ODBD April Release!

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Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs April Release! We have some fabulous images & dies for you this month!

Prize Information: – 

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the “stamps column” of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until April 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

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For my first card, I made a background on water color paper using Distress Inks, a water spritzer & a teflon craft sheet. I smooshed one ink color onto the mat, spritzed,  then lightly pressed the paper to it. After drying the one color, I wiped off the mat and proceeded to the next color. I used 3 harmonious colors in all & the reason I did it one at a time & dried in between was to layer the colors and not have them all run together. I like the way the background reminds me of a rainy day, but with happier colors. I die cut it and used the outermost die from the Flourished Star Pattern die to cut the pierced layer behind it. The umbrella & umbrella topper were die cut from 4 colors of card stock & the Happy die was cut from 2 of the colors and stacked, offset. I used it to replace the Happy in the greeting & used a stamp positioner to rearrange the rest of the wording.

The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 & here’s a look at the inside:
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – April Showers, Showers of Blessings
Paper: white, water color, lt blue, cobalt blue, lt green, aqua
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress Inks evergreen bough, tumbled glass, broken china
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star PatternHappy Birthday, Clouds & Raindrops, Umbrellas, Layered Lacey Squares diesSpellbinders A2 matting basics A&B dies, SAMJ, teflon craft sheet

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My second card also started with water color paper, but this time I used actual water colors on it along w/ some metallic gold & white acrylic paints.
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When I saw this greeting in the How Great Thou Art set, I kept picturing a swirling galaxy of stars so that was the look I was trying to achieve. I wanted to splatter some masking fluid on the background first, but found mine had totally dried up. So I watered down a little white acrylic paint & splattered it first & after it dried I did several water color washes using different shades of blue. After drying it w/ my heat gun, I splattered a little more white & a little gold on top & used a small paint brush to add some swaths of gold here & there. I used a metallic brushed gold card stock to die cut the Vintage Flourish frame & also the stars. The greeting was heat embossed & die cut in a circle to add on top of the large star. Here’s a different view showing how shimmery it all looks w/ the gold highlights.
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And the inside of the card:
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – How Great Thou Art
Paper: water color, metallic brushed gold
Ink:  Versacolor midnight pigment ink, Memento blue danube (inside)
Accessories: ODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern, Sparkling StarsLayered Lacey Squares (inside) dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A&B & circle dies, water colors, Cobalt Tapestry embossing powder, white & metallic gold acrylic paint

Please be sure to visit & comment on all the DT blogs for your chance to win!

Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Lori *

 Angie * Chris * Grace *Silke * Wanda * 

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
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46 Responses to ODBD April Release!

  1. Avatar Sabrina
    Sabrina says:

    Those are both beautiful, Julie! I loved the colours and fun umbrella in the first one when I saw it on the ODBD blog, but oh my – the mix of metallics with the watercolour in the starry one is AMAZING. I’ll have to try something like that.

  2. Julie!!! Both are SO AWESOME!!! Love the background techniques and gorgeous colors on both! Super clever designs!! HUGS!!

  3. Avatar Lorraine Brandt
    Lorraine Brandt says:

    Beautiful vibrant colors in the first card really caught my attention when I first saw it on the ODBD blog! Such a warm happy feeling today when it still feels like winter in my area.

  4. Julie both of your card are beautiful and work so well with the verses and sentiments! Very inspiring!!
    Ginny M

  5. Simply gorgeous! Your magical backgrounds really showcase the new stamps!

  6. Such beautiful work. The insides are just as artful as the fronts.

  7. What beautiful cards, such beautiful designs.

  8. Avatar Cathymac
    Cathymac says:

    Brilliant designs, Julie! Love the watercolored background on the first card, and the swirling sky on the second is amazing…love the gold! Fabulous release projects featuring the new products! Hugs!

  9. “You Are My Sunshine.” “You make me Happy when skies are gray.”
    Yes, indeed, the blue and green colors are happy rainy colors. This is the song my mother-in-law sang to my husband when he was a boy – this card is such a special reminder of a beautiful memory 🙂 Thank you for this creation!

