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WCMD2020 – Congrats

I found out the other day that one of my friends and colleagues has  a new job. Congrats to him! In the spirit of making (and sending!) cards this year for World Cardmaking Day, I wanted to make him a card but I also wanted to play with leaves and color. This is the result.

Cardstock and Dimensions

  • Thick Very Vanilla – 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Early Espresso – 5 3/8 x 4 1/8
  • Shimmery White – 5 1/4 x 4, plus scraps for leaves and label
  • Real Red – scrap for label die cut


Create a Watercolor Background

Wet a quarter sheet of shimmery white cardstock with paint brush or water painter. I used the broad water painter in the Stampin Up! pack. Sprinkle a dot or two from the ink refills onto a clear acrylic block, each color a little bit apart from the next. Wet the entire piece of the shimmery white cardstock with the water brush. dip the brush in the Real Red ink and paint the top third of the shimmery white cardstock, dipping the brush back into the ink as needed. Repeat with the Daffodil Delight ink on the second third of the cardstock, then again with the Pear Pizzazz ink on the bottom third. Overlap each layer a bit for a smooth transition. Let air dry completely or dry with heat tool.


Create Leaves

Using shimmery white cardstock again, use ink and water to create another multicolored piece of cardstock, overlapping colors even more. You can even drop small drops of ink directly onto the cardstock and spritz with water to get desired level of color. Die cut leaves out of background.


Take the background you created above and use the large dotted die and die cut one side of the background longways. Repeat on the other side.

Position leaves on card where desired and stick down with adhesive of choice. I used Stampin’ Seal and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Die cut Real Red cardstock with large label die. Stamp greeting on shimmery white cardstock and cut with smaller label die. Adhere shimmery white label to red label, then attach red label to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere water colored background to Early Espresso cardstock, then adhere the Early Espresso cardstock to the Very Vanilla cardstock.

Stamp greeting inside card and finish decorating card as desired. In this picture, the leaf was inked with Daffodil Delight and then Real Red and Pear Pizzazz were sponged on stamp with sponge daubers then stamped on card to create the multicolored effect. This greeting is from the Many Mates stamp set and I’m glad I finally have a chance to use it. I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity and this is it. I hope you enjoyed the card.





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