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Paint Splatter Succulents

Cactus splatter cards

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far! Today I’m posting a card set that has absolutely nothing to do with Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Years! Oh, well. I still love these!

Cactus splatter cards

I took inspiration for this card set from a card that Therese Calvrid made using succulent stamps (I used MFT Sweet Succulents for mine) and Altenew’s A Splash of Color Stamp set. I loved the color scheme she chose, too, so I tried to emulate that as well.

Cactus splatter cards

After stamping, and masking, and stamping my images, and then stamping some ink splatters on top in various colors, I got to work on my sentiments, which I heat embossed in white on black paper. I then added them to each card with some foam tape to give a bit of dimension. The sentiments came from the same Sweet Succulents stamp set.

Cactus splatter cards

I love how the boldness of the sentiment contrasts with the rest of the color scheme.

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Cactus splatter cards

Thanks for stopping by today!

kimberly

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Autumn Leaves Card Set

Autumn leaf cards

I recently purchased the Autumn Leaves stamp set from Wplus9 (I’ve been swooning over it for quite a while) and now I want to make ALL THE FALL THEMED CARDS.

These three are a good start. :)

Autumn leaf cards

I started by stamping several of the outline leaf images on watercolor paper, and painting them in yellow and orange tones. I added several layers of watercolor to each image.

While the leaves were drying, I cut some panels out and masked them off so that narrow strips were showing, and sprayed the open areas with some gold color shine spray. The gold is really pretty and metallic but unfortunately does not show up well in these photographs.

Autumn leaf cards

When everything was dry, I started stamping some sentiments in Sepia VersaFine ink. The sentiments come from two different stamp sets: Doodle Buds and Handwritten Floral Greetings. Then, I mounted the panels to a 4bar card base, and added my leaves using foam tape.

Autumn leaf cards

Autumn leaf cards

Best part? These are available for purchase in the Freshwater Studio Shop!

kimberly

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Smile Three Times // Second Generation Stamping

Three happy cards seem like a good recovery from last week’s sympathy card post, don’t you think?

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I have been making lots of card sets lately (see here, and here…and here) and this Punny Produce: Pear set from Wplus9 was so cute and simple I couldn’t stop with just one card, so I made three! I started by stamping the pear outline in a medium-tone brown ink onto three different scallop-edge card panels. Next, I chose three colors of ink and stamped the solid image inside each outline.  I did something a little different for the stamping this time, though! I used second generation stamping for each solid filler image. So, I’d stamp off once (using varying amounts of pressure) onto some scrap paper before stamping the image onto my project. This created a nice effect along with some variation of tone on each image, which I really like.The ink colors I used were: Appletini, Old Gold and Cranberry Crush, all of which are dye inks from Wplus9.

Smile Wplus9 Perfect Pear

The stamp set also includes a solid image to fill in the stem and leaf outline, but I decided to skip it for this design.

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I kept the sentiment fairly simple, using only the Smile Circle wafer die and some vellum (cut into a circle using this die set). I cut the die twice for each card, and sandwiched the circle of vellum between each smile die cut with some Multi Medium Matte glue before adhering it to my panel with the same adhesive.

Smile card set

I mounted each panel onto an A2-sized card base made of Neenah Desert Storm card stock and then added a few sequins in coordinating colors to finish each card!

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

kimberly

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Coffee Love Card Set

Coffee card set

Are any of you big coffee drinkers? I will say that I’m not a big lover of the caffeinated beverage, but I do indulge in some coffee every once in a while – as long as it has a lot of cream and sugar in it! Even though I’m not an every day coffee drinker, I love the illustrated/line drawing quality of this stamp set, so I made sure to order it a few weeks ago!

Coffee cards

And for this small set of 4.25″x4.25″ cards, I did what I generally like to do – stamp a few images and add a watercolor wash. I find it’s a good way for me to “break in” a new stamp set lately. So, I cut my watercolor panels (I like Canson watercolor paper) and stamped a few different images and sentiments on each panel from the Coffee Love stamp set. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink for this, because it’s waterproof.

Love you more than coffee

I used my Gansai Tambi Watercolor set and various cool and warm brown tones to create different colored washes on each panel. Once they were all dry, I used a stitched square die to cut each panel a bit smaller, and then mounted each onto a card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock. Altenew coffee card set

I added some clear sequins to each panel to finish everything off!

Coffee card set

Make it a great week! :)

kimberly

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Sweet Succulents

Today I’m excited to share with you a little card set I made over the weekend.

MFT sweet succulents card set

Lately, I’m turning into somewhat of a plant lady. I have houseplants scattered all over my house, and I’m especially in love with succulents and air plants. So, when I saw the LLD Sweet Succulents stamp set, I knew I wanted to make some cute cards with it.
MFT sweet succulents card set

I wanted to create a cluster of potted plants on each card, so I started by making masks using my inkadinkadoo masking paper. Using masks allows you to build up a scene by first stamping whatever you want to be in the foreground (in my case, the central pot), then masking that image off, then stamping your next image (in my case, the plant that would be in the central pot), then adding a mask to that, and so on. Anything you stamp on top of a masked image will end up in the background. The best part is removing all of your masks at the end to reveal the scene!
MFT sweet succulents card set

I stamped on some A2-size scallop cards that I picked up from the clearance section at Paper Source. I thought the rounded edges of the paper would be a nice contrast to the visual spikey-ness of the cactus plants.
MFT sweet succulents card set

I made four cards, and decided to make each scene a little bit different, so I used and re-used my masks a lot. Even though the arrangement of plants differed on each card, I made sure to use the same grouping of three pots in the lower left, and stuck to the same color scheme for each card as well.

MFT sweet succulents card set

I used my copic markers to do most of my coloring on each card. You’ll notice that certain plants and certain pots retain the same color scheme across each card, which I think helps to tie everything together so that it all looks like one complete set. Doing this also kept me from having to put a lot of extra thought into my coloring.

MFT sweet succulents card set

There is some variation from one to the next, but that’s the beauty of handmade cards! To finish up, I added some extra shading here and there with a few Prismacolor colored pencils. It seemed to give everything a bit of an extra pop. I also made sure to add a light shadow under each pot, to ground the images.

MFT sweet succulents card set

When it came time to add a sentiment, I went with “Hope you have a beautiful day” from the Doodle Buds stamp set. I thought this particular sentiment went nicely with the overall look I was going for.
MFT sweet succulents card set

Once that was all set, I adhered some fun foam to the back of each scalloped panel, and then mounted all my finished panels onto card bases that I cut from some gray card stock.

MFT sweet succulents card set

Voila! I hope you like these as much as I do!

MFT sweet succulents card set

kimberly

 

 

P.S. As I said before, I’m a sucker for succulents (ha!) and I’m trying to learn to identify them by name. One of my favorites are Haworthia. Especially good for me because they are very tolerant if I forget to water them for a day or too… :) I’d love to hear what your favorite types of succulents are!