In the middle of a ‘perfect’ spring day today, a nasty storm blew in. Since that wasn’t predicted, I was crafting outside, and had to scramble to drag all my supplies back into the house. Thankfully, my daughter ran out to help, or I’d have lost a lot to the wind and rain!
The blessing of my daughter’s help got me thinking about the figurative ‘storms’ we all go through sometimes in life. They’re so much easier to ‘weather’ when we have the support of others, aren’t they? So with that in mind, I grabbed my Weather Together stamp set, and made this rainy day encouragement card.
This versatile stamp set retires May 31st, so I was happy to get a chance to use it one last time.
In keeping with the stormy theme, I used neutral colors for most of the card, with the umbrella being — symbolically — the only truly bright spot.
To create this little scene, I stamped all of the images in Memento ink, then colored them with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. As you can see, my coloring is far from ‘perfect’. But I love playing with these markers, and experimenting to create different shading and texture effects.
For example, after coloring the sky with a Light Pool Party marker, I went back over it with the Color Lifter in a wavy motion. This broke up the solid color a lot, creating kind of a watercolor look.
If you’ve got these markers, I encourage you to just spend some time playing with them, to see what fun new effects you can create!
Tips to Make This Card
Want to make this card? Here are the supplies you’ll need, and some tips for putting it together.
Links to all supplies are included at the end of this post.
- Stamps: Weather Together (retiring May 31st!)
- 4-1/4 x 5-1/2-inch Basic Gray card base
- 4-1/4 x 4-1/4-inch square Whisper White cardstock for the dry embossed panel
- 3-3/4 x 3-3/4-inch square Basic Black cardstock to matte the image piece on
- 3-1/2 x 3-1/2-inch square Whisper White cardstock to stamp the scene on
- Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
- Stampin’ Blends markers — Dark and Light Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, and Smoky Slate; Color Lifter
- Other: Simple Stripes Textured Impressions embossing folder, Big Shot or other embossing machine, Pick a Pattern Washi tape, gray ribbon, SNAIL adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals
- To create the look of overlapping clouds, use the masking technique.
- Stamp all images in Memento or similar alcohol-marker-safe ink. (Archival Black ink does NOT work well with alcohol markers!)
- Remember to leave enough space, when stamping the umbrella, for its ‘crown’, and some raindrops between the umbrella and clouds.
- When coloring the clouds, add a little bit of light Rich Razzleberry to the bottoms of them for a more ‘stormy’ look.
- Dry emboss the 4-1/4 x 4-1/4-inch Whisper White square with the Simple Stripes embossing folder, and then attach it about 1/4 inch from the top of the card base.
- Cut or tear your washi tape a bit wider than the card base (4-1/4 inches), and attach it below the dry embossed cardstock piece. Then use scissors to trim the ends.
- Attach the matted image piece to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam tape) to give your card some fun dimension.
Click any link below to get the supplies you need to make this card! Remember, retiring items are only available while supplies last, thru May 31, 2018 (whichever comes first).