Hello and welcome to this weeks Step It Up Saturday; were we will take the same card using the same stamp set and take it a notch or two.  This week I decided to work with the Lilypad Lake bundle.  This stamp sets features serene sentiments for sending calming vibes to your loved ones.  Since each card features water it was only fitting to use the new Watercolor Pencils assortment 2 on each one.  So lets have a little look at today’s cards.

Stamps, Ink, & Paper:

As we have the past few weeks we are going to start with the easy card the beginning card if you will.  This card is geared toward the brand new stampers.  Stampers that don’t have a lot of supplies or really know where to start can easily recreate this card with ease.  It features just stamp ink and papers.

I started this card by stamping the water in Balmy Blue at the bottom of the 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of whisper white cardstock.  Next I stamped the crane, lilypad, and sun in the sky using Stazon Jet Black ink.

Once the stazon had dried I could start coloring it with the watercolor pencils.  If you want to color something that’s white, all you have to do is add a little color the shadow areas.  I usually use a gray or the balmy blue pencil was great for this type of coloring.  Most of the time depending on the light a white object or subject will appear to have a blue hue in the shadows.  The cool light is what gives off this along with the colors in the area around and above the subject.  The balmy blue pencil  looks really dark and it can get to a nice dark shade if you press a lot of pigment on the paper.  But, when done lightly it provides the perfect lakeside shadow color.

For the lily pads I colored the pads in both Garden Green and Granny apple Green.  I added the Granny Apple to the areas will the light would be hitting.  I added the garden green to the shadow areas and when finished blended the two together.

I colored the sun or moon which ever you prefer with the crushed curry pencil.   Once all was colored I took the blender pen and moistened the pigment and pulled out the color to get everything flowing.  I will say make sure that your blender pen is clean or you will leave unwanted color on your pieces.

To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment “Be calm and leave it to God” in Balmy Blue on the left hand side of the card.  I made sure to place it between the sun and the heron.  So that we had a more balanced card image.  I added the card front to the card base (Balmy Blue 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2) using Multipurpose liquid glue.  I shifted the card closer to the left side.  So that it would add a little visual interest to the card.  When placing elements slightly off centered it draws the eye.

A Step Above:

For the next card I added the addition of the Lakeside framelits.  The Lakeside Framelits allow you to create beautiful die-cut lakeside sceneries in record time.  Run the wave Framelit through your Big Shot several times to create a full card front texture piece.  Waves can also easily be trimmed for variable height.

I used the wave die on the whisper white piece of this card.  I had to increase the size of the paper to 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 so that it would have enough cardstock on the sides to hold the cards together.  I stamped the same images and colored them the same way, as above.  I then ran them through the Big Shot.  I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of whisper white and used the framelits to cut out the decorative label.  I lined it up to one side and placed it to the right of the card.  Before I lined the card up I used a small piece of the subtles Designer Series Paper pack in Balmy Blue and used my snips to trim out the same shape as the die cut sentiment.  I placed both to the right of the white piece on the same place on the card base.

The card base is the same as I used on the first card.  A 4 1/4 x 11″ piece of Balmy Blue cardstock scored at 5 1/2″.  I placed the card front on the base in the same way as I did on the first card.  Slightly to the left of the card, this time since I increased the card front size a little it takes up a little more space.

A Little More Please:

Everything for the A Little More please card was done the same way, but with a few exceptions.   Instead of adding the whisper white with the wave cut on the front, I created a window card.  To do this all you have to do is take your card base (which is the same size as before) and die cut the waves in the card front.  I added a solid piece of whisper white behind the wave window so that the receiver can not see the message on the inside of the card.  All the coloring and stamping was done exactly the same as with the card above.  The only addition that was made was I took some scraps of Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive cardstock and die cut some well here in the South we call them weeds.  I am sure they have a technically correct name but I don’t know what they are.  I tucked them in front of the heron with a little liquid glue.  To add a little bling to the card I added a few rhinestones around the card front.

Here’s another look at all the cards together.

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you are enjoying this new series.  If you need any of the supplies I used on any of these cards you can pick them up in my online store 24/7.  Lilypad Lake is a wonderful calming set that you can use for many occasions just by changing the sentiments.

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Happy Stampin’

Rick

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