Monday, February 15, 2010

Soft & Subtle Water Coloring

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday.  Today I thought I would share with you a card that is soft and subtle in contrast to the bold reds and pinks of Valentines.

When we think of giving cards, the most popular everyday occasion card is the birthday card.  That being the case, I seldom have one on hand when I need it, which if you think about it, is kind of crazy. So I decided to play with the new  Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration stamp set, Happy Moments (you can earn this set for free with a $50 purchase of Stampin' Up products). 
Now I am a decorative painter at heart, so I love to use the water color techniques to color my cards. With this card I chose to color my images with my classic inks and my blender pen. I used pastel spring colors from the Soft Subtles family including Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink and Pale Plum. I also added some soft background color using my sponge daubers to add some Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue.
Now it is not often that I use just one stamp set to create my cards, but with Happy Moments, I had all the elements I needed in this one stamp set - an image for my background, a focal image (the birthday cake) and the sentiment(Happy Birthday).  Plus, if I wanted to make a series of cards to have on hand for birthdays (or any other everyday occasion card), this set would fit the bill as it has several different images and sentiments that mix and match to create a coordinating set of cards. 
What a perfect gift for a special friend or loved one to give a set of personalized cards that they could have on hand to use when they need them.  Change the colors to suit the person you are creating for and get a whole new look to your card set.
I hope this card sparks your creativity.  Please contact me if you have any questions or to place your order with me, and take advantage of Sale-a-bration.

Until next time,
Stamping Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Product list (All Stampin' Up products):
Stamp Sets:
Happy Moments - Clear-Mount Stamp Set  119125   Wood- Mount Stamp Set  118664
The Happy Moments set is a must-have set to create a card for any occasion! This set is FREE with a qualifying purchase or workshop. Available in both wood-mount and clear-mount.

Set Quantity: 7

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla
Inks:  Black Stazon, Stampin' Up Classic inks in Barely Banana,Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum
Accessories: Blender Pens, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers

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