When I posted my cards I'd made from the April 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit in this post, I mentioned that I'd made full size cards from each of the four designs and promised I would post them in the future. Well, the future has arrived!
For each of these cards, I mounted the cute shaped cards upon a traditional A2 size card. The difference, besides being a normal sized card, is that I did something different on the paper directly behind the shape on each of the cards.
In the first card, shown below, I had something of a lightbulb moment. I decided to create a background of modified kiwi fruits. I did that by using the circle die that came in the kit, then added kiwi seeds in black ink with the three dot stamp that was also included.
For the second card, I made a really wonderful discovery by accident. I had decided to put a border of watermelons around the edge of the back paper. Like a nincompoop, I mounted the watermelon stamp upside down on the clear block and went about stamping. After the first image, I discovered my mistake. But, seriously, it was a good one! I continued to stamp these pink blobs all around the edge. When I finished, I just turned the stamp right side up and stamped over the solid watermelons the details in black ink. No coloring needed!
The background of this card didn't turn out perfectly, but I like it anyway. I searched through my Designer Series Papers, looking for a black and white design. I discovered this stripe that I thought would work well. However, when I chose the Stampin' Blends colors to match as closely as possible the colors in the rainbow, there were, of course, five colors. Alternating colors on the stripes didn't work too well. You see, I'd color in the first five blank stripes, then skip a white one and resume the color sequence again. Unfortunately, about halfway down, the white stripe I needed to skip was a WIDE white stripe, which looked truly awful.
The happy accident came when I placed the rainbow onto the card. The width of the rainbow nicely covered up that wide white stripe, making it turn out perfectly, neatly disguising the over large white stripe..
Before you judge me for my coloring -- really, I am a terrific Stampin' Blends colorer, if I may say so myself -- I attempted to recreate the imperfect look of the rainbow. Not a complete success, I realize, but it will suffice.
I had fun with this last card especially. Once again, trying to replicate the look of the popcicle coloring, I took a piece of Vellum Cardstock, and with Stampin' Blends, sort of scribbled in stripes. I am actually quite pleased with how this one turned out.
Now, how about you? Do ever do anything like this? Experimenting with different looks for backgrounds? And maybe come across a happy accident or two?
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It sounds like you bumbled through a few of these cards! lol I probably would have thrown my cards out, but from now on, I'll have to give my bumbles more thought! Love your cards and how they turned out despite the happy accidents!ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks! I hate to throw anything away, so I tend to bumble onwards and usually end up with something I'm really happy with.Delete
I think they all turned out really well; I often play as I go and if I don't like the final look then the card is just not done yet! Lol.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joanne! I like your philosophy!Delete
I love the watery colored background on the last one...I bet that was fun to do. Do you have a tutorial on that technique? SandiReplyDelete
Thanks! I don't have an actual tutorial. But it was so easy to do! I just took a piece of vellum cardstock (Stampin' Up! carries it. It's a little heavier than regular vellum). and with the various colors of Stampin' Blends, just scribbled right on the vellum. Not too perfectly because i wanted it to echo the look of the popsicle. Try it! So simple!Delete
You do such nice work.Thank you for sharing with us on the Classy Flamingos.ReplyDelete
Thank you for saying that, Linda!Delete
I absolutely love the kiwi fruit card and the great lolly pop card, I really must get back into making cards again,its been a long time since I last did any crafting, just popping over from Random-osity xReplyDelete
Thanks! I'm so glad you like them! Yes! Dive in again! It is ever so satisfying and wonderful. You won't regret it!Delete
I love them all, but I think the last one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo KathleenReplyDelete
Thanks, Kathleen! You are so sweet!Delete
Sometimes a crafting mistake is just what you need to make to learn something new and create something entirely different. All of these are wonderful. #HomeMattersPartyReplyDelete
Thank you, Donna! Very philosophical. It's what I like to refer to as a happy accident. Sometimes they turn out the best!Delete
Looks good enough to eat and certainly to feature when my party opens up!ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you so much, Carol!Delete