A Cherry on Top


I purchased a stamp set from Sunny Studio Stamps a while back.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is Food and/or Drink, so I decided to finally use my nice fruity stamp set.  To get an idea for the card I wanted to make, I looked at the stamp set on the Sunny Studio Stamp website.  They had samples of cards made using this stamp set.  The card I picked does not have a watermark on it, so I didn’t know who created it.  Finally, I looked at Sunny Studio Stamps on Instagram, found the card and saw who created it.  It was Lexa Levana.  I will put a link for it below.  Here’s my card.  The card is not gray-looking at all.  It was a stormy day and I didn’t have good light.

A Watermarked number 2 (2017-08-10-1423)

I took photos of the creative process.  Here we go….


I used Versafine Black Ink because it will take water coloring without smearing if it is given time to dry before painting.  Use watercolor paper.


Use painter’s tape to tape down a piece of watercolor paper trimmed to 5.25 x 4 inches on a board.  This will help keep the paper from buckling while you are working on it.  The board I have is a Jack Richeson Hardboard Panel (link below).  With a spray bottle, spray water on the paper before applying the ink.


Smoosh ink on a craft sheet and spray water on it.  Using a paintbrush, lay some ink on the paper.

Repeat with the next color.


Spray water on the paper again.  Allow the water to move the ink.  Absorb the liquid running to the edges with a rag.  If you want, lay the rag on top of the paper to absorb the water setting on top.  I did, but this is optional.

Remove the painter’s tape.  Using a wet paintbrush, work the ink on the edges so there are no straight lines.  Let this dry or use a heat gun to dry it.  Then spray water on the paper.  Wait a minute, then lay the rag on top of the paper to pick up the droplets.  This will remove some of the ink, leaving a splotched appearance. 


Watercolor the fruit.

Cut out the fruit.  Use matching Tim Holtz distress markers to fix any mistakes.  Use a white jelly roll pen to apply white where the ink went across the lines.  Finally, using a Memento black pen, go around the edges of the fruit.  This will cover the white edges and give the fruit an even, finished look.    IMG_0148  Back the watercolor paper with a piece of 4.25 x 5.5 inch printed paper.  I used a sheet from a Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 petite paper pack, Let’s Polka in the Meadow.  Adhere the layers together, along with a top-folding card base cut to 4.25 x 11 inches.  Fold in half to make an A2 size card which measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  To adhere my layers, I used Scrapbook E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive Tape.

Cut circles out of vellum to add a little something to the card front.  I have the Creative Memories Cutting System for Circles.  I cut a circle at 2 inches, two circles at 1.5 inches (for some reason the system doesn’t have a 1.75 inch circle), a 1.25 inch circle, and a 1 inch circle.


Position where you want to place the vellum circles and the fruit.

Using Ranger Multi Medium Matte, I glued the fruit to the card front, being careful to place the glue under the vellum sections that had fruit over them.  However, the small circle at the bottom doesn’t have fruit on it, so I just went around the perimeter of the circle with a thin line of glue.  Lay something flat on the fruit after you glue it down.

While this dries, prepare the sentiments. 

  • Using a piece of Simon Says Stamp #100 black cardstock, I powdered the surface with Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Powder Bag so excess embossing powder wouldn’t stick to the paper.
  • Using the MISTI Stamping Tool, I stamped Happy Birthday from an old stamp set in my collection with VersaMark Clear Sticky Ink
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder was sprinkled on the words.  After the excess powder was shaken off, I used the heat gun to melt the powder.
  • The piece of black cardstock was trimmed.  Scissors were used to cut a fishtail on the right side.
  • Scotch Foam Tape was attached to the back of the banner to lift it off the paper. 

Before attaching the black banner and the cherries, I used the MISTI to stamp “with a Cherry on top” on the card front using a Versafine Black Ink Pad.  Foam tape was placed on the back of the cherries.  An acrylic block was placed on the banner and the cherries to get a strong bond.


Using tiny spots of the Glossy Accents, I stuck Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm Clear Droplets around the fruit.  I laid an acrylic block on the droplets while they dried.


The last thing I did was coat the cherries with Glossy Accents.  Notice that the cherry on the left has Glossy Accents and the cherry on the right does not have it yet.  After I covered both cherries, I left it to dry.

I love the way this card turned out.  Thanks to someone at Sunny Studio Stamps for giving such a fine sample.

Bye for now,

Tricia Ann


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Food and/or Drink http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Splatter It   http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge #294-#295  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

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Click on photo to link.  Jack Richeson Hardboard Panel


Inks to water colored  the background


Mixed greens

Use Festive Berries on the strawberries.  Use Candied Apple on the cherries. Use Festive Berries and Candied Apple on the melon.  Use Candied Apple and Spiced Marmalade on the oranges.







5 thoughts on “A Cherry on Top

  1. inkyfingersandribbon says:

    I love everything about this, the background is awesome and those fruit look fab.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x


  2. Maria says:

    So very pretty with the water colored background and yummy fruits! Great touch with the glossy accents, too! Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Sweeties this month!


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