A Fond Farewell to Simply Stars and Perfectly Penned

Continuing on with my theme for the week, I am featuring some products that are included on Stampin’ Up’s retiring list that I am sad to see go.  Today I’m paying my respects to Simply Stars and Perfectly Penned.

Watercolored Star BirthdayI tried a technique that’s new to me.  My goal was to create an ombre watercolor effect.  I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and four ink pads — Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Pool Party.

I used a sponge dauber and my Island Indigo ink pad and swiped the right side of the card stock from top to bottom.  I repeated this process about 1/4 of the way across the card, swiping more or the very right side to give it a slightly darker hue.  Then I repeated this process with the Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Pool Party inks, blending them a little between each color with the sponge dauber.

I then took a clean paintbrush and dipped it in water.  I then lightly touched it against my newly colored ombre card stock, leaving larger pools of water where I wanted larger splats.  The water does all of the work for you.

After this dried, I embossed the sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss powder.  I stamped the stars with Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry inks and popped them up with dimensionals.  I think this would make a great guy card.

I’m not usually a “technique” kind of girl, but this was really fun, and I’ll be trying it again with some different colors.

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4 thoughts on “A Fond Farewell to Simply Stars and Perfectly Penned

  1. Hi Amy! This is SO pretty! I love your dreamy shades of blue and how the water stains the paper. Such an awesome look! The stars really pop in the colors you chose as well. Wish this set was still available but it’s gone. You better hold on tight to that set! You know, the background on your card would be perfect for some of the nautical sets to. ; )

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