Posted in Project, Technique

A Stand Up Card for a Stand Up Friend

Hee Hee! I couldn’t resist making this card into an easel card.

Stamp set: Painted Poppies, The Gang’s All Meer (SAB)

Ink: Gray Granite, Gray Granite marker, Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black marker

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Fluid 100 Watercolor paper

Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly dies, Rectangles stitched dies, Aqua painter

I wasn’t originally intending to make this an easel card. You could literally hear the brakes squealing as I quickly changed how I was going to make the card front. Really! I had the glue on the back of the whole front image, when I realized that an easel card would be perfect. Five minutes later, I had glue off the parts that would pop up, and I could continue putting together the card.

I didn’t add the inside stop for the easel yet, because I didn’t know for what kind of occasion this would be used. I did stamp the little dude that is sticking his head out of the ground. I could just add a strip next to him when needed.

This was a pretty fun project to color. I dabbed a bit of ink onto an acrylic block and used the Aqua Painter to quickly add color. I had to add squiggles and dots under the meerkat and lizard, to match the ground under the cactus. I used a Basic Black marker to draw in their pupils. The sky is a really dilute wash of Pool Party. I was surprised at how smoothly the color went down. Our old watercolor paper would have sucked it up quickly, making it splotchy. I didn’t have to pre-wet the paper, either.

I didn’t use Staz-on ink for my watercoloring, did you notice? I didn’t use a whole lot of water, so there wasn’t a lot of bleeding. (I like using Gray Granite for my outline stamping.)

I used two of the three lines in one of the sentiments from The Gang’s All Meer for my card. I used the Stamparatus to stamp one line at a time, so that I could get the two lines all together on one skinny strip. Love the combo of fonts, don’t you?

Did you notice? I used the blob stamp from Painted Poppies to make the background for my focal image. Tee Hee!

It’s way faster and easier to make a watercolor-like background than doing a watercolor wash.


A stamper that also fell in love with paper over 20 years ago. That love affair has never really ended. Oh, and I'm happily married and work a crazy schedule.

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