One Card Two Ways

I mentioned in a passing conversation over in the Simply Cardmaking group on Facebook that I’ve never actually used my Wetlands stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® Shortly thereafter, Ingrid challenged me to break it out and make a card with it, so I did. In fact, I made two! I decided to create two versions of the same card, each using a different technique.

Mel's Card Corner | One Card Two Ways

For the first card, I decided to make a one layer card using a technique Ingrid recently posted on YouTube. I absolutely loved the look of the faux torn edge detail. I applied Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi inks for my background using sponges. I then stamped the goose and sentiment using Soft Suede ink. I blended the goose out a bit using a blender pen to give it a bit of color throughout the image and a softer look.

Mel's Card Corner | One Card Two Ways

To mimic some grasses along the lower edge, I added a big more ink along the edge of the sponge and flicked it up into the layer of green I had already applied. I really like the look this created because it plays nicely with the grasses on the goose image.

Mel's Card Corner | One Card Two Ways

For the second card, I decided to create a very similar card, but with layers and watercolor instead. I taped my watercolor paper down to a hardboard then masked off the wide stripe for my watercolor. I used a wash brush and added a generous amount of water to my paper, then dropped in the same Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi colors for my background using an Aqua Painter. Since I had the paper very wet already, the colors bloomed beautifully filling in the area completely. I then set it aside to let it air dry.

Mel's Card Corner | One Card Two Ways

For this card, I trimmed the watercolor panel down to 3.75 x 5″. I decided to stamp the goose and sentiment using Early Expresso to give it a bit of a bolder look vs. the Soft Suede on the first card. I matted the panel on a piece of Marina Mist cardstock, then adhered it to an A2 top-folding card base. To finish the card, I added three Marina Mist candy dots in the lower right corner.

I’m entering these cards in the following challenges:

Until next time …

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  1. Ingrid says:

    Love them both – I am such an addict of OLC’s, Faux Torn edges and Watercoloring – both are great. So glad you finally broke it out! I’ll have to follow your lead today. 🙂

  2. Julia Quinn says:

    Lovely cards and great techniques too – I think my favourite is the torn edge!! So glad you joined the fun at SUO!

  3. Connie Babbert says:

    Both cards ae wonderful with great techniques…I do love the torn edge the best. I also like how you added some depth with the blades of green grass, too! Thanks for playing along with SUO Challenges this time!

  4. Susan Raihala says:

    Melissa, what gorgeous cards! I do so love when a blogger varies a design a bit to play around with different techniques…the results are always instructive. Your one-layer card is particularly lovely with the softness and how you let the stamp flow over both the top and bottom of the background area. Simply perfect for the OLS challenge! Thanks for sharing!

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