HI everyone! Today I have a fun post to share with you. Are you on Instagram? If you aren't, you might think about joining! Many of our favorite companies have fun giveaways all the time and talented crafter, Tracie from Little Bug Studio, tagged me on one such giveaway by Paper Smooches and we won! So, keep tagging your friends on all those fun instagram giveaways because you never know when it will be YOU!
We had no idea what we would be getting and when we received our packages from Kim, we were both floored by her generosity with this:
Amazing, right?! Well, Tracie and I chatted a bit and we decided to join up and use the product we received to see what we would create in our own style using the same things! I am so excited to see what she came up with! I thought it might be fun to use our goodies together and thank Kim for this amazing prize. Plus, it gave me the excuse to use all my goodies right away when I may have otherwise hoarded them! ;)
My first card uses 2 of the stamp sets and 1 of the dies (Kudos, Group Hugs, Big Friend Word die). Since it IS Watercolor Wednesday around here, I went with a watercolor background using some Faber-Castell gelatos. I used two colors from the new pastel set and I love the soft subtle colors of these gelatos. So pretty. I actually used this same technique to create Mother's Day cards this year.
I love popping up my die words and the easiest way to do this is by layering the die multiple times. I used plain white cardstock for my first 2 layers and then the word grain die for the top layer. It is super easy to do and I love the dimension it gives to my card. I love the encouraging words in the Group Hugs stamp set; it's going to be one of my go to sets to send out encouraging cards to friends and family.
My second card uses 1 stamp set and 1 die (Cute Fruit, Hearts Die). I have to admit, this set is not one I probably would have been drawn to, but after thinking about it awhile, I thought I would do more watercoloring. I chose the pear stamp and stamped it with Distress Ink onto watercolor paper. I wiped away one side to keep the watercolor stamping soft and create a more hand painted look. I used a wet paint brush to move the color around and also added some extra distress inks in some oranges and pinks to give it some more realistic texture. Once it was dry (I cheated and used my heat tool to speed up the process) I stamped the eyes and glasses and I was totally smitten by the way my vision was turning out! I used the Hearts die to inlay some coordinating pattern paper on the bottom of my image panel and stamped the sentiment on the pattern paper.
Some glossy accents on the glasses and enamel dots finished up this clean and simple card! These Cute Fruit stamps have definitely stolen my heart and I can't wait to use this same technique to watercolor the rest of them.
Ok, hope you are still here! My third and final card features Hot Concoctions. I made this one for the current Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect Challenge. I was inspired by the chevron and wood grain in the photo..and of course the coffee…always coffee!
I love my coffee so this stamp set just makes me happy! I love the sentiment and I thought adding one of the sentiments from the Group Hugs set just completed the card. You could definitely send this to a friend who might be having a bad day to give them encouragement. I love how you all the stamps just blend together perfectly throughout the Paper Smooches line, you can mix and match to your hearts content.
No watercoloring on this one, I did some very simple Copic shading on the coffee cup with my grey's and a little bit of paper piecing for some extra color and interest.
All in all, I am so happy with the way my cards turned out, my favorite surprisingly is the Cute Fruit one! I think because it pushed me creatively outside of my "normal", I was able to grow and I will definitely be using the stamps more as well as the technique.
Be sure to check out Tracie's blog now to see what she created with the same products from Paper Smooches and to Kim at Paper Smooches, thank you again for your amazing generosity!!!
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Paper Smooches Stamps - Kudos, Group Hugs, Cute Fruit
Paper Smooches Wise Dies - Big Friend Word, Hearts
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Blueprints 15, Blueprints 24
My Minds Eye 6x6 Paper Pad - Adorbs
Basic Grey 6x6 Paper Pad - Highline
Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings - Silver Sparkle Hemp Cord
Doodlebug Designs Inc Sprinkles - Summer Glitter Assortment
Tsukineko Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black, Toffee Crunch)
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Tsukineko Memento Luxe (Purple, Pink)