Sending You Hugs with Lovely Words

Today’s card showcases another sneak peek of the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and the coordinating Lovely Words thinlits dies with an easy ombre watercoloring technique!

To get the ombre watercoloring effect, you simply pick 3 colors that range from light to dark and apply the ink pads directly to a clear block – I used Clear Block I.

  • Start by pressing the lightest color ink pad to the bottom 1/3 of the clear block
  • Then, press the medium color ink pad to the middle (it will cover more than the middle 1/3, but that’s okay)
  • Then, press the darkest color ink pad to the top 1/3 (it will cover the portion of the medium color that was more than 1/3)
  • Then, lightly spritz your clear block using a Stampin’ Spritzer to water down the colors a little
  • Finally, stamp your clear block right onto the cardstock – Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White, which is what I used, works best!
    • If you have a little too much water on the paper, gently dab it with a paper towel, but start with dabbing the lightest color first!

No two cards will look alike and this is SO easy to do! Makes me feel like a watercolor artist (hee hee!). I flicked some Night of Navy ink onto the card using a Stampin’ Write marker.

“Sending you” comes from the new Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and the die cut “hugs” comes from the new Lovely Words thinlits – both of which will be available June 1 at a bundled price. “Hugs” is part of a larger die cut, but I cut out the word to add to my card. These thinlits also work perfectly with our layering framelits (Circles, Ovals, Sweet & Sassy, and Stitched Shapes). Versatility!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Night of Navy card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″ (or folded in half)
  • Marina Mist layer: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″
  • Shimmery White layer: 3-3/4″ x 5″
Color Combination (click on any color to shop online):
Supplies (click on any product to shop online):

AVAILABLE JUNE 1, 2017: Lovely Inside & Out Bundle (Wood-Mount – 145323; Clear-Mount – 145324), Lovely Inside & Out Stamp Set (Wood-Mount – 144008; Clear-Mount – 144011), Lovely Words Thinlits (143733)


From May 1-31, get your hands on the colorful and exotic products from the Eastern Palace Suite before they’re released in the 2017-2018 annual catalog! Available in two exclusive bundles that are perfect for beginner (Starter bundle) or avid (Premier bundle) crafters!


Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off! All retiring items will be discontinued May 31. Retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last. Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed until May 22 and then they will be while supplies last. So, don’t delay! Be sure to place your order before these items retire on May 31!


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