I had a lovely, leisurely day today - the kind of day you have gobs of time to experiment and create! I was inspired to do some sponging by an old video tutorial and I wanted to do The Paper Player's Challenge, which is a delicious colour challenge this week:
Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay look and sound tropical to me and when you throw in the Basic Black it made me think of a sunset on the ocean - perfect for sponging! So I got to work. I did a sample first because I wanted to experiment with the sponging, the lighthouse sponging and the embossing, and when I was happy with the result, I created the final product:
- I used the Gorgeous Grunge splotch stamp before with Versamark and White Stampin' Emboss Powder to make waves crashing against a lighthouse. See that card here. It's a great technique to add sea foam to your projects. So easy!
- This is definitely a sunset card and these colours were perfect for it. I used Post It Notes to mask the sun and the horizon between sea and sky to make it straight and also to keep the black Memento ink I used to sponge the lighthouse from getting beyond the borders of the tower. One on either side of the lighthouse worked well.
- The lighthouse is in the From Land to Sea stamp set, but there was never a stamp to use as a rocky base to put it on. That is.... until we got In the Meadow stamp set. The mountain stamp, if you use just one side of it, makes a perfect place to plant the lighthouse, especially if you sponge it in with Memento Jet Black ink as I did. What a versatile stamp set In the Meadow is!
- The sentiment I just love and it's from the Rose Wonder stamp set! It seemed custom made for this card! This is a great card to send to someone who is afraid or struggling to give them hope.
- I wished, for about the hundredth time, as I was looking for a way to ad waves to the water, for a Versamark Pen. My White Sigmo Gel Pen had run dry on me, so I thought maybe I could find a way to emboss the waves in white - if only I could make thin, straight lines of Versamark to catch the embossing powder! Then I had a brain wave! I could use the dry gel pen to add Versamark to the project! It worked like a dream, just dipping the pen tip in the Versamark ink.
I was actually torn about what to do today, because something else tempting arrived on my doorstep:
If you're thinking that the Paper Pumpkin Box looks different, it's the special 3rd birthday edition of Paper Pumpkin! Yes, I've been subscribing to it that long! In my mind, the kits just keep getting better all the time. I'll be putting this one together on the weekend to show you next week. Not only did we get a super cute project this time...
...but we got some great news! Because Stampin' Up! just mailed out their 1,000,000th box, they will be sending all the subscribers an exclusive stamp set called All About Everything, in addition to their regular kit! I'm so excited about that. The stamp sets we get with our Paper Pumpkin kits are wonderful to use with our everyday stamping as well, so I can hardly wait to see it.
Sooo... this might be a good time to sign up for your subscription to Paper Pumpkin. It's only $24.95 a month, which includes tax and shipping, and until March 31, 2016, it is also on sale for PrePaid subcriptions of 3 months or more. You can shop for those right through my On-Line Store. Why not give it a try and get a free stamp set. You must subscribe before March 31 to take advantage of the sale prices, but otherwise, you have until April 10 to make sure you can get the bonus stamp set.
Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.