Serendipity May Blog Hop #1!

Welcome to the May #1 Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps!

The Prize – One $20 gift code will go to one random commenter from the blogs. So be sure  to visit all the blogs because you don’t know which one the winner will be drawn from. You have through Sunday May 6 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will announce a winner on May 7 on her Blog. On the first & third Wednesdays of every month, we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop! The Special this month is the Petunias stamp – 50% off! 

This is also for the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC648) & THIS was my inspiration.

To make my card, I used a background I made quite a while ago. It’s a technique I learned around 1999 (yikes!). Easy & fun to do. All you need is white glossy or semi-glossy card stock (it needs to have a coated surface) & art tissue that bleeds when wet. Not all tissue paper will do this, so check what you have first. I have some Spectra Art tissue & I know it bleeds so that’s what I used. Pick some colors you like but be aware that contrasting colors (like red & green) will make brown. Tear some pieces & place them on your card stock then mist it w/ water. Wait a minute or two then remove the tissue & let it dry. You want to leave the tissue on long enough to bleed the color onto the c/s but not long enough to dry there, or it will stick. 

After it dried, I placed it into my Misti & stamped the mailbox image on top. I wanted it a bit darker so I coated it w/ black embossing powder & heated. I used a white Posca paint pen to add the white dots to the flowers & border around it.

Here’s a look at the inside.

Please be sure to comment on all the is much appreciated & also increases your chances of winning! 

Mary’s Blog

Christine Alexander (guest designer)

Beth Chiu (off this week)

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Miriam Napier 

Marybeth Lopez

Vickie Zimmer 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps: Mailbox w/ WildflowerThinking of YouPostoid Set (inside: Happy Birthday)
Paper:  Staples 110# white, Neenah white linen, semi-glossy (white coated cardboard)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:   Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, white Posca paint pen, detail black embossing powder, tissue paper


16 Responses to Serendipity May Blog Hop #1!

  1. Avatar Miriam Napier
    Miriam Napier says:

    Love this card and background tissue technique Julie!

  2. Avatar Michel Espey
    Michel Espey says:

    Great card. Love the patina look.

  3. I love this mailbox stamp! A great background shows it off perfectly. Love the effect you have achieved here.

  4. Wow that background on the mailboxes looks amazing! I was going to use that stamp but couldn’t find it! Love the inside of your card too, always !

  5. I did not know about that technique! It reminded me of the evening of my wedding – it had rained and I brushed against wet streamers and saw the color bled against the bottom of my dress! Oh well – at least it was at the end of the party! LOVE this card and especially your bit of white highlights and your combination of the images from the Postoid Stamp set with the Mailbox stamp!

  6. beautiful background Julie, so effective with your outline image. Love it:)

  7. A lovely old technique re-visited! What a great result!

  8. Avatar Colorado Crafter
    Colorado Crafter says:

    Fabulous card!! Interesting background technique!!

  9. Avatar Kim Heggins
    Kim Heggins says:

    Wonderful card…love those fabulous mailboxes!

  10. Avatar Carla Hundley
    Carla Hundley says:

    Lovely work. The
    colors are so pretty.
    Carla from Utah

  11. Beautiful loose watercolored card, Julie. I love the earthy CAS design of your card too. TFS Hugs

  12. Avatar Susan Crites
    Susan Crites says:

    I can’t wait to try the technique, it is new to me! Love the finished project!

  13. Avatar Cynthia D
    Cynthia D says:

    Thank you for telling us of this background technique. Something new to try!

  14. wonderful card. I like this background technique

  15. Avatar Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    Very pretty color combo! Looks like my mailbox, except the end of my road has a long wood rail with a whole row that looks like this! Yup, we still have these in rural areas!

  16. Avatar Mary Holshouser
    Mary Holshouser says:

    Love how you used the shading
    to color the design.
    Adding little touches of
    highlight was a great idea.
    Wonderful card.
    thanks for sharing