Monday, March 6, 2023

Springtime Fun - Stampin' Up! Playng in the Rain

   I was inspired to design this card for a recent class by a customer who sent me a lovely watercolored card that she had made.  I hadn't done a watercoloring card in class for a really long time so it was long overdue.

  The Playing in the Rain stamp set was perfect for a little bit of watercoloring and scene building with the fantastic coordinating Playing in the Rain dies.

  This one starts with a nice bright card base in Tahitian Tide.  Then using a piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper (which is nice and thick and takes ink beautifully) we watercolored the background sky and grass.  Water painters (on page 129 in the Annual Catalog) are perfect for all the coloring on this card.  We used the wide brushes for the sky and grass and the finer tip ones for the small spaces on the bunny.  All the ink colors used are listed below.

  Once the background was dry the rest of the scene was added.  The bunny is stamped in Stazon onto Shimmery White paper and then watercolored.  The bunny was stamped a second time onto a small piece of Rain or Shine DSP and then the raincoat is fussy cut then paper pieced onto the bunny for a fun patterned design.

  The kite, grass sprouts and clouds are die cut and added to the scene.  For ease of use for my customers we used adhesive sheets for the kite pieces to make adhering all those small bits super easy.  One cloud and one of the grass sprouts are popped on dimensionals.  

  The sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration set Thanks a Bunch and is stamped in Tahitian Tide and popped on dimensionals at the bottom of the card.  A few Pastel Adhesive Backed sequins around the clouds adds a bit of sparkle for the finishing touch.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Playing in the Rain, Thanks a Bunch (SAB-retired)

Ink: Stazon, Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate (Gray Granite makes a nice bunny color too)

Paper: Tahitian Tide, Fluid 100 watercolor paper, Basic White, Shimmery White, Sweet Sorbet, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Rain or Shine DSP

Accessories: water painters, dimensionals, Playing in the Rain dies, dimensionals

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