This might be one of my favorite sympathy/encouragement card I've ever put together. It was all inspired by the fabulous new Weather Together bundle from the annual catalogue (p. 55). There are so many great pieces in the stamp set and matching Framelits that I see a lot of fabulous creations with those items in the future. I also seem to have a thing for umbrellas as I've always picked the umbrella or characters with umbrella images when I shop. Not sure why - maybe because they can be made colorful?
Anyway, this was one of the first thing I put on my mental first-order list when I first saw the catalogue. Then seeing the wonderful soft color combo from ColourQ #350 this week made me reach for this set. I was looking for a card sketch to go with it and finally found one I really liked in the July Card Maps sketches.
I used the Festive embossing folder on the background, because the vertical lines could mimick raindrops. I pulled out So Saffron Designer Series Paper from a retired paper stack and used the front of the paper for the main block and the backside for the scallop border. I placed the two cloud Framelits on the Saffron paper to cut out frames. Then, I stamped the cloud images on a scrap of Shimmery White cardstock (FYI: this paper is thick enough to watercolor on, and it takes ink beautifully) in Basic Grey Archival ink and watercolored the clouds using Pool Party ink and a blending pen. Then, I put a few Stampin' Dimensionals around the clouds and placed the cloud images underneath, lining it up with the cloud windows. The Shimmery White cardstock was used for the umbrella as well so that I could watercolor the middle part of the umbrella in So Saffron ink. I stamped both sides with the polka dot image, and I embossed the cute border found in the Framelits set at the bottom.
You can have a look at the video Stampin' Up! put together to see all of the pieces the stamp set and Framelits include. It does more than cut out the main shapes! You'll also see at the end to tip to lining up the clouds like I did on my card:
Colour Combo: Blushing Bride + So Saffron + Pool Party + Old Olive
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Contre vents et marées (Weather Together)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pool Party, Shimmery White
Designer Series Paper Stack: Subtles
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Grey, Pool Party, So Saffron, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies, Project Life Corner Punch, White Medium Envelope,
Metal Rimmed Pearls, Blending Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder,
Blushing Bride 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, 2" Circle Punch