Rubbernecker’s Scenic Route Paper Pad – GORGEOUS!

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From the designer herself, check out this gorgeous card made with Rubbernecker’s Scenic Route Paper Pad.

Last month, we released two brand new 6 X 6 Paper Pads designed by our very own Design Team member Melinda Stearns. Today we have Melinda herself sharing a card she created using her own designs she created for our own Rubbernecker’s Scenic Route Paper Pad.

Melinda says “I was so inspired by the Tree in Oval for this post. It really spoke to my watercolor loving heart! I also knew this set would pair perfectly with the Scenic Route Paper Pad. I am so honored to have been able to watercolor these scenes for Rubbernecker.{” Well, WE are so honored to have such creative, generous and truly lovely people on our Design Team!

Let’s see how Melinda created this spectacular card so we can use both her gorgeous designs in the Paper Pad and her water coloring tips to make our own cards.

Melinda started by cutting the moon and sky pattern to 4″ X 5 1/4″ for her card background and adhered it to a white card stock card layer sized panel.

Next, she cut our Tree in Oval once from gold card stock and once from a dark green. Using her paper snips, Melinda cut the tree out of the gold oval, leaving just the frame. Save the gold tree for another project! Melinda adhered the two ovals together with some liquid glue and set this aside.

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For her water color trees, Melinda took a piece of watercolor paper and misted it with some water. Melinda says “Using water reactive inks, reinkers, color bursts or just good ol’ watercolor paints and a paint brush to add the greens randomly to your damp piece of watercolor paper.” We LOVE that someone as expert as Melinda gives us free rein to use what we have! While the piece was still damp, Melinda added some splatters with dark and mid greens for some visual texture. She also used a clean, wet brush to move her ink around to create her rich, tonal look.

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After this piece was completely dry – remember, dry paper cuts and damp paper tears – she used our new Three Trees Die to cut the two smaller trees out of the same dark green card stock she used for her oval frame and then cut all three trees from her water colored paper. While she was die cutting, Melinda cut some scraps of white card stock with our Slimline Hills Die set.

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Using some scrap strips of paper, Melinda adhered the two smaller tree sets – one dark green and one water colored – together to add just a touch of dimension between them.

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Using her fingers, she gently shaped the water colored trees to let them stand out a little from their dark green shadows. She also applied this shaping to the largest tree.

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Now to assemble her card, Melinda trimmed her white hills to fit across her card panel in two layers, adhering them at the sides and leaving most of the center open so she could tuck her elements into the layers. She adhered her oval piece onto the design, tucking the bottom of the oval behind the first layer of snow. Melinda added her largest tree over the one in the oval, tucking and shaping the tree to fit. She added her other two trees into the scene, again tucking and shaping to create that beautiful dimension.

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Melinda says “I decided to add the sentiment to the inside for this card. I felt that leaving the sentiment off would make the card displayable for the whole winter instead of just for Christmas.” We love that – you know how much we love cards that can be multi-purpose and this one is perfect for the holidays or for the winter season!

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Here’s what Melinda used from our store today on her absolutely exquisite card:

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We are thrilled to have the designer of the fabulous new Rubbernecker’s Scenic Route Paper Pad right her right now sharing her genius with us on this card. If you haven’t already ogled her designs, pop on over to the store and take a look. We are pretty sure you will be as gaga as we are over them and want to use every single one on one of your own handmade cards.

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