Stampin’ Up! Timeless Tropical Birthday Card with Block Watercolor Stamping for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Welcome to Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop for July! Today we are sharing “Celebrate Summer” projects. You will find links at the bottom of my post to hop you along the way to the other projects. Be sure to visit them all to see how each team member interpreted the theme. I hope you will enjoy what I made for you!

I used the Timeless Tropical Cling Stamp Set from the 2021 -2022 Annual Catalog (page 21) to make this Summer birthday card.  For me, nothing says summer more than a “beachy” sunset. The card is quite simple (no die cuts, embossing or Stampin’ Dimensionals) with the wow factor being the block watercolor stamping technique on Shimmer White Cardstock.  

The Paper Cuts

  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ (card base)
  • Shimmer White Cardstock: two 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel (front and inside)
  • Basic Black Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (front layer)

The Creating

I began by inking a size D Clear Block with a layer of Bumblebee Ink, Calypso Coral Ink and Misty Moonlight Ink. I then spritzed it with water from a Stampin’ Spritzer. Tip: I recommend holding the spritzer about 12″ from the block. You want to saturate the ink until it breaks up a little, but not so wet it runs. I pressed the block with the colors firmly on one of the Shimmer White panels. I hit it with my Heat Tool on the low setting to speed up the drying process. It needs to be completely dry before stamping the palm trees image in Tuxedo Black Ink.

I stamped the front sentiment and the inside sentiment as well as the palm trees on the inside panel and the Medium Basic White Envelope. I repeated the watercolor block stamping with a size H Clear Block to the inside panel. I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the layers to the card base. The Take Your Pick Tool putty tip was super handy to add three Matte Black Dots for embellishment.

I hope you will give this technique a try if you haven’t already. It’s fun and no two are alike. If you notice, this one has some watercolor speckles (they don’t show up much in the photos, but they are Calypso Coral and are quite nice on the actual card front).

Alright, on with the hop!  Click on the Next Blog button to move forward to Akiko Sudano‘s project or the Previous Blog button to skip back to see what Jillian Good created for today.

  1. Tara Carpenter
  2. Jamie Babarczy
  3. Mary Deatherage
  4. Karen Ksenzakovic
  5. Karen Finkle
  6. Terry Lynn Bright
  7. Jillian Good
  8. Donna Leonard: You are Here
  9. Akiko Sudano
  10. Amy Koenders

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12 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Timeless Tropical Birthday Card with Block Watercolor Stamping for Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

  1. Akiko Sudano July 13, 2021 / 1:48 pm

    Beautiful Donna! Your colors are just amazing! 😊


  2. Stamps-N-Lingers July 13, 2021 / 8:16 am

    Oh my gosh! When your card popped up I was instantly transported back to Maui! WONDERFUL job with that sky!! Wow!


  3. stampwithamyk July 13, 2021 / 7:44 am

    That’s awesome Donna! Love the way that you created the sunset background, perfect with your palm tree image!! 🙂


  4. Susan K July 13, 2021 / 7:29 am

    Wow, Donna! Your beachy sunset is gorgeous! I’m impressed—your colors are so even and perfect! Great job!


  5. Karen Ksenzakovic July 13, 2021 / 7:17 am

    Your card is absolutely stunning Donna 🙂 I LOVE everything about it!!


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