January 17, 2017

Window Shopping

Hey all!
I hope you are all enjoying the start of the new week. So far, so good here. I accomplished so much over the weekend that currently, I feel totally caught up for a change. I realize that feeling won't last for long, but for now, I am going to enjoy it!
Anyway, today I want to share a card I made for a friend who is recovering from surgery right now. I happened to see this card in the Occasions Catalog and just fell in love with it, so I decided to C.A.S.E. (Copy and Share Everything) the card. It uses the Window Box Thinlits to create the cut out card front. And I just LOVE the watercolor behind. This was such an easy card to create, And here is how it was done:
Stamp Set: Window Shopping
Paper: Extra Thick Whisper White cut 4 1/4" x 11" scored and folded at 5 1/2"; Watercolor paper cut 4" x 3 1/2"; Whisper White panel cut 4" x 5 1/4"; Pool Party 1/2" x 3 3/4"
Ink: Mellon Mambo; Pear Pizzazz
Misc: Aqua Painter; Stampin' Dimensionals; Big Shot; Window Box Thinlits; Paper Snips; Fast Fuse Adhesive; Die Brush Set

To begin, once I created my card base, I ran my Whisper White panel through the Big Shot with the large floral design thinlit from the Window Box collection and removed the die using the die brush and foam pad. (This worked like a DREAM!)

Next, I lined my Watercolor paper up behind the cut out image and using a pencil, I lightly marked the outer-most parts of the image so that I could be sure to ensure my color extended far enough and I knew I wanted to be able to keep the Pear Pizzazz to the outer edge and that helped with my color placement. I then set my cutout panel aside and went to work on the Watercolor.

Using my Aqua Painter, I soaked my Watercolor paper. Then I began to pick up the Mellon Mambo with my Aqua Painter from a pool of color in my stamp pad lid and literally just "dropped" it onto the center of my Watercolor paper and allowed the ink to spread, and I continued to do this until I was happy with the amount of ink I had. I then did the same process with the Pear Pizzazz, concentrating on the outside perimeter of the paper, catching the edges of the marks I made with my pencil. I then dried the ink with my heat tool. Once it was dry, it was a bit warped, so I used Fast Fuse all around the edge and lined it up behind the die cut panel. I then attached the panel to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment onto the Pool Party piece using Pear Pizzazz ink and using my Paper Snips, I bannered one end and angled the other and attached it to the card using a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals. 

That's it, that is all there is to putting this pretty card together. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to drop this into the mail box so that it makes it's way to the intended recipient. Have a great day and Happy Stamping,

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