On the CASE: Spirograph Hello

Anyone here remember (and miss) their spirograph?

It was seriously one of my favorite toys growing up. This new, Concord & 9th exclusive turnabout set is a total throwback with lots and lots of possibilities! And what better way to get a feel for a new set than by CASEing a project? I decided on the floral looking design since these dreary winter days could really use a pop of color!

This was a fun design to put together! But, be prepared to practice some patience as there’s lots of fussy cutting! Let’s take a look at the results:

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For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Spirograph Turnabout stamp set (Concord & 9th). For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #spirograph #floral #hello #handstamped

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Mini Spirograph Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 110lb CS (Neenah), 4 – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ Solar White 80lb CS (Neenah), scrap of Black Licorice CS (Lawn Fawn)
Inks: Unicorn White pigment ink (Hero), Altenew crisp ink cubes (or any colors you want)
Accessories: Silver metallic thread (Tacony), Silver Lining Sequins (28 Lilac Lane)
Other: Precision Scissors (EK Success), White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Anti-static bag, Heat Tool, Stamp Positioning Tool, Turnabout template, pop-up dots.

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″.
  2. Pick out ink colors. The colors I used are pictured below, but any combination will work!
  3. Align the stamp using the included stamp positioner. Since we only need the flower, there’s no need for the 6x6 template. Just use the 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ template and the same size cardstock.
  4. Stamp the light color, rotate the cardstock 90-degrees, then stamp the dark color. Repeat the rotation and stamp in light, then rotate and dark.
  1. Stamp the heart images – one each in the darker shades.
  2. Fussy cut the flowers and hearts.
  3. Adhere the flowers directly to the card base, then trim the excess around the edges.
  1. Stamp the sentiment in Unicorn White pigment ink. Then, heat emboss with white superfine embossing powder.
  2. Add foam pop-ups to the back of the snipped out sentiment, then some circles of silver metallic thread.
  3. Adhere the finished sentiment to the card and add a few silver sequins.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – This is a super fun card to create – and there’s so many possibilities with color variations, and sentiment swaps. It could easily be a go-to staple in your card design file. Of course, I’m new to Turnabouts, so I still need a minute to review the how-to before I get started. Once that’s done, the magic happens!

This stamp set was originally a monthly incentive stamp, but due to its popularity, it’s available for purchase! Get yours today and spin away!!

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again! In the meantime, please leave a comment about today’s project and then don’t forget to CASE out Ann’s project!

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On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.

On the CASE: Freshly Squeezed Hugs

Winter doesn’t have to be all cold and snowy…

The weather outside may be seriously brrrr, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wish for warm Summer days! In my exploration of new (to me) craft products I ran across this great stamp and die set from Concord & 9th that was just too cute to pass up! I decided that I would send more “just because” cards to friends this year, and this one really fits the bill for a lot of different people and occasions. Of course, I always look at the samples on the product page to get good ideas and today’s CASE was one of my favorites. 

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For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Hugs stamp set and die(Concord & 9th), and no-line watercoloring with Pima Classics watercolors. For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #hugs #citrus #pimacraft #handstamped

So cute, right?! You definitely need to check out the stamp set because it has the cutest bear (bear hugs, lol!) and the sentiments are fabulous. Here’s the inside of the card:

So punny! And, such a heartfelt sentiment 😀

So, enough talk, let’s get down to the details! (Because I know you want to know all about the watercoloring and making this card!)

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Hugs (Concord & 9th)
Paper: 12″ x 5 1/2″ Watercolor Paper (Strathmore)
Inks: Fog Hybrid Ink (Scrapbook.com), Black Hybrid Ink (Scrapbook.com), Classics Watercolor Pans (Prima)
Accessories: None
Other: Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), Acrylic Block, Aquapainter brushes, Big Shot (Sizzix), Hugs dies (Concord & 9th)

