Friday, June 16, 2017

Watercolor Frame --- 2 Ways or 3!

Hello friends!
It is my turn to share projects with you over Altenew Card Blog.
 It's time to highlight the background stamp like  Watercolor Frame.
This stamp may look abstract, but it really is easy to use.

(all the supplies are listed at the end of this post)

                                                                     Watercolor Frame 
 (shop Simon Says Stamp)

Under the Cherry Blossom 
(shop Simon Say Stamp)

Card #1
This simple one layer is truly easy to create.
Once I had the idea to stamp the water-colored circle as the sun,  it takes little time to stamp.

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I often started with the lightest shades to the darkest. This way, I find it easier to control the depth of colors and correct the shades when necessary.

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Like any story-telling, there is "the beginning, the middle and the end".
I like to revise that for card-making..."there is "the top, the center and the bottom". This card clearly illustrates just that.

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My 2nd card uses the background circle in a slightly different way.
Rather than just serving as a background, it is now a wreath/frame!
I selected a few ink colors and proceeded to stamp a simple wreath.

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Again, a card like this doesn't take much time. 

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The card appears to be a bit flat after my stamping. I decided to add a small flower and popped it up. I also stamped two stripes underneath the sentiment. It looks so much more balanced, too!

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My take-away lesson from this card? Don't be afraid to experiment with colors. I normally would not stamp two different types of green in the same design. However, when you stamp Sea Shore and Tropical get this gorgeous and bright colors. In a way, you do get the best of BOTH worlds.
Here's a look at the three cards I created with Watercolor Frame.

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I truly hope that this post with simple stamping inspires you. I would very much appreciate that you leave me a comment over Altenew Card Blog. Remember that one of you will could win an $15 Altenew Gift Card every month. It is based on the comments that you made in all of my Altenew posts.
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Thank you so much for stopping by!
Here are the supplies that I used for today's projects.


Harriet said...

Virginia, Both cards are gorgeous. I think the 'Under Cherry Blossom' id spectacular; however, the wreath card is superb. Your artistry is amazing.

conil said...

Back from the Altenew blog and just had to say, you've enabled me yet again. Need this frame set.

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! These are great ideas for using the Watercolor Frames set! Love the bright sun and the wreath!

I Card Everyone said...

It never occurred to me that this simple stamp set could be so versatile, Virginia... and Gorgeous!!! Card #2 - beautiful...Card #1 is a total stunner!

Valerija said...

Wonderful cards Virginia. I can't decide which one is my favourite.
Have a great day.

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards. thanks for sharing how you used these stamps.

lostinpaper said...

These are all so fabulous Virginia and such great inspiration for this wonderful stamp set!

Joy Meadows said...

Just lovely cards, Virginia! I love them all.

mandalj said...

I really like the way you've made the sun for the first card - looks so lovely!

Barb Ghig said...

Beautiful cards, Virginia! I love how the first one makes me feel as though I'm looking through a window to my pretty!

Lisa Elton said...

LOVE LOVE the way you've used this stamp set. Beautiful work Virginia!!

Mary-Anne V said...

how beautiful and creative to use these watercolor stamps in these new ways.

Miriam Prantner said...

Pretty! My favorite is the frame as the sun!

Purple Princess said...

Beautiful cards!!