Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Puddle Play - Hello Bluebird

Hi!  I have a slimline card featuring all the cuties from Puddle Play by Hello Bluebird Stamps

A slimline card gives you so much more 'real estate' to work with to build your scenes and get all those characters and elements in that you love!   Finished size is 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.  Panel cut at 8.2 x 3.2 inches.  Envelopes for this size are easily sourced and are called slimline, invitation, #9 and size 9.

I used a Clarity Stencil Brush to ink blend my gray background using Distress Ink in Weathered wood.  I die cut the clouds without stamping them from the stamp set and ink blended them too.  I stamped some of the water splashes upside down to become raindrops using Memento Ink in Fog.  I backed my panel with craft foam and applied it to the card base.  The craft foam backing means that your card makes it through the postal system in much better shape especially when you have embellishments such as I have on this card.

I stamped my images using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil on to Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I watercolour painted the images using the following colours.  Kuretake Zigs in Gray Brown 094, Bright Yellow 052 and Light Pink 026.  Also Tombow ABT in 020.  I die cut all the elements and highlighted some points with a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen.  I decided on a layout then adhered everything using dimensional foam tape - making sure all my characters were interacting with one another to tell a story.

To finish out the card I stamped the sentiment with the same Fog ink onto a sentiment strip and backed it with foam mounting tape and adhered.  Embellishments needed to be water droplets and so I used 4 different sizes to add some fun dimension to the card.

I hope you like this encouragement card and feel inspired.

Thanks for stopping by - happy crafting!

Nicky x


  1. Such a sweet and charming scene, Nicky. I really like your use of the soft color palette and how you create such delightful scenes. Where do you get your envelopes? I agree you have lots of room to create wonderful scenes at this size. :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Are you in the US Jeanne? I get my envelopes from Hobby Lobby where they call them Size 9 envelopes and have them in white and kraft brown. If you want a bigger choice of colours then I get them from where I search for '#9 regular'. You don't want ugly office/business style envelopes and so these are my favourite choices as discovered thus far! Any struggle - let me know and I'll help you further xx

  2. Oh gosh, yes I live in Colorado! I have a couple of Hobby Lobby stores near me. How fun to know they are close! Thank you so much!