Masking + Ink Blending

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and long weekend!

Today I’m sharing two cards I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge that involve the same masking technique. I measured out evenly spaced and evenly sized squares across the card panel and then made some masks. I masked off each square and I also made a mask from a die (that coordinated with a stamp set that I already had) to save some white space for the stamped image, which I added later. I first saw this technique on Debby Hughes’ blog Lime Doodle Design – for a link to her post and video, click here. If you don’t know her work already, I strongly urge you to check out her blog – she’s fabulous!

For the first card, I used little finger daubers to blend distress ink over each square in coordinating colors masking off each rectangle as I went.  I used feathers from the Dream Believer stamp set, and coordinating dies for masks. I stamped the feathers in fog ink (I think if I did this again I would use a different color) and then used a Wink of Stella marker to add a ton of sparkle to each feather image.  I off-set the sentiment a bit, ran the panel through my die cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die to give some interest to the edge, and mounted the panel to a card base.
Day 22 #thedailymarker30day

For the cupcake card (stamped with Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamps and masked with the coordinating dies) I followed the same technique, but used Copic markers to color the images. I think I like how this one turned out best – I found that the Altenew inks I used for this card blended nicely for me. I didn’t cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, but instead heat-embossed the edges with some clear embossing powder. Unfortunately, you can’t see that in the photograph, but in person it gives the panel a bit more interest. I definitely want to try this technique again, with some different images and maybe some softer colors. I think it’s a great way to make an interesting one-layer card, especially since I don’t make many of those!



Hey There Sweetie // More Cupcakes on Cards

Hey There Sweetie Card

I guess this is more of an ice cream sundae and less of a cupcake. Either way, I am having a lot of fun with the Sweets & Treats stamp set from Wplus9. I used the clear cut stackers circle dies to cut several circles in the cards, and also used to dies to make frames. I colored the circle frames and the ice cream sundae with copic markers.

Wplus9 Sweets & Treats card

I used some glossy accents glue on the ice cream to give the fudge a shiny look. Hopefully you can see a bit of that shine in the above photo.

Hey There Sweetie




Hey There, Cupcake!

Hey There Cupcake Card

Today’s card features all kinds of fun techniques – heat embossing on the cupcake sentiment, dry embossing on the panel with cute little polka dots, masking to color the area behind the cupcake with distress inks, and partial die-cutting to create the circle window for my cupcake to sit in. Phew.

Wplus9 Cupcake Card

I colored the cupcake and stand with Copic markers, and then used a Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter to the cupcake frosting, and glossy accents to embellish the pink parts of the cupcake stand.

Hey There Cupcake

I can’t decide if this is a birthday card or just a cute note card. Either way, it’s making me hungry.


Inspiration, Jewlery

Inspiration Sunday // Random Pretty Things

Four lovely DIY’s (does a recipe count as a DIY?) to inspire the week ahead:

1.// DIY Collar Necklace from brideblu. 2.// Gilded flatware from The Sweetest Occasion. 3.// DIY Paper Wheels from Ruffled. 4. Raspberry White Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes from Foods Of Our Lives. Yum!