I worked on this card during my Zoom chat this weekend on World Cardmaking Day – and oy did it take me a long time to work out what to do! And suddenly someone asked us to go ’round and say what our favorite stamps to color are…which was enough to get me to realize I hadn’t colored any Purple Onion Designs stamps in what felt like ages – and it solved my dilemma of what to create!
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I knew I wanted to make a slimline card with this cool die set – especially because one question I get on a semi-regular basis is how to calculate measurements for layers. Generally I just go by 1/4″ increments, or 1/2 if I want big layers – but this die makes beautiful, tight little layers that also have a nice “edge” in them, which makes the card super elegant when cut from watercolor paper! (I’m not sure if that edge shows up in regular cardstock – but you could try putting a good shim in it to be sure it embosses deeply!
I also had a good chuckle with my friends this weekend over the craze of making slimline cards; I find them relatively inefficient in the using of paper – but they’re fun for some variety in cardmaking! I had always called them “business envelope size” rather than slimline….so there’s that!
This little bunny’s name is Birch – and I would totally love to be his friend.
The middle critter IS a bunny – it’s Pepper. And the little snowman is a stamp just called Snow!
The layering die does these beautiful edges – and when accented with watercolor, they’re just gorgeous! I popped just the top layer with dimensional adhesive but the thickness of the watercolor paper is just so yummy here.
The blue version was simply painted with different colors of blue – but the same process for everything else!
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- Purple Onion Designs Stamps:
- Slimline Die Set: Modern Embossed Frames, Trinity Stamps Dies
- Watercolors, Daniel Smith:
- Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
- Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen, White
- VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black
- Crafter’s Companion Gemini Junior
- MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool, My Sweet Petunia
- Dual Speed Heat Tool, WOW
- Arches Cold Press Paper EH – BLICK
- Synthetic blend watercolor brushes:
- Natural hair watercolor brushes:
Great card! Super cute! Purple Onion are just the sweetest!
Thanks for demoing the virtues of this die set.
These are just gorgeous Sandy!
Really like the way you used the dies to accent to critters. I would never have considered buying the dies (I have very few due their $$) but I might have to rethink getting this set. Love the card and your color choices.
Absolutely enjoyed your presentation of this slimline design: the colors, the critters, and all the little tips in making the layers. Your instructions were so clear. Must try.
Love seeing this design in both the warm and cool palette, thank you for the fab videos.
I love the psychedelic look.Fantastic layers Sandy.
I love, love, love this card. The video was great too. Thanks and have a great day
These are lovely!
Beautiful work, as always!
I’m feeling a little silly; but, I never ever thought to take some of my leftover watercolor paint and use it to paint the edges of my layers. I am consistently amazed by the range of information I learn whenever I visit your blog or watch a video. Thank you. Be well.
Wow. You always know exactly what I need, namely – what to do with the new tall skinny cards! I bought a bunch of colored envelopes in that size (#10), so I’m determined to make cards for them, but just couldn’t get started… Thank You! I have so many Purple Onion critters, that I can get to work right away! Love your backgrounds – the blue and the bright colors!