Velo de Printemps (Spring Bike) Three Ways

Velo de Printemps (Spring Bike) Three Ways

Hi Creative Friends,

A few days ago we welcomed Simply Graphic, a incredibly creative stamp and die company from France, to our shop. We are in love with everything they offer and are super excited that more will be arriving very soon… so stay tuned!

In the meantime, Heather Telford, our very talented and good friend, has created three terrific card designs using the Vèlo de Printemps (Spring Bike) cling stamp from Simply Graphic. These card designs are bright, fresh, and quick ways to make a UBER cute card design!


Hello, my crafty friends,

I have something new to share with you today. The stamp and sentiments featured today are from Simply Graphic, a very French company with a clean and classy style. I think this bicycle is very whimsical and the sentiments are small and simple just how I like them.

I chose to keep the color scheme bold but limited by choosing three distress oxide inks, rusty hinge, salty ocean, and picked raspberry. To create the striped cards I used Post-it tape to mask stripes on kraft cardstock and watercolor paper. I chose watercolor paper as I thought I might add water splatter but I didn’t in the end so you could easily work on white cardstock instead. I did all the masking on my glass mat; the quarter-inch grid makes it easy to line up the tape evenly. With the tapes in place, I blended oxide inks on the two cardstocks with a Ranger blending tool. The inks do pop a little more on the white than the kraft but the inks are very matte and opaque when blended thickly so they are bold on the kraft also.

Once I had dried the panels thoroughly I prepared the kraft panel with a powder tool before embossing the Vèlo de Printemps stamp in white powder on the left-hand side. I added an embossed sentiment from the English sentiment set in the opposite corner.

To complete the white panel I used the same layout but stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink then added the panel to a kraft card base.

Before tidying up my supplies I decided to do one more panel, this time embossing the bike stamp in clear powder first. I smooshed the same three oxide inks on the glass mat, spritzed water over them then swiped my panel through the ink several times to get good coverage. I also used a paintbrush to add ink to a few parts of the bike (basket, flowers, and tire) but tried to keep the blends as organic as possible. I added the sentiment in rusty hinge distress ink to finish the panel.

I hope you enjoy these simple ideas from Simply Graphic, a company with a clean, simple, and beautiful style. I would love to know if you are going to try either of the techniques, layouts, or even the color combo I used today. Let me know in the comments.
Take care.

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