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Pineapple

Hi All,

I think this is seriously the first time I have ever used fruit on a card. No fruit stamp has ever spoken to me, including this one. Courtney (my 11 year old) is the one who asked me (okay it was more of a begging and pleading) to get the Pineapple background stamp from Stampin’ Up!. I have to admit that I really like it a lot! Who knew. 🙂

Today’s technique is about creating color variation using solid stamp stamping. I stamped two colors for the base and two colors for the leaves, then I just moved the color around with a water brush to smooth it out. I love this technique because it’s no-fuss – you don’t have to worry about lighting and shadow, yet the image has life to it. I hope you’ll try it!

I used one of my Next Level embossing folders for the background. If you’re ever looking to create a background that doesn’t take anything away from your focal point yet adds that little something that’s “missing”, try dry embossing white cardstock. Heat embossing clear on white is also a great option. Here is a close-up of the background:

Pineapple

Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Distress markers used: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain

Pineapple
Pineapple
Next Level Woven Folder
Next Level Woven Folder
EH|SSS
Paper Smooches He Said She Said
Paper Smooches He Said She Said
Paper Smooches Slang Gang
Paper Smooches Slang Gang
EH|SSS
Happy and Smile
Happy and Smile
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
AMZN|SSS
Wild Honey Distress Ink
Wild Honey
EH|SSS
Pine Needles Distress Ink
Pine Needles Distress Ink
EH|SSS
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
BLSY|AMZN
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
EH|SSS
MISTI
MISTI
MSP|SSS
Absorber
Absorber
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
EH|SSS

Comments

  1. wrote on August 26th, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Connie

    This card is a real hoot! Is that an American or Australian expression?. Not sure. I have this SU pineapple stamp and was wondering how I was going to use it. Thanks, Darlene! You’ve just solved this problem. And the google eyes with little happy mouth makes all the difference. I love these embossing folders and this gives me the opportunity to use this woven one again.

  2. wrote on August 26th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Jan

    So fun! Gosh Darlene, the coloring of the pineapple leaves looks so real. You always know how to throw in the “extra” to make it pop! I love pineapples and it makes me miss Hawaii so much!

  3. wrote on August 26th, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Andrea

    Great, fun card, Darlene! I thought the Pine Needles/Walnut Stain stamping looked like marble after you stamped the brown, before you blended it. I think that would be a neat effect for a background element or something! I agree with Jan–the coloring does make the pineapple look real. I’m not into pineapples, either, but this is a really cute card. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  4. wrote on August 26th, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Jules

    Courtney had a great idea! What a cute card!! Love it! Julie

  5. wrote on August 26th, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    floderby

    Hi there. I was just thinking — couldn’t you glue the embossed card to the A2 card and all the cut outs after? Seems it might be a little easier since you have to use so much glue. What a great card. My grandson always says “Sup?” when I say hi.

    • wrote on August 28th, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, it probably would be a little easier that way. I’m glad I remembered to at least put the eyes on last! 🙂

  6. wrote on August 27th, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Glenismaree

    I enjoyed the video but I am not sure about the pineapple. I love the basketweave embossing folder, Last but not least – can anybody tell me what “Sup?” means??? Really showing my old age!!!

    • wrote on August 27th, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Connie

      What’s up!

      • wrote on August 28th, 2016 at 4:46 am

        Glenismaree

        Thanks Connie. I should have known that as my eldest grandson used to talk like that. Thank goodness he has outgrown that at 23.

  7. wrote on August 27th, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Lgs53

    Sup? Is an abbreviation for another contraction “what’s up?” Which can also be “whassup”! It has gotten shorter and shorter!

    Darlene, love your coloring technique but am wondering if you considered clear embossing the pineapple image to preserve the white lines? You always seem to have reasoned things out – but I saw the care it took to add the water without smearing color and wondered if that might make it easier?

    • wrote on August 30th, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Lillian! I can’t clear emboss it because the stamp is stamping the solid parts – not the outline. That’s what makes it a little tricky. I miss seeing you!

      • wrote on August 30th, 2016 at 1:20 pm

        Lgs53

        Oh, if course! Thanks for the clarification! Miss you too!

  8. wrote on August 27th, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Barb H.

    Such a cute card and I really love this technique. It’s perfect for a pineapple, but I need to think of another image to try it on. The pineapple image is definitely popular lately, I am seeing it everywhere, but not sure I want to buy it. I have decided several months ago to take advice you have given around really taking time to think carefully before buying more stamps and dies and trying to think of several ways to use each. As a result, I keep missing out on a lot of recent online sales with EH, MFT and SSS because I put things in my cart, and wait until later to hit buy and by the time I come back, almost everything is out of stock. Initially I am frustrated, but ultimately, I realize I am saving a lot of money. My recently expanded craft room is awfully full.

    • wrote on August 27th, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Connie

      Hi Barb! I remembered the same thing Darlene said about versatility and am trying to be as versatile as possible too. But I did get the SU pineapple background because they bring back good memories of holidays in Mexico and Hawaii. I really love the technique that Datlene has used too which makes it unique. However, Hero Arts Enjoy Fruit stamp set as well as Concord and 9th Pop Art Pineapple have lots of versatility. Take a look at some of the cards made by these too stamp sets on Pinterest for ideas!

  9. wrote on August 29th, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Brenda L.

    Love how your pineapple came out Darlene! Love the colors of it. Very cute with the face on it and I love the sentiment. Cute, cute, cute card! Hugs, Brenda

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