  10. What a different way of making a card love the background.

  11. Love your cards, Julie. That umbrella one is awesome!

  12. Avatar Marsha D
    Marsha D says:

    These are just beautiful. Love all these die cuts. And the insides are just as nice as the outsides! Gorgeous backgrounds.


  14. Amazing! Always amazing! Love the little “happy” overlay!

  15. Both cards are fabulous inside and out!

  16. Very nice cards! I especially like how you used different shades of blue on the umbrella.

  17. Beautiful cards. Love the umbrella die.

  18. Beautiful and very soothing colors. Very professional looking card. Love the different colors used on the umbrella.

  19. July, your primary card is so cute! Love you you tucked the umbrella into the text! But I am really wowed by the watercolor background on the second card … amazing!

  20. Both of these cards are so amazing. The water coloring is so well done! Great inspiration here.

  21. I love your cards! Your backgrounds add to the images.

  22. Great cards! Love your inspiration.

  23. Beautiful and fun designs!!! Love your use of the new dies and stamps. Hugs, Gracie.

  24. Avatar Joan VanCourt
    Joan VanCourt says:

    Wow, these are so beautiful. There is so much beautiful detail on both cards. Truly inspirational.

  25. Both of your creations are beautiful Julie!! I just love the backgrounds you created and the array and layering of dies! You are so creative!!

  26. Julie I always love what you do with color! Your top card is just beautiful with the bg you created! Love that you used the star die for the second one. I had thought of that too but with your gold accents against the blue it is stunning!!!

  27. Avatar Jo Anna
    Jo Anna says:

    What awesome cards, especially the second one. LOVE how you did the backgrounds on both cards, which fit the “scenes” perfectly. Great job.

  28. Oooh, both cards are wonderful! Love the inky look on the first one. Neat idea to dry the paper between colors. I never thought of that when I’ve done that technique. I’ll definitely have to give that a try. And the galaxy look on your other card–beautiful!!! I’ll bet it looks even shinier in real life. Thanks so much for sharing this inspiration! Hope you have an awesome day! ~ Andrea

  29. Wonderful cards, love those beautiful backgrounds.

  30. Avatar Alicia M
    Alicia M says:

    Beautiful distress ink backgound. Thanks for sharing the instructions too!

  31. Avatar Laurie Black
    Laurie Black says:

    The watercolor backgrounds are so pretty, thanks for the instructions – I will be trying these techniques. Beautiful cards.

  32. What an awesome job you did on designing your cards. What an inspirationl message they send. Beautiful colors!

  33. Avatar Linda Carson
    Linda Carson says:

    Beautiful artwork Julie! Absolutely love the backgrounds and creative designs!! Really beautiful!

  34. Julie, these are so pretty with the watercolor backgrounds. Love the dies you used and how you coordinated the insides, too.

  35. Absolutely stunning Julie. I love your watercolor techniques – the separation/distinction of the colors on the first, and the amazing swirling galaxy feel on the second. Both are just breathtaking – no way to chose a fav for me!! Blessings!

  36. Love them both, neat way to combine the clouds and umbrella, love your starry sky in the background of the second card and both insides are wonderful!

  37. Wowzers….where to start! I love how your minds works when creating! Love the backgrounds you created, the split sentiment and the word die!! finishing the insides as well…note to self… DO IT!!
    Beautiful work, Julie!

  38. Julie, as always you ROCKED this release…love your creative designs! Hugs ~S~

  39. Avatar Regena Waldner
    Regena Waldner says:

    Beautiful cards!! very creative

  40. Beautiful cards love the layering and the colors the sentiments are perfect. thanks for sharing

  41. Both beautifully colored cards!! Especially love that umbrella, clouds, and raindrops!!

  42. Julie, your cards are both gorgeous – inside and out! Love the way you used the happy die as part of the sentiment and the starry sky is such an awesome background!

  43. Such lovely cards! I love the blues and the neat backgrounds, Great job!

  44. Your cards are amazing! I love the cute umbrella and coordinating dies. And How Great Thou Art is a very special hymn…your shimmery star and sky is perfect!

  45. Avatar Deb Heinritz
    Deb Heinritz says:

    I just love this new release! I ordered the bundle this morning and it shipped this afternoon. I can’t wait until it arrives. Whohoo!!

  46. Awesome cards, Julie! Such fun and creativity!!