I stamped the penguins and some props from the Penguins in Paradise stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured them with my Copic markers. Usually, I would take black (Copic colour 100) to colour the penguins but I decided to go for a dark shade of grey (Copic colour N6) instead – I really like how it turned out. After colouring, all of these images were cut with their coordinating dies.

As far as the watercolour backgrounds are concerned, I took the biggest rectangle of Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, placed it on the panels individually and ran them through my die-cutting machine.
The beach, i.e. the ground for the penguins to stand on, was created with some Distress Ink (I think the colour was Scattered Straw) and water and the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders from Lawn Fawn.

The sentiments were all stamped with Versafine ink in colour Onyx Black. The phrases “Cheers” and “Hope your day is as cool as you are” are from the Penguins in Paradise stamp set. The “You deserve to be celebrated” and “You’re even cooler than you were last year” are from the stamp set Twice the Wishes by My Favorite Things.

Here is a close-up look of the “cool” penguins cards (please click on the respective image to enlarge):

I hope you enjoyed this and may have even inspired you to create – or to take a holiday :-)

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a nice day!

Plane and Simple Congrats

Because I was not able to participate in the last Lawn Fawnatics challenge, I was determined to submit a card for their current challenge: watercolour.

I thought that the watercolour theme is perfect for the Plane and Simple stamp set by Lawn Fawn as watercolours can be used to create beautiful sky backgrounds. My card for today will be a congratulation card for my brother-in-law and his wife who are expecting their second child in July. Oh, and my brother-in-law is a pilot :-).

To create the first watercolour background, I took Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock and used Distress Inks to make a blue sky. Since Distress Ink reacts with water, I took advantage of this property to make some “clouds” (or rather: bright spots) in the sky. After the panel was dry, I took a piece of paper towel, crumpled it in my hand and wet it with water. I dabbed this paper towel on random places on the panel. The water, then, reacts with the Distress ink and sort of “removes” the colour.

In addition to this blue panel, I looked for colour combinations of the sky at sunset. I found one colour combination on Pinterest that I really liked: Salty Ocean (blue), Seedless Preserves (violet), Picked Raspberry (pink), Mustard Seed (yellow). I made a second panel using these colours.

I stamped the images from the stamp set in Versafine ink (colour: Onyx Black) on Tim Holtz Watercolour Cardstock. In order to get a softer look and to stay consistent with the watercolour theme, I also used Distress Inks to colour these images. The images were then die-cut with their coordinating dies.

I took the biggest rectangle of Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, placed it on my panels individually and ran them through my die-cut machine. I, then, glued the clouds with liquid glue onto the panel and adhered the plane and the sky-writing (i.e. the heart-shaped cloud) with foam tape.
I took the sentiment from Penelope’s Blossoms, an older stamp set by Lawn Fawn, and stamped it in Versafine ink (colour: Onyx Black) to match the images.
The card base measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches (the unfolded card measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches, the score line is at 4.25 inches).

Here is the blueish Plane and Simple card (please click on the image to enlarge):

And this is the pinkish Plane and Simple card (please click on the image to enlarge):

Depending on the sex of the baby, I will either hand out the blueish or the pinkish card :-).

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a nice day!