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Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

Sunshine and the Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Sunshine, so prepare yourself for projects that are filled with sunny images of joy in the great outdoors. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

A few years ago I decided I wanted to work on my scene building skills in card making.  Grace’s Garden and the coordinating dies are perfect for a Summer Scene and were the perfect opportunity for me to work on my skills!

That sweet little kitty just completely draws me in!  I also love the sweetness of the flowers and he they are drawn.  The garden gate in the dies is absolutely beautiful!! The dies even come with flowers and vines to decorate the garden gate. I made three different scenes for you today!  Recently I have been using my Stampin’ Write markers. I felt like that I had been neglecting them ever since the Stampin’ Blends came out.

  • Little images like the ones in this set are perfect for coloring with the Stampin’ write markers
  • The sky and grass are Balmy Blue and Garden Green.  I accidentally used a little green in the sky.  This made the sky have a slight turquoise tent
  • The card has a Pineapple Punch layer to allude to a Sunny Summer Day.

The next card used a lot of the same elements as the above card.  Simple ink blending with a few elements put together to create the idea of a Summer Day

  • When ink blending it is important to start lightly then slowly building the color up!
  • You can see the difference between this card and the one above. This card has light very soft color.  The above card used the exact same colors but the color is built up more to add deeper color
  • You can also see the difference in Balmy Blue with a little green and without

The next card shows all the same elements but on a watercolor background with a slimline card profile

  • This card is 8 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.  To create this size card. You want to cut at 8 1/2 on one side and at 7 inches on the other side.  Then score at 3 1/3 in the 7 inches side.
  • In creating these cards I stamped a bunch of images. Then I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color the adorable images.  Finally die cutting them.
  • The next step was to create a few backgrounds. Was to create a few cards. I knew I wanted at least one slimline card.   So, I started thereby laying out a scene.  I loved it on the site background.  And really thought about keeping it white. But in the end, decided to Watercolor a background.
  • With the “leftovers” I created the two above cards.   After creating them I still had a few images left.

After creating the above cards I realized I had a few colored images left.  And, most importantly I had not used one of the most important elements a sun!  After all this blog hop is supposed to be all about Sunshine.  I decided to create a sunset with watercolor and use the very pretty garden gate!

I glued the card down on a Balmy Blue background. Trying to imitate a blue sky in the background behind the vibrant sunset.  I decided I really don’t like the Balmy Blue in this case.  So, I will cut the blue background off and try something else. I wanted you to see t so I could tell you how I colored the vines and garden gate.

  • First I die cut the images
  • Second,  I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the gate and vines
  • The third step was to spritz each with water. And dab some water up with a cloth/paper towel. Let this dry
  • Then using a stamp block. I inked the block up with the same colors spritz the block with water and smushed it around on the vines.  I did not do this step on the gate.
  • I did use a paintbrush and a little water and ink to clean up a few spots on the gate

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Joanne Brown at Stamping with JoJo
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  10. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  11. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  12. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

Happy Creating my friends-



  1. Oh My! These are all wonderful. Your color blending is perfect. You have mastered the scene building!

  2. Blending a focal image background is beautiful. It looks like one of my primer readers. Do you remember the Dick, Jane, Spot, Puff and Tim books?

  3. Jennifer. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing how you built up each of your cards. I love cards with a scene and you have inspired me. To try another.

  4. What sweet and beautiful cards, Jennifer! The backgrounds are amazing!

  5. All of your cards are beautiful! Just got home to some shipments, and Grace’s Garden is in there. Thank you for some gorgeous inspiration!

  6. Watch out little bird!!!! Lol! You are the master of making a beautiful scene! I know a lot of effort is behind it! Xoxo

  7. Your cards are gorgeous today, as always. I liked seeing the green in your blue sky, and I enjoyed your tips on building up color, and water coloring with a spritzer and ink on a stamping block.

  8. I absolutely adore these cards using Grace’s Garden! Your cards are just simply gorgeous and are making me rethink my shopping list!

  9. Jennifer, your cards are just precious! I think I feel some CASEing in my future! I resisted this set for quite awhile, but when I saw it in the new catty I jumped on it!

  10. You never cease to amaze me, Jennifer! These projects are AH-MAZING! Such a great use of this bundle and these amazing colors! ♥♥♥

  11. You are a true artist, my friend! I absolutely love how you blend ink! Thank you for sharing these great projects!

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