The vision for this card came into my head as I was heading off to the Land of Nod on Friday night. I was pondering if one of the Watercolor Shapes would be sized well to work with an image in the Dainty Delight set. I had a busy weekend, so I didn’t get to try my vision until yesterday afternoon. I have to say that I’m really enjoying how this creation turned out. I’ve been sharing a number of cards lately that include a lot of die-cutting, and it’s a nice break to do a “Stamps, Ink and Paper (SIP)” card. With some pretty patterned paper, and great stamp images, you can create some really pretty cards. Not everything has to be super-involved to be stunning.

I actually made a batch of these cards so I can send some out to share some card love. I used the Stamparatus to align all of the images and get consistent stamping for the whole batch. And one of the big advantages of any stamp positioning tool is that it allows you to re-stamp an image that has light sections, which happened with a few of the flower images. I was cautious when I inked because I didn’t want to smash the ink into the stamp and get it on the edges, leading to the dreaded “ghosting” around the outside.

One of the sources of inspiration for my card is this current challenge from the Tic, Tac Toe Challenge designers. I chose the middle column: Pastel Colors, Flowers and Spring Theme. I was a little generous in my interpretation of the challenge because I have 1 pastel color (not plural) and the sentiment on my card is the piece for the Spring Theme element. I didn’t go too far astray, and I feel good about the challenge. I can’t wait to see what rows, columns or diagonals other creators pick – the variety is always amazing!

I love it when challenges align! My vision that I had was a Clean and Simple (CAS) card, and I’m so happy that’s the current theme for The Paper Players. I really think that this card fits the challenge very well, and I’m looking forward to see what other folkz come up with. The cards from the designers are certainly gorgeous and inspirational!

Edited 26-Mar-2023: I’m super excited to share that I just discovered that my card was selected among the runners up in the two challenges that I submitted it to. Woot woot! It is a huge honor to be selected, and I’m flattered to be sharing the honors with some fantastic creators. This gives me the juice to participate in some more challenges, so stay tuned!

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