Focus on Color

By | February 23, 2017

Did you know that on February 21, Stampin’ Up! added new Sale-A-Bration products that you can earn for free?  Go to the Catalog Tab on my blog, or click HERE to download the flyer with the additional Sale-A-Bration products.  Each time you purchase $50 between now and March 31, 2017, you can earn one Sale-A-Bration product for free!   You can pick an item from either the original Sale-A-Bration catalog or the new flyer.

One of my favorite Sale-A-Bration items is the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  Today, I have a fun technique to share using this paper.  This technique is perfect if you only want to spend time coloring a small section of the paper.

I started out with two different pieces of Designer Series Paper that I had trimmed down to measure 5-1/4″ x 4″ to fit on each card front.  Then, I used a Layering Squares Framelit Die cut out the focal point.

When I layered the focal points on top of a coordinating scallop die cut, it covers up the missing squares underneath!

Here’s one of my finished cards.  I used an Aqua Painter to watercolor the focal point with the following inks:  Eggplant Envy, Perfect Plum, Island Indigo, Garden Green, Delightful Dijon, and Pool Party.  By squeezing the ink pads, I pooled ink in the lids and used an Aqua Painter to pick up the ink and paint.

Tip:  Twist your paper so the tip of the Aqua Painter brush is pointing towards the smallest areas and then draw the brush down the petal or leaf.  Then, layer on more color to darker areas to shading.  For background areas, such as the sky, use a circular motion with the brush.

For the larger dragonfly, I used a stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams set for the wings.  First, I inked up the stamp with Island Indigo, then I stamped off once, and used a sponge to add Eggplant Envy to the tips of the wings.  Finally, I spritzed the stamp with a little clear water before stamping.  Afterwards, I cut out the wings with the coordinating die cut from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.  (You can purchase them in a bundle with the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set for 10% off.)

For my next card, I used the following colors to watercolor the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, and Pool Party.

To make the wings of the small bee look transparent, I watercolored those areas slightly lighter.

The Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies coordinate perfectly with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  I added die cuts to both cards as accents.

I cut out the small “Thanks” from a larger greeting included in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

The Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper is thin and delicate, so to give my card more substance, I adhered it to a layer of Whisper White cardstock.

Supplies used on my cards:

Now is the perfect time to order from Stampin’ Up!  Earn your free Sale-A-Bration products!!!

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