hi guys! i'm back again today for yet another fun new papertrey ink blog feature, simple to spectacular. who doesn't love a simple, classic sugar cookie? but then you add icing and it's even sweeter and more decadent. and then you pop on some sprinkles and suddenly it's a party! the idea of this feature is to show how a stamp set can go from clean and simple to simply spectacular with a few extra layers or embellishments. this week we're showcasing doodlie-do and i decided to "send a little sunshine" with mine!
for my first card, i went clean and simple all the way with a one layer quickie. if you've been here more than once or twice, you know this is one of my go-to styles. i love a quick one layer card! a little simple stamping, add a sentiment, an easy bling thing and voilá! can you figure out how i added color? after stamping the images in smokey shadow ink, i flipped the stamps over on the block and stamped the back of it in color right on top of the matching image. it's one of my favorite tricks when the stamp base follows the basic shape of the stamp image - two stamps for the price of one! to finish it off, i colored each flower dot with a wink of stella clear glitter pen and wrapped a bit of metallic gold thread around the top. i can rarely stay away from a little sparkle and shine even on a clean and simple card like this!
next, i stepped it up a bit with die cuts and more detailed coloring with copic markers. while it's still technically clean and simple with the same amount of white space as the first card, it's a little more involved and took a little more time. i used four shades of yellow for the flowers (Y11, Y21, Y19, YR23) and two greens for the leaves (YG11, YG25). the doodlie-do images are so fun to color with all the little spaces! the two on the right are adhered flat to the card base with multi medium matte, while the third is popped up on foam tape. and although it's hard to see in the photo, the petals of all three flowers are curled up for even more dimension. like the original, i finished it off with my handy wink of stella clear glitter pen and a metallic gold wrap at the top!
and finally, for my "spectacular" take, i stepped it way up, incorporating ideas from both previous cards and adding in ink smooshing, splatters, and more bling things! i really liked the simple color behind the stamped images on the first, so i translated that idea here to support my single blinged out focal flower. after ink smooshing a mix of bright buttercup and harvest gold where the trio of flowers go, i stamped them right on top in bright buttercup to create sort of a background layer. i also splattered some of the same watered down inks all over the white space. i colored the die cut flower and leaf the same way as on the last card, curled up the edges, added a little wink of stella clear glitter (a little more this time!), and finished it off with chunky gold glitter on the dots. after it was sufficiently blinged, i popped it up on foam tape and strategically placed three acrylic dew drops around it. like the others, a little metallic gold thread wraps it all up!
from simple to stepped up to spectacular, i used the same stamps, colors, and basic layout on all three - and i love the results! "simple" one layer cards are perfect and easy when i need something fast, and i really enjoy a good "spectacular" session when i have time to spare for experimenting. But i think i typically live in the "stepped up" realm the most. Still it's always nice to stamp outside of your typical box! What do you think of this new feature? It really is a great exercise in seeing the different possibilities and trying new things. Be sure to check out the original post on the papertrey ink blog - heather and melissa have projects too!!
happy hump day!