For this card I decided to go with a SIP approach. If you haven’t heard it before, the acronym SIP stands for Stamps, Ink, and Paper. I added some retired dots for embellishment so it isn’t a pure SIP card, but it’s pretty darned close. I typically use embossing folders, ribbons, punches, and dies when I make my cards and I find it difficult to simplify and limit my supplies. The nice thing about SIP cards is that they are readily mailable. The addition of my dots still should go through the mail ok, but there is a risk that they cause the envelope to get beat up a bit in the automated mail sorters.

I did use a technique for my SIP card that isn’t obvious in the finished product. I used masking paper to cover the fruits to create a layered look to the stamp images. First I started with masks for the 2 kiwi slices when I stamped the raspberry. Then, I added a mask for the berry when I added the Daffodil Delight splatter background. If you haven’t tried masking, it is a great tool to have if you want to create multi-stamped images. I encourage you to check it out!

This current sketch challenge was the inspiration for my card design. I thought for a while about using some cardstock and diecuts to create the design and I have some great options. Then I remembered that I have the Hello Kiwi stamp set and I hadn’t created with it yet. The sliced kiwi pieces seemed like the perfect way to honor the sketch and use these stamps. And I always like it when I’m able to use stamps that haven’t seen ink!

This color challenge was absolutely perfect for my fruity card design! The raspberry has a hint of purple along with pink, but I think it still “meets the brief” (as they say in the British TV shows that I love. I love these bright, cheery colors and they are perfect for a pick-me-up card as we are moving into dreary mud season here in VT.

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