Best Friends

Hello Everybody!

I thought I would share with you a quick and easy friendship card using the sketch from the Paper Smooches Sparks Designer’s Draft challenge.


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I really like the cute little kite stamp by Paper Smooches, and have used that as the focal image on my card for today. I stamped it in Jet Black StazOn ink onto my card panel (made from watercolor paper), as well as on a separate piece of watercolor paper, before beginning to add my color.


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I began by coloring in the sky of my image with a light wash of Peacock Feathers distress ink. Once dry, I then came back to the sky with a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil and some Faded Jeans distress ink, and applied a light set of polka dots to the background, keeping them in the general right area of the panel.

Next, I applied some Ranger Texture Paste to the clouds with a paintbrush; the reason I chose to work with the paste for coloring in the clouds on my image is because I really like the way it resembles a cloud’s puffy texture, and it adds a lot more interest to the card, rather than a flat color medium.


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The kite is colored with watercolor  pencils and blended with a Dove blender pen before fussy cutting and adhering to the card panel with foam tape. I also added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the kite, kite bows, and polka dots for a bit of shimmer.

The sentiment on both the front and the inside are made with a combination of stamps from the Paper Smooches “Scripty Sayings” set and the Elle’s Studio “Fun in the Sun” stamp set. I love how the two sets pair so well together to create some fun sentiments! :)


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The kite panel is layered on a piece of white cardstock before adhering it to my polka dot kraft A2 card with foam tape and a golden yellow ribbon is laid along the right side of the card for a pop of extra color.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card, and thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out today’s Workshop Wednesday post, where I’m featuring some more colored penciling, plus a few fun tips on how to get some great effects with your coloring!

Happy Creating!



This card is submitted to the Paper Smooches “Designer’s Draft” challenge, the Simon Says Stamp “Up in the Clouds” Monday challenge and the Kraft Journal “CAS Made in Minutes” challenge.

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8 Responses

  1. OMG OMG OMG!! I LOVE you this card SO MUCH!! Such a FUN Design and all of the texture is just AMAZING!! ;) THANKS for joining us for the Paper Smmoches SPARKS Challenge and I hope you’ll join us again this week!! ;) Have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

  2. Mandy says:

    Gorgeous card! I love the colours & design :)

  3. Lori says:

    Gorgeous! Love the fluffy clouds and the soft background. They really set off the bold kite image. Thanks for joining us at Paper Smooches SPARKS!

  4. Valentyna says:

    OMG! Nina-Maria, your coloring is really something :) I love everything about this card. Kite, puffy clouds, kite string!!!

  5. Tricia Ann says:

    This is so bright and cheerful. I love the way you finished the clouds. They look flocked.

  6. ~Tammy~ says:

    Your card is amazing! Love all the details added to this darling CAS make. Thank you for joining and sharing with us at The Kraft Journal.

  7. Erum says:

    I love this! I wish I could make awesome CAS cards too!

  8. meihsialiu says:

    Your card is gorgeous! Love the cute image and the beautiful colors. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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