Wisconsin Green

Simon Says Stamp | Celebrate
05/01/2024

Hi there!

We are headed into Spring here in Wisconsin, which means that everything is turning green!  Leaves are budding, grass is growing, and even the pines are perking up.   

In about a month, we will be fully “Wisconsin green”.  And if you’re wondering what that means, well, that the term I use to cover all the glorious shades of green we get here in Wisconsin that I’ve never seen anywhere else in my travels.  I can look across the rolling hills or even the farm fields and see so many wonderful shades of green against a gloriously blue sky.  It’s one of the things I truly love about living here.  

It’s the thought of those greens against the bright blue sky that inspired my card today.  

To make this card:

  1. Stamp the Organic Leaves background stamp on a watercolor cardstock panel with embossing ink, then heat emboss it using white embossing powder.  If your watercolor cardstock is textured, you may need to stamp it more than once to avoid gaps in the embossing.
  2. Watercolor the panel in greens, teals, and blues.  I used my Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers because they are super vivid and the color can be intensified greatly by applying it in layers.  I applied 3 layers of color to this panel, drying it between each one.  I’ve linked to them in the Supplies section below, as well as to the Gansai Tambi watercolors that are amazing and very pigmented.  Truly, any watercolor medium will work (even ink refils)!
  3. When the panel is fully dry, cut it down to your desired size using an arch die.
  4. Line the watercolored panel up over your card base in your MISTI and use it as a guide for positioning your sentiment.  One of the nice things about photopolymer or clear stamps is that they allow you to bend them a bit.  The sentiment on this card is from a straight stamp, but I was able to bend it in order to stamp it into the arched shape I wanted. It may take a few tries to get it positioned correctly, but it is well worth the effort.
  5. Adhere your watercolored panel on your card front using foam adhesive.
  6. Add some bakers twine and black enamel dots for some interest.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you like this card and that the colors that surround you inspire you to create something beautiful!

      jd

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1 Comment

  1. Bo Gilmore

    Hi Jean. Knowing a little more about “Wisconsin green”, your card captures the greens beautifully. I like this water color technique. The way you turned the arch upside down for a different prospective was a cool idea.

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jean

designer & content creator

I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

I simply find joy in creating and delight in sharing.

I hope that by sharing my cards and other art with you here on my blog I can inspire you to create something you love!

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