I received the new catalog when I was at the Savannah On Stage event back in April. After they handed out the catalogs, they gave us a few minutes to pore through it and ooh and ahh over all the new things. Every so often you would hear an outburst when someone discovered something that they were excited about. I let out a loud cheer when I discovered that glossy cardstock was BACK! There are so many fantastic techniques that you can do with glossy cs, and I now I can share them with you again. And I immediately thought of my friend Becky who was so bummed when the glossy cardstock was retired a few years ago. I was so excited to tell her that it was back again!

I featured the crayon resist technique on this card at the June stamp club gathering. It is really easy to do, but glossy cardstock is an absolute requirement in order to pull it off. In fact, this card was so easy that we finished up our club meeting for the month in record time! Here are the steps so you can have fun with crayons and glossy cardstock:

  1. Stamp line art images on the glossy cardstock with Basic Black ink (or StazOn if you have it).
  2. Add highlights to the image using a light colored crayon – I used a pale yellow one when I did the sample. A white crayon is ideal, but it can be a little difficult to see where you’ve added highlights until you are applying the ink (which is too late).
  3. Add colors in a circular motion using a sponge dauber for each color. Blend the colors into each other where they meet so that the full panel is colored.
  4. Wipe off the top with a paper towel to get any residual ink that may be hanging out.
  5. Use your artwork panel in a project like you would use patterned papers.

I used this old color challenge that you see here for the design of this card. In case you couldn’t guess, it originally came out in the Halloween zone of the year. But – purple and orange flowers with green leaves seems like a great color combination in the spring/summer, too. I noticed that several of the designers on this old challenge made non-Halloween cards with the color scheme, so I decided to go with it.

And I used this oh-so-versatile sketch as the layout. There was a special challenge on the blog site when this sketch challenge was active because it is the 200th one. So many different companies offered “swag” to challenge participants to celebrate this big milestone for the blog site. I’m proud to say that Stampin’ Up! was one of the sponsors – because they are simply awesome. I do really like this simple sketch because I think it is so easy to create something with this layout. I have revisted this one before, and I’m sure that I’ll do so again and again.

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