Color & Contour Watercolor

Stampin Up Color & Contour

Well, apparently July is Watercolor Month.  I don’t know how I missed this but better late than never, right?

To make my watercolor card, I used a technique that has been around for a long time.  It is super easy to do and I love how it turns out.  All I did was press an ink pad (in this case Fresh Freesia, Orchid Oasis, Blackberry Bliss, Starry Sky and Granny Apple Green) onto a clear block (I used block E).   Then I  sprayed some water on it.  Then you just press your stamp onto the wet, inky block and then onto your cardstock. The more water you put on the block, the more the ink will spread and lighten.  I just sprayed it a couple of times. It makes it look like you watercolored the images.

By the way, I did not use this watercolor method when stamping the sentiment as I was not sure it would be legible if I had.

While I was inking, spraying and stamping, I noticed some ink had splattered onto my card stock (as well as my desk, the other ink pads and the stamp case!).  I liked the look on the card.  Here is a close-up:

 

Stampin Up Color & Contour

Happy Watercolor Month (just a little late!)!

 

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I don’t know why but I never seem to remember how nice cards look when you use die cut Designer Series Paper on cards.  I usually just use card stock but I really think when you use DSP it adds so much more to a card.  Stampin’ Up!® has such beautiful DSP.  Each pack has different colors, pattern and textures.

I kind of worked backwards on this card.  Normally I choose the stamp set, the colors and then the background.  This time I decided to use a piece of Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper for my background first.  I cut it out using a die from the set called Scalloped Contours.  This particular die cuts out the scalloped edge as well as the stitching around the outside.  This die set coordinates with the stamp set called Color & Contour (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).

After that I stamped the three flowers in Memento Black Ink.  Color & Contour is a two step stamp set.  This means it can take two or more stamps to make one image.  I decided not to use the inside of the flowers stamp, but instead I colored the flowers using a Highland Heather, Polished Pink, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight Blends.I colored the leaves using a Granny Apple Green Blends.  I stamped the sentiment on Gray Granite card stock using Gray Granite ink and then cut the end of it using the same die I used on the background.  I adhered everything to a Gray Granite card base.  Lastly I added some Matte Decorative Dots.

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Stampin Up Color & Contour

This is the second card we made at our stamp club meeting last week.  It uses the Color & Contour stamp set along with the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  These dies are the best!  They cut out five different scalloped shapes with stitching as well as a scalloped border and two dies that cut out the flowers in the stamp set.  If you buy the stamp set and the dies in a bundle, you can save 10%.

To make this card, I first cut out the large scalloped rectangle in Basic White card stock.  Then I ran it through the Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder to add a little texture to the background of the card.  Then I cut out the smaller scalloped rectangle in Fresh Freesia cardstock and layered both of these on a Fresh Freesia card base.  I stamped the flower in Memento Black Ink on a piece of Basic White card stock. The Color & Contour stamp set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I used the second stamp to add color to the flowers using Fresh Freesia ink.  Then I used a Soft Succulent Stampin Blends to color the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink and then adhered the Genial Gems to add a little sparkle to the card.

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Hello everyone!  It is, once again, time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time we needed to make a simple card. (#simplestamping).  We could only use stamps and ink.  I actually love simple stamping cards so this was fun to do.

I decided to use the stamp set called Color & Contour.  I really like the images in this set because they look kind of hand drawn.  The set is a two step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  I only used one stamp for all the images though.  By the way, this stamp set does have coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours, but again, I did not use them.

To make this card I first stamped the flowers in Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabanas.  I think this colors look so summery together.  As you can see, I only stamped the inside of the flowers and not the outlines.  Then I stamped the outline of the leaves and the splatters in Granny Apple Green ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Best Year.  I stamped that in Memento Black Ink.  Then I just backed it with a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock on a Daffodil Delight card base.

Now, let’s go see what stamping only card Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure they will be beautiful!

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Well we finally made it back to the cottage.  It was a very, very long trip but we broke it up into two days which made it easier.  We are so glad to be back to our “happy” place.  It is pretty chilly here compared to Nashville so I am glad we brought some clothes for cooler weather.  When we left Nashville it was 91 degrees.  Today it is 60 and there is a frost warning for tonight!  Yikes!  We have definitely become Southerners when it comes to cold weather!

I made this card using the Color & Contour Bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Color & Contour and the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  I am in love with these dies.  They cut out the two flowers in the stamp set but they also have the scalloped border I used for this card and five scalloped rectangles.

To make this card I first stamped the flower image in Memento Black Ink.  The flowers are a two step stamp which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  I stamped the inside of the flowers using Daffodil Delight Ink and I used my Old Olive Stampin Blends to color the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral ink.  Then I cut out the piece of cardstock using the scalloped border die and then again on a piece of Calypso Coral card stock.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called You’re A Peach.  Lastly, I added some 2021-2023 InColor Gems.

Here is the first sunset of the year at the cottage.  We missed these in the winter time in Nashville.


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Pierced Blooms & Color & Contour

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I have a favorite day of the year.  It is when all the trees have new leaves, the early flowers are beginning to bloom and the world is this amazing green color.  It is not quite as bright as Granny Apple Green but it is pretty close.  It is more like a mixture of Garden Green and Granny Apple Green.  Stampin’ Up!® should make it a color!  It always hits me when I am driving and I begin to notice the colors.  It is my favorite day because, one it is beautiful and two, spring has arrived.  That means warm days are ahead.  One of the best things about moving to Nashville is I will get TWO favorite days.  In Nashville this day was May 1st.  At the cottage it won’t be until the end of May so I get to enjoy it all over again.

Of course, the month of May is exciting in other ways too.  The new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog beings so I get to play with new products.  The card I made today uses a new stamp set called Color & Contour and the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  I think this is one of my favorite bundles because I just love the new dies in this bundle.

To make this card I first cut the Basic White background using the largest Scalloped Contour die.  Then I embossed it using the Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder.  I layered that onto a Pale Papaya card base.  Then I cut out the flowers and stems using The Pierced Blooms dies in Pale Papaya, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Shaded Spruce card stock.  I adhered them using Multipurpose Glue and Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo ink and cut it out using another die from the Pierced Blooms set.  I backed that with a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock I had cut out using the same die and then cutting it in two. 

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I know I have said this many times but one of my favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up!®  Demonstrator is we get to see the new catalogs coming out early and we get to order some of the products before it goes live.  We are able to order most everything in the Mini Catalogs but we are only given a few choices in the Annual Catalog.  I have no patience and can’t wait to get my hands on new products.

One of the first bundles I was able to order during the pre-order period was the Color & Contour Bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Color & Contour and the coordinating dies called Scalloped Contours.  I just love dies that cut out background shapes (especially if they have stitching on them).  The dies cut out the flower shapes but they also include a stitched scalloped border edge and FIVE scalloped rectangles that are all a little bit different.  I used two of them on this card.

To make this card, I decided to use three of the NewInColors – Pale Papaya, Polished Pink and Fresh Freesia.  This stamp set is a two-step set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  I first stamped the flower heads using Memento Black Ink and then stamped the inside of the flowers using the new InColors.  I stamped the leaves and stems from a different stamp in this set using Old Olive Ink and then cut them out using the coordinating die.  I cut off the flowers that go with the stems and leaves and attached the other flower to them.  I adhered them to a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had cut out using the second largest scalloped rectangle die.  I place all of that on a piece of Fresh Freesia cardstock that I had cut out using the largest scalloped die.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Many Messages and cut it out using the Messages die.

 

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