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. The dies will cut off either end of the card base, and then hook together to close the gatefold card. So, you need a piece of cardstock that measures 12″ x 5 1/2″ to make a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ finished card.
  2. Make 4 score lines. The outside two will be to align the dies, the inside two will make the gatefold for the card base. The score lines should be at: 1 3/4″, 3 7/8″, 8 1/8″, 10 1/4″
  3. To set up the dies, use the outside score lines to anchor the bar on the die. This will actually cut off the edge of the cardstock, and leave the letters behind. I used a Post-it to keep the die in place.
  4. Once the dies are secure, cut them out! You should end up with a card base with an HU and GS hanging off either side. At this point, you can fold the card and test out the letters to make sure they hook together ok.
  1. Once you’ve tested the card closure, fold the card so that the HU or the GS is folded inside. This will allow you to stamp the fruit images on the card front without inking on the letters. I used Scrapbook.com FOG Hybrid ink so I could have a light outline to do no-line watercoloring like the CASE sample.
  2. I started by making little triangles in each fruit – the watercolor was fairly watered down to achieve a lighter wash. Then I came back and made a darker circle or semi-circle for the rind. I worked from Orange to Yellow to Green, just like the CASE sample. Using the Fog colored ink worked perfect. Once complete, I could not see any lines from the stamps!
    **NOTE: for this watercoloring, you do not want to put water on the paper first, just work with well-watered inks. This way, the triangles and the rinds won’t bleed into each other.
  1. Add three fruits along with the juice drops to the inside of the card. Use the Fog ink again. Watercolor as you did on the front of the card.
  2. Use a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment with Black ink. Because the watercolor paper has a lot of texture, you will probably have to stamp the image a few times to get good coverage. That’s why the stamp positioner is a must!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – The most difficult part of this CASE was figuring out the best technique for setting up the card base. Concord & 9th suggested using a 8 1/2″ card base spacer to set up the dies, but I found the scoring technique to be a little less fiddly. I did go through 3 card bases before I got it right, so don’t despair if you have problems at first. It’s worth it for such a cute card! Then, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the watercoloring process. Don’t rush those little triangles – it can be easy to get them too close together. AND, don’t be worried about perfection – the beauty is in the hand-painted imperfection.

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

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On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.

Festive Friday: Hello My Friend

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Ever send a card just to say hello?

No? Why not?! Don’t you just love going to the mailbox and finding a surprise other than a credit card bill? I’m sure there’s someone in your life that would love to get a happy mail surprise too! Now that we’re post-holidays, most people don’t think of sending a card unless it’s for a birthday, Mother’s/Father’s day or maybe an anniversary. Let’s take some time to break that trend and fill up people’s mailboxes with sunshine!

Festive Friday has a fun inspiration topic this week – Belly Laugh Day! It’s time to pull out any pun-filled or joke sentiment stamp sets, to create a fun card (that you should mail to someone this week!). Of course, if you don’t have any pun or joke stamp sets, you can go for the “or” option with some stitching elements – either real stitching or faux. Don’t forget that we’ve changed up our challenge and all of our DT members provide a tutorial for their project – Instant CASE-worthy projects that you can Pin for reference!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project.
  • Try your hand at adding stitched elements to your design. Of course, there are stitched dies, but you could also use a paper piercing tool to make your own faux patterns, or even use a sewing machine or needle and thread to add real stitching.

Here’s my take:

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0025). Featuring: Altenew Mega Greetings & Mega Hello die, Photo Play Paper Memories. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #hello #justbecause #altenew

I am without any punny or joke style stamp sets at the moment, so I opted for the “or” option, adding in a nice stitched element, and some real stitching for added detail. Let’s get on with the Party Plan!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Mega Greetings (Altenew), 
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ remembrance Collection, Memories pattern (Photo Play Paper), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – Pink Frosting CS (Bazzill Smoothies), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – Gold Glitter CS (Kaisercraft), scrap of white CS
Inks: Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink(Ranger)
Accessories: Autumn Afternoon Sequins (28 Lilac Lane), gold thread (Coates)
Other: Mega Hello die (Altenew), Big Shot (Sizzix), Stamp Positioner (Tonic) and/or acrylic blocks, Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables (Lawn Fawn), adhesive backed foam

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Set aside.
  2. Diecut the Memories patterned paper with the largest Stitched Rectangle die. It’s easy to add real stitching now! Just use the diecut stitching as a guide to work in some optional gold thread stitches. I just did the lower left corner, but you could go all the way around if you want!
  3. DIecut the Mega Hello from gold glitter paper. I used a full 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece so I can use the reverse for another card. Don’t forget to save the cutout pieces to add back in later..
  1. DIecut another sentiment from Pink Frosting cardstock.
  2. Adhere the glitter hello offset from the pink one to make a shadow.
  3. Adhere the finished diecut element to the patterned paper element. Adhere the panel to the card base.
  1. Stamp the sentiment on some scrap white CS using Cracked Sapphire Distress Ink.
  2. Snip the words “My” and “Friend” from the stamped sentiment.
  3. Adhere the snipped words to the card base. “Friend” was adhered to the base and “My” was popped up with some adhesive backed foam.
  4. Add a few sequins and mail off your card!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0025 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.

