Today’s card is super simple, but I have a small surprise – I have finally recorded another video tutorial! It’s been over a year since I did one of these (yikes!), and in that time, I haven’t learned a darn thing about doing videos, LOL. I am still completely terrified on camera, and pretty lost with all the technical stuff, but the only way I’m going to get better is to practice, so…
(Feel free to laugh at me – I can’t hear you.) 😉
The video spells it out, but for those who prefer written instructions, I started with Peekaboo Peach cardstock, creating a standard A2 card-base (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″). I then took a piece of white cardstock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″. I used the Watercolor Wash background stamp, and created a sort of ombre look by pouncing four different colors of ink on the stamp, using little sponge wedges – Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Tangerine Tango. Then, I added some little dots and splotches of color – I put color straight from my ink pad to my acrylic block, and then used a paint brush and a little water to flick bits of ink onto the paper.
The “sun” is just two of the Swirly Scribbles dies cut from Daffodil Delight. I die-cut the word “sunshine” from both the daffodil paper, and Tangerine Tango, so I could give it a little bit of a shadow. All of the yellow pieces were coated with Wink of Stella, so they have some glimmer (which my camera absolutely refused to pick up).
I stamped the word “hello” three times, added three thin strips of cardstock to the left side, added three tiny pearls, and called it finished. Like I said, super easy-peasy. And fun! You could use this ombre background with flicks of color for all sorts of different cards. And the possibilities for these die sets are just endless. With a little thought, I’d be willing to bet that all of you could totally improve on this card idea. And if you do, I hope you will share it with me. I’d love to see what you come up with!
In the oh-so-awkward introduction of my video tutorial, I mentioned that I am much better about putting my thoughts on “paper” then on camera, so here is some of what I wanted to say…
When I was very young, all I needed was some paper and pens, or a coloring book and crayons, and I could keep myself happy for hours. Since then, my life has taken some rather interesting twists and turns. How I got “here” is a VERY long story, but in short, I feel a bit like I’ve come full-circle. I’m finding that, once again, I am completely at peace when I have some paper and coloring tools in front of me. This, paper-crafting, is what I was born to do. The only difference now is that I no longer feel that I have to hide away and craft all alone.
I believe that we are all connected – to each other, and to the world around us. It’s those connections that give our lives meaning. Everything we do becomes more, when we share it with others. Maintaining this blog, having a social media presence, creating videos, and most recently, becoming a Stampin’ Up demonstrator… this is my way of sharing, but none of it is necessary to enjoy this hobby. If playing with paper and color brings you joy, then by all means, find a way to do it.
I said in the video that “what I lack in talent, I think I make up for in passion”. The message I am trying to convey is that crafting isn’t about perfection, or being the best. It’s about the joy of the act itself. And there is nothing better than sharing that joy with others. So if you’ve wanted to try this card-making stuff, but thought you weren’t “creative enough”, or “talented enough”, or couldn’t afford all the fancy tools, then the message I most want to share with you is JUST DO IT. All you really need is paper and pencil.
Thank you – all of you – for sharing this journey with me! Have a creative, beautiful, joyful day!