Sunday, June 19, 2016

Painting the Blues for PPA 305

We have a beautiful combination of blues to play with this week at  Windy Ellard has challenged us to make a project using Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Whisper White.  Here is the challenge banner:

Such a pretty combination!  I used Island Indigo for my base card at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  Then I topped it with a piece of Pool Party dotted DSP, measuring 4 3/4" x 3 1/2".

I used our new Layering Squares Framelits and cut a hole through both layers.  The opening measures 1 3/4".  Using one square framelit and one scalloped framelit, I created the little white frame to glue around the "window."

On the inside I stamped the flower image from Birthday Blooms with Versamark ink, then heat embossed it using black embossing powder.  With my AquaPainters I painted the flower with Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Wild Wasabi ink.  I did a light wash of Soft Sky around the entire flower.

Both sentiments, front and inside, are also from Birthday Blooms.  I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  It would have looked great with black embossing as well, and if I were to make this card again, I think I would do that!

A little ribbon of Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon finishes off the front.

Habit Tip:
Draw a faint pencil line around the opening of your square onto the inside white paper to give you a guideline for stamping your flower.  Erase it with a good art eraser after stamping and no one will ever know it was there.  It does take the guess work out of it!  And your placement will be spot on!

Thanks for checking in with me today.  I hope you like the card and will go give it a try.  I have to say, I was on the fence about buying these new framelits, since I still have my old square framelits.  I am so glad I did!  There are so many sizes and the layering is so much more versatile, especially with the scalloped ones.  Get them ~ you'll thank me!!!

Happy Stamping!


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  1. Such a sweet card, Karen! I love this one flower from the Birthday Blooms set, and you've really highlighted it with the layering squares! Thanks so much for joining us this week for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge!

  2. Oh, Karen... this card is so pretty! Love the framed opening. I could have said "frame it" but then you would miss the sentiment inside the card! Thanks for including the PPA color challenge in your stamping fun this week!

    1. Thank you, Katy! I'm loving the new layering squares framelits :-)

  3. Love the polka dots and the window...great watercoloring too...thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week!

  4. Beautiful card, Karen! What a great way to showcase these colors and this stamp set! Love the simplicity of it all. Thanks for playing along with this week's Pals Paper Arts color challenge!

  5. This is so sweet, Karen! Thanks so much for the idea and tip!