Hello friends! It’s so nice to have you hop around Social Stamping Blog Host #4. Today’s theme is ‘friend’. I’m missing seeing my friends, being able to hug my friends, being able to catch up for coffees, or linger for a chat at school drop off. This weekend was supposed to be a camping trip with friends, which we’ve had to postpone.
As much as I miss my friends, I’m also very grateful to have been on the receiving end of some lovely gestures of friendship that make social distancing and isolation a little easier. I’ve had Zoom chats with friends so I could still see them, I’ve had surprise deliveries on my doorstep, I’ve had happy mail cards arrive in the letterbox. I love the irony that the very same virus that is keeping us apart is actually bringing us all together.
Knowing how lovely it has been to receive surprises during this time, I’m planning a few surprises of my own! And happy mail is always more fun with a pretty card to open too.
The set of cards I’m sharing today was inspired by some of the gorgeous art I’ve seen shared on the Rainbow Trail page (read more about the Rainbow Trail in last week’s social stamping post).
Using washi tape to mask the lines and Stampin’ Blends to colour the spaces, I made these card fronts…
They started as a piece of Whisper White cardstock with washi placed across the front to separate the card into segments.
I then coloured each segment with 2 different Stampin’ Blends. My first attempt used solid colours, but the blended effect looked much better! And works perfectly with the Stampin’ Blends. I also tried a variety of different colours & thicknesses of washi tape.
Once coloured, I ever-so-gently lifted the washi tape up and then cut the artwork with a stitched rectangle. The ‘hello friend’ stamp (from Seriously the Best stamp set) was heat embossed in black. This was adhered to a coordinating piece of cardstock and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a Whisper White card base.
Here’s the finished cards –
Thick washi with two tone segments in a multi-colour scheme
Blends: Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Mango Melody, Light Night of Navy, Dark Bermuda Bay, Light Lovely Lipstick, Dark Rococo Rose.
Medium washi with ombre segments in one colour scheme
Blends: Light & Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light & Dark Rococo Rose, Light & Dark Lovely Lipstick
Medium washi with ombre segments in a multi-colour scheme (bright)
Blends: Light & Dark Lovely Lipstick, Light & Dark Night of Navy, Light & Dark Mint Macaron
Thin washi with ombre segments in a multi-colour scheme (pastel)
Blends: Light & Dark Purple Posy, Light & Dark Pool Party, Light & Dark Mint Macaron
This technique is so easy and looks amazing! I love that the finished effect looks different for each set of colours. It’s also a perfect way to get some use out of retired washi tape that seems to build up for me, no matter how good my intentions are to use it!
The next friend on my list is Nicole Wilson and her fun project.
I’ve been humbled each week to hop with so many amazingly talented stamping friends. It’s also been a delight to welcome new designers to the blog host each week. Thank you to you all for making this happen. To see the full list of participating blogs, visit the main blog host post (that’s a tongue twister!).
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I hope it involves some time to make something special for a friend.