Hi, There, Stampers!
The Playing In The Rain Stamp Set in Stampin’ Up!’s current Mini Catalog made me smile the very first time I saw it. And the little bunny you see in today’s card is my favorite stamp in the set. How can you not look at it and not smile?! I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with the set. But then I saw this fun fold online and knew it was the perfect vehicle for the bunny.
A Quick and Easy Fun Fold
OK, I know I sometimes say “quick and easy” and it may not seem that way to some of you. But, really, this is both. All you do is cut a standard piece of cardstock, 8-1/2″ wide by 8-1/2″ high, score it at 4-1/4″ and then cut from the top of the score down 2-3/4″ (that’s half of 5-1/2″). From that 2-3/4″ point, cut across to one side to cut out what ends up being a 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of cardstock. That’s the piece of cardstock that is adhered vertically to what’s left on the bottom of the card front. That’s all there is to it!
Of course, then you have to add some colorful layers, including the stamped layer.
Decorate With That FREE Designer Series Paper!
In my last article, I introduced you to one of my favorite products in this year’s Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration Brochure. It’s the 48-sheet 12″ x 12″ Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper. And here it is again, this time featuring the Fresh Freesia color that’s one of the main colors in the set. These two prints are on opposite sides of the same double-sided sheet, so I just had to cut one 3-3/4″ wide by 5″ high piece of the paper. I cut the paper 2-3/4″ down from the top, leaving me with a 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece for the top of the inside of the card and a 3-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ piece of the bottom front of the card.
Oh, and there are two pieces of Basic White Cardstock on the card, too. Between the Freesia Cardstock and the Designer Series Paper pieces with the Freesia-colored designs. On the inside of the card, the White cardstock is 4″ wide by 5-1/4″ high. On the front, the White is 4″ wide by 2-1/2″ high.
Coloring the Stamped Image
When it comes to coloring what basically are cartoon characters, I prefer not to do too much shading. That’s what I did for this little critter. But I did use my Stampin’ Blends as I like the way the alcohol markers look on the Basic White cardstock. I colored the bunny using the Ivory marker, the jacket using Freesia and the puddle using Balmy Blue. I really wanted the nose on the bunny to look really pink. So this is one of those rare times that I go searching for something that’s retired but I kept in my stash anyway – the Light Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends marker. It’s a color I really miss and hope Stampin’ Up! will bring back some year. But I digress. Oh, and the White layer on which I stamped is 2-1/2″ wide by 4″ high.
The Rest of the Card
I stamped the raindrops (one of the stamps in the set) using Balmy Blue Classic Ink and the sentiment using the same Memento Tuxedo Black Ink that I used for the outline of the bunny. For the final touch, I added some Fresh Freesia dots from the 2021-2023 In Color Opal Rounds.
Happy Stamping – and Happy Sale-a-brating!