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Hello, crafty people. Today’s card features a unique stamp set that was offered exclusively to subscribers of Paper Pumpkin. To celebrate three years and one million kits shipped of Paper Pumpkin, Stampin’ Up! designed this wonderful set full of great sentiments and artistic floral images.

Global Design Project GDP033

The color palette for this card comes from the Global Design Project color challenge #GDP033. We are using Night of Navy, Calypso Coral and Sahara Sand. With a great combination like this, and so many possibilities, I can’t wait to see what you come with.

For my card today, I created a simple card with an easy technique that you can use for all types of occasions. The best part is that it takes so few supplies and little time. I hope you’ll give it try.


First, I stamped a large flower image with Calypso Coral ink on watercolor paper. I rotated the image to add a little variety and staggered it down the left side of the page. Then three or four sprays of water using a Stampin’ Spritzer gave the images a watercolored look.

While I waited for the water to dry, I worked on the card base. I used Sahara Sand cardstock to create an A2-sized card and stamped some leaves from the stamp set in the Sahara Sand ink. I kept those images to the right of the card.

After the watercolor image dried, I arranged two sentiments from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set for my greeting. It is stamped in Night of Navy ink. The watercolor piece is glued directly on the card base with multi-purpose glue.

A knot of Linen Thread adds a finishing touch and coordinates with Sahara Sand nicely. Pretty easy, huh?

That’s all for today, but I hope you’ll take some time this week and play along with Global Design Project. We love seeing all of your projects and it’s a great way to share and get new ideas.

Come back later this week for more Paper Pumpkin inspiration. If you would like to try Paper Pumpkin, follow the link to the right of my blog and subscribe. It’s fun, inexpensive and a great little surprise each month.

If you’d rather, you may also click the links below and try it out for just 1, 3 or 6 months. These short subscriptions also make a great gift for a friend. The kits include everything you need to make something amazing, including instructions, stamps, ink and pre-cut paper. Give it a shot.


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  • Reply Brian

    This is such a great card, Shawn! I do love this stamp set – you’ve paired it perfectly with these colors.

    April 30, 2016 at 4:01 pm
    • Reply Shawn

      Thanks, Brian.

      May 5, 2016 at 1:43 am
  • Reply krista frattin

    I need to bust this technique out again. Its been ages and I love it!

    April 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply Shawn

      It’s so easy to do and I love the effect.

      May 5, 2016 at 1:44 am
  • Reply Cheryll Miller

    This is my favourite card from the designer’s line up this week Shawn! Gorgeous! xx

    April 27, 2016 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Steffi ❤ Stempelwiese

    wow, your card is perfect. I love it ❤︎

    April 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Clare McDonnell

    This is such a pretty card, a great technique and so effective!! I will definitely be trying this out!

    April 27, 2016 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Bibi

    I adore this card and this post. You are so sweet Shawn. 🙂 x hugs from Scotland

    April 25, 2016 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Paula Dobson

    I love this CAS card Shawn. Stamping down the side of a card is a personal favourite of mine to “shoosh” up an otherwise flat background, and this just brings your card to life. I wish we had Paper Pumpkin in New Zealand!

    April 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply kimjolley

    Perfection. Love your work!

    April 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Lynn Hoyt

    Shawn, this is such a beautiful card, but looks so CAS and doable. I love the watercolor effect, and that stamping down the side was a fabulous idea! I’m going to have to try that.

    April 25, 2016 at 10:27 am
  • Reply ~amy~

    super pretty!

    April 25, 2016 at 10:25 am
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