Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson | Happy New Year!
While I celebrated a quiet beginning to the New Year with my family on December 31st, I know that soon there’ll be a much more lavish affair to welcome in the Chinese New Year, which is what my card is celebrating today.
I’m playing along with this weeks’ Global Design Project challenge #GDP124, which is a CASE the Designer challenge. The designer is the very talented Louise Sharp, a fellow Aussie Demonstrator, who has a lovely clean style and uses white space very effectively. Here is the card we’re casing and I’ll explain how I got from there to mine – it makes sense, trust me 😉
As I mentioned earlier, I love Louise’s use of white space on her cards which is what I was going for on my own. Even though my colour combination is quite bold I’m hoping all the white space tones those colours down a little.
I also like the narrow contrasting border and the simple sentiment banner elements from her design, both of which I’ve used on my version.
The lanterns, which are the focal image on my card, are from the Color Me Happy stamp set that came out as introductory stamp set to help us practice with the new Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used both Light and Dark Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends plus the Colour Lifter to colour them in and am sure there is a trick to easily add the yellow glow in the centre, but it took me quite a bit of colouring before I got the look I was after.
The streamers are from the Dare to Dream stamp set (a host only set) and I used my Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry ink pads to stamp them and a little Clear Wink of Stella added a subtle sparkle.
I stamped the lanterns again in Momento Black ink where I wanted them to hang from the streamers and then added the fussy cut coloured ones over the top with dimensionals. This is a perfect work around for skinny bits like the tassels and hangers that aren’t suitable for fussy cutting.
The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and was heat embossed in white on Real Red cardstock. I did die cut this out using the Bunch of Banners Framelits, but it would be just as easy to trim by hand. Two short loops of Mini Black Sequin Trim were added to each end of my sentiment strip and I adhered it with Mini Dimensionals to my card front.
Once I had a clear idea in my head of how I wanted this card to look, it came together very quickly and I was so pleased with how it turned out. I hope you like it as well and think one of my sons will be happy to send it off to a good friend of his 🙂
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