On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!

Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit! Since I am no longer a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, but an Affiliate Crafter, I’m using my investigative skills to solve CASEs throughout the crafting universe as I explore and learn about all the other great crafty stuff out there.  So, let’s get started!

(affiliate links are used in this post. When you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting my blog!)

Today, I’m exploring Concord & 9th’s Oh, Hello Turnabout stamp set. Turnabout stamps are unique in that cardstock can be rotated around so that each time the image is stamped, it appears on a different part of the cardstock to create a full pattern. The Oh, Hello stamp set was one of the first Turnabouts from C&9th. The key is to create a 6″ x 6″ template to rotate around in a stamp positioning tool (like my Tonic Stamp Platform).

I recommend watching these two videos to learn more about Turnabouts. If you’d like me to make a video to answer any other questions you have, be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see!

Turnabout Stamp Tips – This video shows how to set up the stamp and a template. That’s when I had my “a-ha” moment.

Flower Turnabout Thank You – This video is for a different Turnabout, but it shows you how the actual stamping process works. 

Please note that going forward, for my CASE projects, I will be guessing a lot on the ink and paper colors. So, in most cases, I will get close, but won’t be as exact like Ann can be with the Stampin’ Up! CASEs. For instance, today, I didn’t know what kind and color cardstock to use from the sample, so I just picked two colors I have that were close in color. But, that’s the beauty of CASEing. You can be inspired by a design and follow it as closely or loosely as you want!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Oh, Hello turnabout (Concord & 9th), and Heat Embossing. For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #hello #handstamped

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Oh, Hello (Concord & 9th)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 110lb CS (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Poppy Parade CS (Stampin’ Up!), 4″ x 5 1/4″ Calypso Coral CS (Stampin’ Up!), 1 3/4″ x 3″ Solar White 80lb CS (Neenah), 1/2″ x 3″ Poppy Parade CS (Stampin’ Up!)
Inks: Abandoned Coral Distress Ink (Ranger), Candied Apple Distress Ink (Ranger), Versamark (Tsusinkeo)
Accessories: Gold metallic thread (Stampin’ Up!)
Other: White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger), Anti-static bag, Heat Tool, Stamp Positioning Tool, 6″ x 6″ Turnabout template, pop-up dots.

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″. Adhere the Poppy Parade CS and set aside.
  2. Set up the Turnabout template and stamp in a stamp positioner. Set up the cardstock on the template using temporary adhesive.
  3. Stamp the first image in Abandoned Coral. You can use Distress Inks or Distress Oxides. If you use Oxides, be sure to heat set before the embossing steps.
  4. Turn the whole template 90-degrees clockwise. Stamp in the Candied Apple.
  1. Turn the whole template 90-degrees clockwise. Use an anti-static bag, then stamp in Versamark. Heat emboss in White.
  2. Turn the whole template 90-degrees clockwise (this is the last turn). Use an anti-static bag, then stamp in Versamark. Heat emboss in Gold.
  3. Adhere to the card base.
  4. Stamp the “hi there” portion of the sentiment on the 1 3/4″ strip of lightweight Solar White CS.
  1. Stamp the “friend” part of the sentiment in Versamark and heat emboss in gold.
  2. Mark the center of the strip (7/8″). Freehand snip from the corners to the center mark to make a flagged end.
  3. Snip the 1/2″ Poppy Parade strip at an angle.
  1. Attach the Poppy Parade flags to the back of the sentiment, allowing them to peek out from the bottom.
  2. Use a gray marker and ruler to make faux stitching (C&9th used a die, but I don’t have one that shape. I’m guessing it was a hexagon).
  3. Add pop-up dots to the back of the sentiment.
  4. Add rings of metallic thread to the back of the sentiment.
  5. Adhere the sentiment to the card and admire your work!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – I’m calling this a “3” because of the learning curve to do the Turnabout. Now that I know what to do, it wasn’t that hard, so the technique gives you a really great bang for your buck. It’s also a 3 because of the embossing in some of the steps. Want to take it down a notch? Avoid the heat embossing and just use 4 different ink colors to create a beautiful multi-colored background pattern. 

I love that this particular design can be done up in any color combination! So, pull out your Color Coordinator and mix up some fun combos. If you don’t do Stampin’ Up! colors, would you like to see me do something similar with another brand? Let me know in a comment and I’ll see what I can work up for you!

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: Oh, Hello!

It’s a new year, with new adventures!
Happy 2019! Ann and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Ann and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, Ann is still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASEs, but I’ve been “reassigned” to a new unit!

