Hello my crafty friends! Card Challenge: Global Design Project 191 is my inspiration today. By clicking on the badge below, you can see how all the other participants have designed their cards for the challenge around the GDP theme. Such a fun theme this week!

Global Design Project 191 Theme: bees, birds & butterflies

Stampin’ Up! Free as a Bird

For the Global Design Project 191 card challenge, I chose to use a no-line watercolor technique featuring the brand new Bird Ballard Suite from the new Stampin’ Up! 2019-20 Annual Catalog found on page 91.  All products are available for order on June 4th.   Free as a Bird Bundle includes the stamp set & Stitched nested Label dies.   These dies have a double stitched edge which makes for a beautiful finished edge as you can see.  The Bird Ballard Designer Series paper has gorgeous 2 sided prints and comes in the 12 x 12 size.   You can shop these items in my 24/7 online store.  There are some really fun new products in the new catalog and this Bird Ballard Suite is one of my favorites.    


Global Design Project 191 Handmade Greeting Card By Sally Hessenius, Stampin Up Demonstrator featuring Pool Party Card Base using Bird Ballard Suite DSP with a watercolored image of birds on a branch

#GDP 191 Theme: Bees, Birds & Butterflies

Bird Ballard Card Details – Global Design Project 191


For this card I chose  Pool Party card stock for the card base with a coordinating DSP from the new Bird Ballard Suite found on page 91 of the new  Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.   The theme over at Global Design Project 191 this week is awesome.   Here’s how I started the card.


Global Design Project 191 No line watercolor by Sally Hessenius, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for #GDP191


For the layers on this card, I put some  5/8th inch burlap ribbon (p175) behind the watercolor panel.   Next I stamped some leaves from the        stamp set and I fussy cut them.   In addition, I layered a doily at the very first layer.    I stamped the “hello” sentiment, which is another sweet little stamp from this set, onto a little tag and tied it with some linen thread  Using the tag die from Bouquet Bunch dies (p191), I cut one tag from daffodil delight and another tag from more of the DSP from the suite.  Of course I finished the card with a spray of the Shimmer Paint mixed with alcohol for a subtle sparkle.


Global Design Project 191 No line watercolor by Sally Hessenius, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for #GDP191



No Line Watercoloring

This technique is one of my favorite ways to color a stamped image.   To begin, I simply stamp an image using smokey slate onto watercolor paper.   I then grab my inks and an aqua painter and begin to color the image.   I often start with the lightest colors and gradually add more color.   Here’s a quick tip too, to add the fine detail, I will go back and add some lines and dots using my stamp n write markers and also a micron pen.   These little details really bring the image to life!

Global Design Project 191 Free as a bird stamp mounted on acrylic stamping block from Sally Hessenius, Sallys Sentiments Studio #sallyssentiments



Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the inspiration.   Remember, to place an order in my online store, just click on a picture and use the JUNE HOSTCODE – 3CSS2EAD


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