I should confess. I'm not really a weather card person. Flowers are more my thing. I don't think I ever made a card weather related. Well … until now! With this set I had a blast and all I want to do now is weather cards.
When I saw it immediately fell in love with it. This is a bigger set (I personally love big stamps), suitable not only for cardmaking but for scrapbook and other bigger projects. It has such realistic images, that can be used not only for weather cards. As usual I'll be sharing three cards made using this set.
The first card is more traditional I'd say. Clean and bright.
Then I stamped the Sun, using Mango Smoothie Crisp Ink first, and then adding dimension by stamping over with Warm Sunshine Crisp Ink using rock-and-roll technique. After that the Sun was die cut using the matching die from Rain and Shine Die Set.
I stamped the sentiment from Rain or Shine Stamp Set using Mocha Crisp Ink. Lastly I assembled my card by adhering the clouds and Sun. I foam mounted all elements, using both thin and regular foam squares, to add multi layer dimension to my card.
The second card is my favorite from these three. Here I was trying to make as realistic storm scene as possible. Which was so easy to do having such realistic stamps.
First I stamped the clouds in the top part of a Solar White cardstock panel. I was using Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris and Midnight Violet Crisp Inks for the lighter cloud and Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Midnight Violet and Jet Black Crisp Inks for the darkest ones.
Also I stamped the “ground” in the bottom part using Jet Black Crisp Ink and the bottom most solid layer of the cloud.
Next I put my panel aside for a couple of hours to let ink dry completely. You can use a heat gun if you don't want to wait. I usually don't want to spend time on this and prefer it to just air dry, while I'm working on some other project.
After it was completely dry I white embossed a couple of lightnings… Can we have a moment and talk about the lightning stamp? How cool it is!!! I just cannot stop admiring it. And I see that it can be not only used as a lightning, but also as a spooky tree branches. I already have one Halloween idea in mind using it.
Ok, back to the card. Lastly I white embossed the sentiment and foam mounted the panel onto a white card base.
I tend to make darker cards more, then lighter ones. But sometimes they can be too dark and too dramatic. To balance the darkness I use a white card base and also cut the panel a half inch smaller from each side. This allow me to still work within my beloved darker color scheme, but have a lighter finished product.
My last card is not related to the weather at all. It's one of the many cases this set can be used for.
First seeing this stamp set I immediately saw the marble opportunity in the layers of clouds. Marble textures are so hot right now. If you're following design trends you know about it. In the past I tried replicating marble texture using watercolor. But I'm not so good in coloring, so wasn't happy with the result. Plus, I'm more stamping, then coloring girl. And this set is the answer for all my marble desires.
I was mostly using two middle layers of the cloud to stamp the pattern. I didn't align them one on top of another as I'd do for the clouds. Instead just stamped in different directions building the marble design.
The gold veins were made by gold embossing the top cloud layer.
To finish the card of I die cut the sentiment using Thanks Die out of Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered in onto the card. I didn't want to add any other embellishments to it, as I wanted my marble design to stand out.
I think such design can work for a masculine card, for a boss card, as well as for a girl boss card (marble with gold are so popular among girls bosses :))
Here you have three examples of how the new Rain or Shine Stamp Set can be used.