On the CASE: Detailed With Love

It’s time to celebrate!
This is the last CASE file for Ann and I this year! Wow! How time flies 😀 I thought I’d revisit a past suite and share another quick and simple design.

Festive Friday: Happy Happy Happy (Mail)

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

My New Year’s Resolution Is….

It’s here! That time of year that we reflect on what was and hope for what could be. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I’m not big on calling them “resolutions”, or tying them to New Year’s as I always feel like they never last. So, instead, I think throughout the year about things I want to improve, and I work them in, piece by piece as I have time, energy and willingness to do so. 

For instance, I wanted to be more physically active, so I worked to increase my weekly workout frequency this year. I ended up working out 170 times this year (not including all the days I golfed), which is fantastic! But, I can do better 😀 So, that’s what I’m resolving to do in 2019!

One other goal is to send more cards! This aligns with my blogging and business changes. Instead of making tons of cards for nobody in particular, I’m making less cards, but always with someone in mind! Having a reason for the card makes it easier to design, and sometimes, quicker to make.

That’s what the new challenge at Festive Friday is all about! How many times do you save a text or an email? Probably not very often. But, when you get a letter or a card in the mail, I bet you hang on to it. So, let’s celebrate the good ‘ol fashioned art of letter writing! That basically means you can make ANY card for this challenge. When you share your design on your blog or Pinterest page, be sure to share who it’s for.

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Make up some New Year’s cards to catch those folks that missed out on your Holiday cards.
  • Work up your January birthday cards and get ready to send them out, on time! LOL!!
  • Send a card for no reason – just to say Hi! Don’t you love good surprises from your mailbox? I know I do!

Here’s my take:

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0024). Featuring: Lawn Fawn - Happy Happy Happy, Perfectly Plaid Chill patterned paper, Prima - Watercolor Confections - Tropicals, Heffy Doodle - Imperial Stitched Rectangles #nicolewatt #pmretreat #happymail #justbecause #lawnfawn

Don’t forget – we changed the challenge a bit. Instead of collecting points for prizes (which didn’t really catch on so well), the DT members will provide a tutorial post in the form of instructions and pictures, or a video. Yea! Instant CASE-worthy projects that you can Pin for reference! So, be sure to stop by at the other DT blogs to see their projects and instructions. Let’s get on to the Party Plan!

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Happy, Happy, Happy (Lawn Fawn), 
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 3 3/4″ x 5″ Perfectly Plaid Chill (Lawn Fawn), 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ – Blue Jay CS (Lawn Fawn), 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ – Watercolor Paper (Canson 140lb)
Inks: Watercolor Confections – Tropicals (Prima), Jet Black (Staz-on), Copics (C01, C03, Y13), Sharpie Pen (Thin Line), 
Accessories: 3/8″ Crumb Cake ribbon (Stampin’ Up!)
Other: Big Shot, Stamp Positioner and/or acrylic blocks, Heffy Doodle Imperial Stitched Rectangle dies

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″.
  2. Diecut the plaid paper with the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die.Adhere to card base. Set aside.
  3. Diecut the watercolor paper with the 4th largest rectangle die.
  4. Draw an envelope on a scrap piece of white cardstock. I just used a ruler to make the top and bottom, then freehanded the rest of the lines. It doesn’t need to be perfect – and probably looks better that it isn’t!
  5. Color in the lower part of the envelope to provide some shading, I used C1 and C3 Copic Sketch markers. Then, fussy-cut the envelope.
  1. Apply a blue watercolor wash to the stitched rectangle watercolor piece. Air dry or heat dry.
  2. Add plain water spatter to the wash and pick up with a paper towel. This will leave waterspots and extra dimension.
  3. For the last layer, spatter on some Frost White All Purpose Ink. Air dry or heat dry. If you heat dry, be careful to not let the All Purpose Ink bubble up.
  1. Stamp the sentiment in Staz-on. Using a stamp positioner is a good idea so it can be stamped a few times to fill in the watercolor paper texture.
  2. Adhere the finished watercolor panel to the Blue Jay cardstock layer.
  3. Add the fussy-cut envelope to the sentiment element.
  4. Add a small flag of crumb cake ribbon – use mini glue dots to adhere.
  5. Adhere the finished panel to the card base using pop-up foam.

PS: At the last minute, I decided to stamp the little smiley face from the stamp set on the back of the envelope and color it in with a yellow (Y13) Copic. I love the way it pulls in the yellow from the patterned paper!

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