You Brighten My Day (CTC#61)


Welcome to the first CASEing the Catty blog hop of 2016! It’s a new year and we’ve got a new catalogue to CASE! For this first week, we’ve chosen a favourite sample project from the Occasions Catalogue to CASE. We’d also love you to play along! Each month we’ll have a challenge for you to participate in. There’ll be more instructions at the bottom of this post.

I chose to CASE the watercoloured ‘You Brighten My Day’ card which features the new Sunburst thinlit die…


I started with an almost exact replica as I love the original so much. Here’s how that one turned out.

Stampin' Up! sunburst thinlit die watercolour card I by Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams

It was so much fun to make that I wanted to make another in different colours. My very favourite ink to use for watercolouring is Blackberry Bliss, so I started with that. I wanted it to be vibrant so I added Cucumber Crush and lastly, a third colour, Rose Red.

Stampin' Up! sunburst thinlit die watercolour card I by Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams

After I created the background I decided I wanted to stitch the sunburst rays with gold thread to make it all shiny and glimmery. I used the thinlit as a template and traced around it with a drawing pencil. Next I used my paper piercing template to pierce the holes in straight lines along the rays. I erased all the pencil marks and then hand stitched the gold thread.

It was a little epic but the end result is quite beautiful in real life. I hope these next couple of pictures do a little more justice to the gold thread.

Stampin' Up! sunburst thinlit die watercolour card I by Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams

Stampin' Up! sunburst thinlit die watercolour card I by Artisan Design Team member Jessica Williams

So there you go. My take on the fabulous sample made by one of Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous concept artists.

Why not continue the hop and visit the lovely Julia Quinn, or if you’re travelling through in reverse, just click on the ‘previous’ button.







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Enjoy the inspiration and play along yourself by visiting the CASEing the Catty homepage.

Jess x


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18 thoughts on “You Brighten My Day (CTC#61)

  1. Wow, these are pretty special Jess. I would never have thought to use blackberry bliss & cucumber crush together but in a wash, they are just beautiful together. Your hand stitching is a little bit perfect too.

  2. I loved this card the first time I saw it in the catalogue, I’m so glad to see that it appealed to someone else too. That framelit is on my wishlist!!! Love both cards and I am dumbfounded that you hand stitched the gold thread. Just gorgeous!

  3. Jess what wonderful cards these are. I love how you stepped the sample up by changing out the colours. The Blackberry Bliss and Cucumber Crush combo is stellar! Thanks for the tips on how you masked out the stitching, and then actually hand stitched the design to make it look so awesome! Take a bow!

  4. Oh my! Did you hear my jaw drop? Cucumber Crush and Blackberry Bliss, now that is a creative but awesome combo. I’m having trouble with using CC ink but you have inspired me, Jess. I totally skimmed this section, now I’m going back for another peek! Amazing projects.

  5. Wow, love the Cucumber Crush and Blackberry Bliss colour combo, Jess. It just leaps off the page and the gold stitching is icing on the cake. This deserves to be framed!

  6. As above – WOW – Oh My – stunning! This colour combo rocks – I think you have started something! and that hand stitching – in Gold Thread no less – any thread would be incredible – but metallic thread? – really? and it is perfect! Hats off to you!

  7. Hi Jess ,
    I love your card so much but am struggling trying to create the wash . I’m ending up with a huge mess and my bin is filling up ! I would be so grateful for a few tips if you have the time . I’m trying to use an Aqua painter and was wondering if that is what you’ve used or a paint brush ?

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Thanks for the lovely comment. I use a paintbrush but only because they live on my desk and my aquapainter lives on the shelf! I shouldn’t imagine it would differ greatly. The biggest tip I can give is make sure you’re using a suitable paper. For a really wet wash like this one, you need to use either watercolour paper or shimmery white. I used shimmery white for both these cards. I believe I started with wetting the paper in the area I wanted the colour, then dropped some ink around and let it pool. You will end up with a random result which will look totally different each time. Sometimes I also add a second wash over the top of the first once dry if I’m not totally happy. I love the look of multiple washes with darker and lighter areas. I hope this helps!

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