It happens every Monday! I always look forward to the ‘Make It Monday’ video tutorial from Papertrey Ink, one of my favorite stamp companies. I soak up so much inspiration while watching a talented PTI design team member share a new technique for card making. However, I have never been brave enough to participate in the ‘Make It Monday’ Challenge… until now.
One of the ways I will ‘blossom’ (my ‘One Little Word’ 2016) is to participate in weekly and monthly card making challenges. It will be a wonderful way to practice new papercrafting techniques, as I learn and grow throughout the year! While I am truly passionate about making cards, sharing them online can be a bit scary at first.
Blossoming feels the same way
exciting, challenging, … and a wee bit unsettling!
This week, Lexi Daly inspired me to practice with my watercolors and die cuts to create a card.
I knew right away which word I would die cut into my card!
It was another perfect opportunity to make my ‘One Little Word’ visible.
Let’s take a peek…
First I watercolored with Distress Inks on watercolor paper.
Next I die cut the letters using my Big Shot.
(This is an adaptation of Lexi’s technique, since it was much too cold and snowy to venture out to buy repositionable labels to cut into stencils. It will be fun to try creating my own stencils soon!)
The MISTI tool made repeated stamping on the textured, watercolor paper so much easier!
I added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock behind the word blossom, and sequins for a bit of sparkle.
Then I mounted the watercolor panel onto white cardstock with foam adhesive to add dimension.
My Clean and Simple (CAS) card was ready… but this card won’t be mailed away to a friend.
This card will have a special place here
all year long
to inspire me to make choices that help me to
in so many new ways!
Our card making friends might be interested in the I supplies used:
Paper: Canson Aquarelle watercolor paper, SU Crumb Cake cardstock, Recollections 110 lb. white cardstock
Ink: Distress Inks (picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn, salty ocean, seedless preserves), Momento Tuxedo Black
Dies: Wet Paint Alphabet dies (Papertrey Ink), Tag Sale: Quilted die (Papertrey Ink), Spring Wreath die (Wplus9)
Stamps: Counting My Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Adhesives: ATG, Scotch Foam Tape, Tombow Mono Multi
Sequins: Neat and Tangled
Listening to: Oldies on the radio AND lots of fun Periscopes live from CHA. ♥ (Special thanks to Sandy Allnock for streaming interesting, live videos of the newest papercrafting products from the CHA trade show all afternoon!)
Feeling: It feels like I blossomed a tiny bit this afternoon while making and sharing this ‘Make It Monday’ Challenge!
I was having so much fun in my little ‘Paper Garden’ that I created
a few more ‘blossom‘ cards to display…
on my bedside table,
in my workout space,
in my papercrafting studio,
on my blogging desk,
and a little ‘blossom‘ tag for my calendar.
It feels like there will be a whole lot of blossoming happening here!
Have you tried any new things in 2016 yet?
Heartfelt thanks for taking the time to visit today!
Be brave with your life!