Monday, January 14, 2013

Abundant Hope for DD35 and STB1

Greetings, Stampers, and Happy Monday! It was a foggy, damp weekend in New York. I don't think the sun ever came out. I didn't get any outdoor activities done as I had planned, but needless to say, that left more time for stamping! 

Today's project was inspired by two challenges. The first was the Dynamic Duos color challenge. This week's is: "A Breath of Spring with Yellow and Green". You can see what direction these colors immediately sent me in, daffodils! I was inspired to pull out a retired Stampin' Up stamp set called Abundant Hope for the occasion.

The layout was inspired by a new challenge site called Seize the Birthday. For their first challenge they have a sketch and a theme for a feminine birthday card. I love this sketch and had so many ideas for it. You'll likely see me use it again.

The daffodil image was stamped with Black Stazon Ink onto Watercolor Paper. I colored it in using ink refills and an Aqua Painter. The ink refills are awesome to work with when you are coloring an image. It gives you the opportunity to use the ink undiluted for a deeper shade, or to water it down for a softer shade. I sponged all the edges with a little Crumb Cake ink to soften things up a bit.

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Abundant Hope (r), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Watercolor Paper
Designer Series Paper: Tea for Two, Twitterpated
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Crumb Cake
Ink Refills: Certainly Celery, So Saffron
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Sponge Daubers, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon (r)

Have an awesome day!


jimlynn said...

Beautiful card and I love the colors you used for this! Fabulous DP too.
Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

Brennansmum said...

Sandy I just love this card....everything about it...the layout, the colours and the stamp..gorgeous.

Jenny Engelke said...

What wonderful coloring on the flower and your choice of patterned papers is perfect for this serene image!

Lesley said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! This card is a breath of fresh air Sandy! Love your colouring! Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Sandy, this is so soft and pretty! Your shading on the image is beautiful and I really like the card layout. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos! :)

Bobbie said...

So pretty! I adore your card and the image is so well done. I have to admit that the aqua painter is one tool I'm scared of. Thanks for playing with the Dynamic Duos.

Amy White said...

Beautiful! Love the combination of the daffodils and the pretty papers. Thanks for playing with Dynamic Duos this week!

Unknown said...

Awww, what a beautiful and lovely card!
I was looking for some birthday cards for friends ideas and stumbled on Seize The Birthday card challenge.
I love every entry there.

Cheers to all!