Welcome to Thursday! It’s time for a Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge, and Nicole Watt has created a layering of blocks that are a perfect beginning to any card. With all its corners and straight lines, I challenged myself to make a soft and pretty card. Let’s start with the sketch:
And here’s my take on the sketch – a clean and soft baby card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- A Watercolored Bunny. I’ve been playing around with this adorable bunny since the set arrived at my doorstep a couple of weeks ago. Because I wanted the bunny to be appropriately soft, I didn’t want to paper-piece him or color him with markers. I decided he needed to be lightly watercolored. Mr. Bunny is stamped on watercolor paper and painted with a very light layer of Sahara Sand. I incorporated the colors of the background pieces by adding Crisp Cantaloupe to his belly and feet and by adding Pistachio Pudding to his bow. Bunnies really know how to coordinate with their environments.
- A Ruffly Oval. The punched watercolor paper is very thick, which gives me the sturdiness I need to add a ruffle behind it. Let’s hear it for a ruffly oval! I cut a piece of 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim to wrap around the oval (overlapping just a bit), added a generous amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (white bottle, green lid) to the back side of the oval and then carefully wrapped the trim around, holding it at points to make sure it sets in the glue. The trick – making sure the “meeting point” isn’t obvious. With all the ruffles, that was easier than I thought. Can you see where the ribbon starts and stops?
- A Set of White Candy Dots. I needed something to anchor the left side of the banner – there was just too much white space to the left of the bunny layer (is it OK with you if I just call it “the bunny layer”? I hope so because I will use that term again later in this post). With the white background and the white band, it needed something. I couldn’t add Pistachio Pudding or Crisp Cantaloupe Candy Dots (because the candy dots aren’t available in the In Colors). I decided to add three Whisper White Candy Dots to add a little texture without pulling too much focus on the card. I’m happy (in this instance) that the In Color Candy Dots are not available. 🙂
Stamp sets: Baby We’ve Grown Inks: Jet Black StazOn, Sahara Sand, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe Papers: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Crisp Cantaloupe), Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration) Accessories: 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim (Pistachio Pudding), Extra Large Oval punch, Neutrals Candy Dots (Whisper White), Stampin’ Dimensionals My Favorite Part of this Card: The bunny layer.
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