Countdown to New Catalogue - Day 3


Thanks for visiting today! I hope you’ve been visiting and commenting each day this week; everyone who comments daily is entered to win a prize at the end of the week! Since illness is preventing me from holding my annual new catalogue kick off party this coming weekend, this is how I’m sharing with you!

Each day I’m sharing a new project (Tuesday through Friday). These are projects that I had made to share at my party. All you have to do is leave a comment on each post, so I know that you visited. On the weekend, I’ll do a draw for a lucky winner (or two).

Today I’m sharing another card made with the Lilypad Lake. I was inspired by a card made by a talented U.S. demonstrator named Jenny Hall. You know I love playing with my inks, and this technique uses the Sponge Brayer and Glossy Cardstock.


Countdown to New Catalogue - Day 3

The main focus of this card, of course is the sunset background, which is set off by the silhouettes of the heron and grasses.


First, cut a panel from Glossy White cardstock. At the bottom, stamp the water image from the Lilypad Lake stamp set in Versamark ink. You do not have to add any embossing powder; either allow it to air dry, or heat set it with the Heat Tool.

Now you’re ready to create your scene. I found it easiest to tap my ink pads directly onto my Silicone Craft Sheet, and pick up the ink from there with my Sponge Brayer. By going from lightest colour to darkest, there’s no need to clean or switch to a new sponge roller in between colours. You can simply ‘roll off’ any excess colour onto your Grid Paper.

From top to bottom, the colours brayered onto the Glossy cardstock are Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Pool Party and Blueberry Bushel. Remember to start adding the colour with your Sponge Brayer off the cardstock – add lightly, then go back and add more colour for more depth and contrast. The Blueberry Bushel is added more towards the sides, to create a highlight in the middle of the water.

The Versamark ink that was used to stamp the water resists picking up the ink applied by the brayer. You can use a paper towel to wipe off a bit of the ink, as well.

After you’re happy with your background, now it’s time to die cut the images. Use the Big Shot and the Lakeside Framelits to die cut the heron and 3 grasses, from Basic Black cardstock.  Attach them on top of your inked background, with Mini Glue Dots; I find they’re the easiest to use with the thinness of the die cuts.

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the Lilypad Lake set in Blueberry Bushel ink. Die cut it with the Big Shot and the smaller of the label framelits in the Lakeside Framelits dies.

Create a card base of Blueberry Bushel cardstock. Add a panel of Grapefruit Grove cardstock on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Now add your image panel with more Dimensionals. Finish off your card by adding the die cut sentiment.

Countdown to New Catalogue - Day 3

Creating your own backgrounds can be so fun, and rewarding! I hope you’ll give it a try 🙂 Where I live, we’re fortunate to live close to a lake, and this scene reminds me of visits there. We have all kinds of ducks, Canada geese of course, and herons who make their homes at the lake, along with different types of fish and turtles. We’re very lucky to have this wonderful nature so close to us!


You can order your basic supplies now, but some of the colours and of course this stamp set and dies are not available until this Friday, June 1st. Good thing it’s only a few days away! Also a good thing – you can purchase the Lilypad Lake Bundle, and save 10% off the combined prices!

Click on the product images below to order through my online store. And remember to leave a comment each day, so you’ll be entered to win a prize this weekend!


Countdown to New Catalogue - Day 3

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

6 thoughts on “Countdown to New Catalogue – Day 3

    1. Thanks, Susan! We get lots of these great sunsets around here, don’t we? 🙂

    1. Glad you liked my sunset card, Marguerite! It’s fun to layer the colours, and easy with the brayer.

    1. Thanks, Susan! It’s been a while since I used the brayer; I forgot how much fun it is 🙂

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