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Watercolor with Distress Inks

So Very Grateful

As you may know, I’m a big fan of distress inks. I love using them to create backgrounds for cards because of how pigmented the colors are and because of how they react with water. Painting a wash and then sprinkling some water over the panel and using a paper towel to lift away color is one of my favorite things to do. And for this card, I did just that using Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey and Festive Berries distress inks.The card ended up looking so sherbet-y!

So Very Grateful

I started by dampening my watercolor paper with some clean water, and then added  a very light wash of my lightest color, Worn Lipstick. I let that dry, and then painted on another layer of color in Wild Honey. Lastly, I came in with a mix of Festive Berries and Abandoned Coral for the final layer. Once everything was mostly dry, I added some water droplets here and there, and some larger puddles of water in other places. In some cases, I let the water dry on its own, in other cases, I lifted the extra water away with a paper towel, taking some of the ink color with me.

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I stamped part of the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink from the Concord & 9th Lace Leaf set. I cut the rest of the sentiment from the grateful leaf die set. After I adhered my panel to an A2-sized card base with some double-sided tape, I added a few clear sequins to finish everything off!

Have a wonderful week!

kimberly

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Blended Background Birthday Card

Birthday cardThis one might be a new favorite! I tried a new-to-me technique with distress ink blending for the background on this card and I love the effect. Birthday cardI started by blending a mix of Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries and Abandoned Coral distress inks onto a piece of Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper. I then created the mottled/washed-out effect (I just made that term up) onto the panel by adding puddles of water here and there and letting the water dry on its own instead of picking up the color with a paper towel right after, as I normally do. It’s not a novel concept by any means, but it was the first time I’d tried it out and I love the softer, more diffused effect it gives. I was turned onto the technique after reading a post over on the Wplus9 blog (watch the video, too!).
Birthday cardWhile the panel dried, I stamped (with Versamark ink) and heat embossed a flower and some foliage from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set onto a piece of vellum. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the images and then arranged them on the dried watercolor panel. Did I mention I used a stitched frame die to add some detail to the  panel? I did that, too, before I adhered the floral images with some strategically-placed glue dots. Birthday card

I also die cut the word Happy with the Winnie & Walter Happy die from some white cardstock and fun foam. I heat embossed the birthday part of the sentiment in white onto a piece of black cardstock. I adhered the panel to an A2-sized white card base and finished everything off with – you guessed it – some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets! Birthday cardI took quite a few photos of this card…I think because I like it so much. I hope you like it, too!

kimberly

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Merci Beaucoup!

Sometimes a simple distress ink-blended background and a big and bold sentiment are all it takes to put together a nice thank you card!
Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

The two cards were made for two college students who worked for me (at my day job!) this summer. They were such a great help to me that I was really sad to see them go. Somehow bright, colorful handmade cards eased the pain just a bit. :)

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I had an ink blended panel kicking around my craft room, that I had made during  #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. To make the panel, I blended an assortment of distress inks onto some white 80lbpaper in rough rainbow order. I then added some water droplets which bleached out certain areas and created what looks to me like a nice bokeh effect. I then used a 5″x 3.75″stitched rectangle die to cut two panels from the larger piece.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I used my Mini Misti and Versa Fine onyx black ink to stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Merci stamp set. Then, I attached each panel to an A2 sized card base. I resisted the urge to glue some sequins onto the cards, though I think that might have been a nice finishing touch.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama ElephantI really love how these turned out. I hope you like them, too!

kimberly

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Sunshine Shaker

I can’t believe there are only two more weeks of August left! As usual, summer has flown by and, as usual, I’m just about ready for some cooler fall weather.However, I have certainly enjoyed the summer of 2016, making lots of extra trips to the beach this year and enjoying what’s left of what was a pretty great tan.

Sunset shaker card

Today I’m sharing a card project that came out of some experimenting I did as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Just for kicks, I did some ink blending on a cardstock panel and added some water splatters – which showed up pretty well because I used cardstock and not watercolor paper, but I ended up with a bit of warping, too. You win some, you lose some. The panel looked like a summer sunset to me, so I ran with it.

Sunshine shaker card

I cut the panel down and stamped the Hello sentiment from the SSS Flip Flop Season stamp set. I used a sheet protector and my fuse tool to turn the panel into a shaker card – adding lots of seed beads and sequins inside. I also stamped some flip flops on a piece of scrap from the ink blended panel and mounted those on the outside of the shaker.

Sunset shaker card

I hope everyone enjoys these last few weeks of summer!
kimberly

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Sail Away With Me / #thedailymarker30day

Just popping in quickly today to share a card I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge that I’m participating in this month. The 30 day challenge asks people who play along to color for at least 30 minutes a day and then share their results on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. You can read more about the challenge here.

Sail away with me I’ve participated in almost all of the 30 day challenges now and I find that they really help me with my creativity – I try out mediums and color combinations I wouldn’t normally try, and there’s no pressure to turn the coloring into the card or to even get it right the first time. You can follow along with me over on instagram @kimberly.pelkey   The design for this card was inspired by Yana Smakula, who makes beautiful cards (so definitely check out her blog)! I used a sailboat die and the Sailing stamp set from Simon Says stamp to create the card.

Sail Away With Me
After die cutting a bunch bunch of sailboats from a white panel (that I adhered to some fun foam before die cutting to give the panel some extra dimension), I did some ink blending on another panel to go behind the cut outs. I used Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers for the blending, then added some water droplets and glitter embossing powder over the top to give it some texture.
Sail Away With Me
For the sentiment I used white embossing powder on “Sail Away” and then stamped “with me” in Versa Mark ink on some fog-colored card stock. I also added some strips of paper and vellum behind the sentiment circle and finished everything off with some clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

Sail Away With Me

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Let me know so I can follow you!

kimberly

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Farm Animal Birthday Cards

A short and sweet post today! I wanted to share two birthday cards I made for a coworker recently.

Two Farm Animal Birthday Cards

For both cards, I used texture paste and stencils to create the patterned backgrounds – a SSS Tiny Dots stencil for the card with the cow, and a SSS diagonal stripes stencil for the card with the chicken. Once the texture paste dried, I used distress inks to do some ink blending over the paste to create a colored background. The animals and sentiments are stamped with  the SSS Birthday Farm Animals set and are colored with Copics. I finished both cards off with a few Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly

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More Die Cut Masking

I’ve been making a lot of cards using the die-cut masking technique I talked about in my previous post. I thought I’d share a few more of those cards with you today.

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Instead of using my copic airbrush for this card, I decided to do some ink blending with distress inks. You have to be a bit more gentle with this technique, however, because all of the blending can cause you to accidentally pull up one (or more) of your masks – ask me how I know. For the most part it works just fine.

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For this card I used the Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamp and die set for the stamps and masks. Once I finished ink blending, I added some water droplets onto the card and quickly soaked them up with a dry paper towel – that’s what gives the nice bleached out effect in some areas; One of the many reasons why I love distress inks. I popped up the sentiment on a circle die cut and added a little embossing around the edges and a circle of vellum behind. lastly, I added a stitched rectangle frame for a bit of added interest, before adhering everything onto a 4bar-sized card base.

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I wasn’t quite finished with my copic airbrush system yet, though, so I also made some 4bar get well soon cards using the same masking technique but changed it up a bit with some patterned paper and a little gathering of thread behind the sentiment. I used the Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon stamps and dies for these.  Did I mention that I first got the idea for this technique from Dawn of Wplus9? She has a great YouTube tutorial on her channel that you can check out here!

kimberly