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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tranquil Waterfront PP376

Hi friends...oh my our fabulous friend Jaydee has a beautiful color challenge for us this week at The Paper Players!  Take a look:
 The colors are lovely together and I added a neutral, Crumb Cake, as my "+ any other color".  I've been playing around with a new photopolymer set--Waterfront--from the Occasions catalog.  As you would expect from the name it creates great waterfront scenes.  The stamps are designed to look like watercolor strokes but I enjoyed taking it a step further....
 ...and by a step further I mean, actually watercoloring with the stamp set!  I stamped each image onto watercolor paper and then used my Aqua Painter to spread the ink around and give it a real watercolor look.  Dapper Denim was used on the lake and both Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide were used to create the shoreline with trees.  Crumb Cake is my additional color and I used it to add some mountains to my scene and the Burlap background stamp on the card base.
I guess I cheated a little by adding a smidge of another color to my setting sun.  Lemon Lime Twist was looking a little green for a sunset so I added just an itty bitty bit of Yellow Brusho Crystals to the sun and it's reflection in the water.  Just that little bit, I think, helps define it as a setting sun--at least I hope it does!
Dapper Denim is a lovely dark shade of blue--too dark for the sky. Normally I would grab Soft Sky but since I had to stay within the challenge colors, I needed a way to make Dapper Denim much, much lighter.   Easy to do with a clear acrylic block and water!  Just add some ink to the block--I used my Aqua Painter but a brush would do--then add as much water as needed to dilute the color.  I had a test piece of paper nearby so I could get it just right.
I didn't want to use another piece of heavy watercolor paper on the inside so I just used the stamps as is on a piece of Whisper White.  This is what they look like when not smudged with an Aqua Painter--just as pretty, right?!

I'll tell you what else is pretty....all the lovely creations from the Design Team over at The Paper Players!  Check 'em out and then play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, January 19th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Punny Valentine, Intended PP375

 Hi friends and Happy New Year!  We're back at The Paper Players for a new year of challenges with you.  This week our fabulous friend, Sandy has dug herself out of the snow to host our first theme challenge and it's a cute one...
It seems like "punny" stamp sets are everywhere so I think everyone is going to have fun with this one.  I dug into my stash of retired stamps for this older hostess set called Pun Intended and it had just what I needed:
Isn't it cute?  Love this old style light bulb and the sentiment is especially cute!  I was able to play with a new-to-me product from the SU Spring catalog called Brusho Crystal Colors.  These very fine crystals come in a small little bottle that you use like a shaker.  The crystals can either be sprinkled on wet or dry watercolor paper.  If the paper is dry, then you can spritz them with water.  Either way, when mixed with water they spread and react in different ways. 
The really cool part is that they contain a mixture of colors so you'll get little drops of similar colors--you can see some speckles of orange on my "yellow" background.  The crystal colors are not matched directly to Stampin Up colors but coordinate well and contain a basic set of yellow, orange, green, blue and red.  I've only just begun to experiment with them so I'm sure there is way more to be done with them!
I used my Mini Misti to stamp the light bulb and sentiment 3 times to get a good solid impression of the ink.  Since I used watercolor paper--which is textured--being able to stamp the same image, exactly the same way multiple times is essential.  On the background, I used this cute [retired] line of hearts stamp from an even older set called Valentine Defined.  Also seemed like that little snippet of black chevron ribbon was really needed in the corner there for some decoration and interest!

I hope you've enjoyed my card today...be sure to check out the rest of our fabulous Design Team over at The Paper Players.  This week we're welcoming a brand-new Guest Designer, Elizabeth and welcoming back Annie and Jan.  We're delighted to have all of them with us!

The Paper Players Design Team