Summer Bucket List with Koren Wiskman


Hello everyone, Koren here with a different way to use your Neat & Tangled Blog planner stamp set. I have used this set for quite a while on various things in my craft room, and until today, none of them have been cards. Although this set is wonderful for blog planning and note taking, I wanted to use it for something different, and made a card with this cool set. 


The company that designed my personal blog’s template usually sends us all some inspiring photos and articles that are interesting to us bloggers, and this month, they sent out a Summer Bucket List that you can check out by clicking the linked text above. It was a very simple but stunning watercolor-like checklist of all the cool things you should check off this summer. Although it was a nice list, I decided to create my own. I am always looking for fun cards to send to my crafty online friends and this was one that really hit the nail on the head for me. 


I started with a piece of Ranger watercolor cardstock cut down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 . I loaded it into my stamp positioner along with the box and check boxes from the Blog Planner set that I mentioned earlier. I inked up only the check boxes on that stamp, and was easily done by simply wiping away the ink from the lines that you do not want stamped. You can also selectively ink the lines you want to stamp by using a marker. I attempted to find a place in the center of the card to create my list and used Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and wiped away the lines that I didn’t want with a blue microfiber cloth. I stamped the boxes and then heat embossed them using Hero Arts Clear embossing powder. I continued to create my list lining up the words “create”, “take photos”, and “send pretty mail” in the corresponding boxes, heat embossing them as I went. 


I used the “Summer” word die from the Neat & Tangled Hello Summer Nice & Neat Dies., and cut it from Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock. I created four layers and adhered them together using Nuvo Deluxe Liquid Adhesive. Before attaching it to the card panel I stamped the flying seagull images from the Hello Summer Stamp set and heat embossed it the same way as above. Once that was complete I attached the “Summer” word die using the same liquid adhesive. 


To add some color, I knew exactly what I wanted to use, as I have been loving the Jane Davenport Colorsticks lately. These are watercolor crayons and they are so easy to mix. I scribbled some of the red and the orange color onto my glass mat and mixed them together using a small round brush and a little water. Once it was mixed together in a creamy consistency I applied the homemade coral color to my project essentially highlighting the first line “create” and the last line “send pretty mail”. To add a bit more I brushed an ombre of color onto the bottom of this panel using a slightly larger round brush and back and forth strokes to lay down the color. Once dry, this entire panel was added to an A2 size top folding card base in Simon Says Stamp Fog. I popped it up using white craft foam and Nuvo Tape runner adhesive. 


I also stamped and embossed the pencil from the Hello Summer Stamp Set but this time I used some new (to me) paints to color it. I used my new gouache paint sets from American Crafts. These paints behave similarly to watercolor but with a more opaque finish. I cut the pencil out with my scissors and popped it up onto the panel using Scotch 3M foam tape. 


I hope that you enjoyed my unconventional card project for you today. Maybe it will inspire you to create with something a little unconventional in your craft room this week. 


Koren 

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