Sunday, February 2, 2014

We Have Chemistry

It's time for another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge!

This time, the theme is free-for-all, which encompasses anything and everything a person can think to create. Sounds a bit intimidating when you think of it that way, so I took it as an opportunity to break in some of my new and unused products. I've also realized that Valentine's Day is precariously close and I've yet to make cards for my loved ones. Eep! I will be doing a Valentine card-spree this week, I think.

And here is my creation!

I started by getting out the new Doodlebug 6x6 paper pad: Sweetheart. I just got this pad last week, and the very first thing I noticed is that it's bright. Very, very, neon-pink-and-red-red-red kind of bright. I'd only seen the cover image online, and it seemed quite a bit more pastel-colored. So, I was rather surprised at how bright it turned out to be. However, there are still a few very fun patterns - like the craft with teeny hearts one you see in the card. And if you're looking for some bright and bold Valentine colors, this paper pad is for you.

Once I decided on that paper, the idea of science/math popped into my head, and I knew just what stamp set to use. Great Chemistry seemed absolutely perfect - it's funny, quirky and sure to bring a smile.

Coloring and fussy-cutting the images took a very long time, but I like the results. I even love the scientist's lit-up flaming hair (though that one was more of a happy accident). The sentiment fit perfectly into the smallest Sizzix Fancy Labels diecut. A bit of stitched lines and a scribbled shadow under the scientist, and the card is done!

Base - Bazzill Cotton Candy Heavyweight Card stock
Patterned paper - Doodlebug Sweetheart 6x6
Die - Sizzix Fancy Labels by Stephanie Barnard 
Stamps - Paper Smooches Great Chemistry, Paper Smooches Word Salad (hearts)
Ink - Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and Vermillion (sentiment)
Watercolor Pencils
White Gel Pen


  1. Elle, this is fantastic! I love the little strip of hearts with the sentiment on it. Your little scientist is so cute - love how you coloured his hair! Having the little hearts coming out of the potion is a stroke of brilliance! Clever!! It's hard buying papers, etc, online isn't it?! Sometimes it is a pleasant surprise - sometimes it is a shock! :)

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Kylie!

      Whenever I buy paper online, a part of me is very apprehensive and the other part is very excited. Sometimes pictures are exactly the way the pack looks, but other times the color is waaaaaaay off - especially if you're buying on Amazon. I think I've bought 3 or 4 different brown Bazzill cardstock packs looking for that one perfect shade I wanted to use.

      But, I take it as a sign that I should explore these new colors and shapes. After all, they might turn out into something really fantastic. :)

  2. Fun valentine card. Love it. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at PS Sparks!!

    1. Thank you! I'm really enjoying your challenges. :)