January 14, 2020


Stampin' Up!'s annual promotion, Sale-A-Bration, is in full swing, and will be through March 31. During this time period, for every $50 you spend with Stampin' Up! (before tax and shipping), you qualify for free product. The SAB brochure is chock full of goodies to choose from.

Because this is the best time of the year at Stampin' Up!, I wanted to feature some of these items at my monthly Stamp-In Workshop, which was held yesterday, January 13.

Lots of goodness is included in the card I posted today, Pigment Sprinkles Water Lily. Three of the items, the stamp set that contains the water lily and lily pad, the dies that cut out these two pieces (and lots more!), as well as the lovely Designer Series Paper you can see in the background of the card, are all free items you can get during Sale-A-Bration!

Other featured product includes the new Label Me Fancy Punch, found on page 41 in the new Mini Catalog, the beautiful sentiment from the Bird Ballad stamp set on page 92 of the Annual Catalog, and then the perky little enamel Melon Mambo triangle found near the sentiment, which is from he Dinoroar Enamel Shapes, page 178 of the Annual Catalog. Oh! And last, but perhaps most important, the "paint" used to color in the flower and the lily pad was made with PIGMENT SPRINKLES, which you can find on page 179 in the Annual Catalog. Whew!

The card is fairly easy to put together, partly in thanks to the lovely Designer Series Paper that makes creating a card quite effortless -- so much of the work is done for you!

We used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the water lily and its pad on watercolor paper. The paint was created with a few Pigment Sprinkles in Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green and a spritz of water, in conjunction with Aqua Painters. 

Using the Memento ink, the colors seemed to bleed a bit. So, I tried it again using StazOn black ink. This didn't bleed at all, but made for a very pure Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green. Which looked great. But this more painterly look that the Memento ink yielded more closely resembled the painted background of the DSP. So, that's what we decided to go with.

I know that sponging isn't as much in vogue anymore as it was some time ago, but this poor naked little sentiment looked just so lost and out of place that I dragged out my stamping sponge and Melon Mambo ink, and treated the edges to a touch of pink. I love how the pink livened it up!

Following you will find the Supplies List and Instructions on how to re-create this card for yourself. Please note that, if you opt to not get the dies that cut out the flower and the lily pad, they are very simple to fussy cut. Although the die set does contain some other wonderful dies such as a leaf stalk and a nifty edging. Just saying.

Watercolor Paper
Whisper White cardstock
Bermuda Bay cardstock
Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper (page 6, Sale-A-Bration brochure)

Lovely Lily Pad stamp set (page 5, SAB brochure)
Bird Ballad stamp set (page 92, Annual Catalog)

Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Melon Mambo ink
Pigment Sprinkles in Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green (page 179, Annual Catalog)

Big Shot
Lily Pad dies (page 4, SAB brochure)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Dinoroar Enamel Shapes (page 178, Annual Catalog)
Stamping Sponge
Label Me Fancy Punch (page 41, Mini Catalog)
Aqua Painter (page 180, Annual Catalog)

Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

To the card base, adhere a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock, followed by a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper.

In Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the large water lily and the large lily pad onto a 3" x 6" piece of watercolor paper.

Add a few sprinkles of Melon Mambo Pigment Sprinkles to a paint well. Spritz with water to liquify the powder. Using an Aqua Painter, color in the water lily.

Before moving onto another color, write with the Aqua Painter on scratch paper until the water runs clean. Repeat the same process with the Granny Apple Green sprinkles in a separate well and paint the large lily pad. Once these are dry, use the proper dies to cut them out with the Big Shot. If you do not have the dies, fussy cut the pieces, leaving narrow borders of white.

Glue the flower and the lily pad together as desired.

Glue the completed flower to the right of a 1 1/2" x 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock.

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in black. Punch it out with the Label Me Fancy Punch. Sponge the edges of the label with Melon Mambo ink. Add a Melon Mambo enamel triangle tilted in the upper right corner.

Use a few Stampin' Dimensionals to add the sentiment to the white strip so it balances the flower.

Adhere the finished strip flat to the card front, about 1" down from the top of the DSP.



  1. That is beautiful and reminds me of my favorite Monet painting. Pinned.

  2. That is so lovely, you have put it together so well.

  3. You are so talented Linda! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned!

  4. I always love some ink sponged on the edge of a sentiment. Very pretty. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's!

  5. This is lovely. You're inspiring me to start making cards again.

    1. Oh, please do so! You won't regret it. I am so glad I can inspire you! Thank you.

  6. how very pretty love the colors reminds me of my grandmas lilies
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    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Catherine. You are so sweet.

  8. Beautiful card and the paper is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  9. Soooooo pretty!


  10. Love the colors of this one! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  11. I do have a soft spot for sponging. We used it in decorating a lot in our first home, and it is so effective. Love the waterlilies - what a beautiful card this is! Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Linda.

    1. I know. Sponging is so soft and appealing. I think it definitely has its place. In cardmaking, however, it is so rarely used anymore.Thanks, April, for your kind words.

  12. The background on this card is just gorgeous! One of my favorite things in the Summer, is going out on the jet ski with my husband, and when we go to a certain spot on our lake, both sides of us are lined with opened water lilies, and I am always in love. I picked this as one of my features at this week's Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party, which goes live today at 5pm EST.


    1. Why, thank you, Alexandra! Your special spot on the lake sounds blissful!