Stampin’ Up!’s Dragonfly Dreams for GDP077

This week’s Global Design Project Color Challenge offers us three colors, and we get to add an extra one.  What fun!  The “assigned colors” are Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso.  To this variety of colors (all are found in the Cupcakes & Carousels Suite of products), I added Delightful Dijon.  Why did I choose Delightful Dijon?  The soft orange, vibrant blue and regal brown needed a yellow or green, so I went with the richest of the yellows.  Here’s my card that showcases these colors and the Dragonfly Dreams bundle:

Dragonfly Dreams, Timeless Textures, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP077

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay, Early EspressoTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • #foolproofwatercolor.  I used Kim Jolley’s #foolproofwatercolor technique for the background of this card.  Kim is a dear friend and an amazing talent, and I’m excited to share her technique with you.  Here’s the sweet-and-simple version – ball up a baby wipe, dab it in ink and press it onto paper.  Then accent with a little texture.  I lightly inked a thick band of Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay and Delightful Dijon and accented it with some images from Timeless Textures.  So easy!  Kim is a pro at this – if you want to read more about her technique, including several samples and a video – you can click here.
  • A Touch of Stella.  My dragonfly was cropped with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and Early Espresso cardstock.  That looked so plain, but I knew that glimmer paper would be too flashy for this card.  To add the right amount of shine, I painted the cropped dragonfly with the Clear Wink of Stella brush and let it dry.  I glued down the body of the dragonfly and let the wings be free to pop off the paper a little.Use Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add the right touch of glitter, Stampin 'Up!, Brian King
  • A Blessing in Disguise.  I have two full sets of Stampin’ Write Markers – one set is five years old, and the other is new.  As a marker from the first set “dies,” I replace that marker with the same color from the new set (I know some people go to lengths to add ink to their markers, but that’s too much work for me).  When I reached from my Early Espresso marker, it was almost fully dry. I used the dry marker!  That gave me just the right amount of ink to cover the images from Timeless Textures – I didn’t have to stamp it off or worry that it might be too dark.  What a fun find!

Stamp Sets:  Dragonfly Dreams, Timeless Textures  Papers:  Early Espresso, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso  Accessories:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site tosee the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Beautiful choice to add the Clear Wink of Stella to the dragonfly. Love how you incorporated Kim’s pretty technique!

  2. I’m definitely sold on that technique and it looks so very lovely with those colours. The Wink of Stella was the perfect choice for the dragonfly…love this card, Brian!

  3. Adding the Delightful Dijon to the mix is like a bit of Chinese Mustard or such to add that extra POP ! Pretty card and I have planned to try Kim`s technique myself . You did good !!

  4. I also tried Kim Jolley’s fool proof watercolor technique this weekend! It really is easier than I thought it would be, and so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This card is stunning. Love the watercolor.

  6. I will be CASEing this card. This is my favorite set.

  7. Ginger Toivonen

    Gorgeous background Brian and the Delightful Dijon is the perfect match. Intense enough but not overpowering! Nicely done!

  8. Today’s dragonfly card is absolutely magnificent! I love the background and thank you for sharing how you made it. Adding the Wink of Stella to the dragonfly could not have been any more perfect. Can you tell I love it Brian? LOL

  9. Loved watching you demonstrate that technique the other day. Great card!

  10. This is simply fabulous Brian! Love it!

  11. Definitely a special card! Love that technique. Thanks for reminding me that I need to try that!

  12. Beautiful card. I love the Dragonfly colour and use Of wink of Stella.

  13. Perfect…. I want to copy it… sorry for my english… Wow… I love it

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