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Happy 21st Birthday!

21st birthday card

I’m really excited to share this card with you today, because I’m so happy with how it turned out! First, I should give credit where credit is due, and tell you that this card is almost a carbon copy of this one, which I stumbled upon after doing some google searching for a good 21st birthday card idea.

21st birthday cardThis card uses one of my favorite techniques, die cut masking (see here, here, and here!), and was made for my cousin’s 21st birthday (for which I got to tag along for the evening’s events!).

21st birthday card

You can read the “how to” on the post for the inspiration card, but I’ll tell you what I did here, too. Firstly, I cut a bunch of numbers using the Number It die from Mama Elephant and some inkadinkadoo masking paper. I arranged them onto my card panel in a way that I liked, and stuck them down accordingly. I then used distress inks and an ink blending tool to blend ink onto the panel and around the masks. The distress ink colors I used were: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves. Then, I removed the masks and lightly blended some more ink over the masked areas to soften up the design. Lastly, I added a few droplets of water onto the panel to activate the distress ink and then lifted the water away with a paper towel. You can’t really tell in the photos, but it gave the panel a bit more interest and texture –  I didn’t want to go crazy with it, though!

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For the sentiment, I stamped happy birthday (with enough room to fit my numbers in between) onto the panel using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Then, I cut more numbers using the Number It dies, stacked them on top of each other and glued them to the panel between Happy and Birthday.

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I added a few clear droplets as a finishing touch and she was finished!

I think I might make one of these in every color!

Kim and Kam
Happy 21st Birthday…Kam! :)

(Did I mention we could be twins?)

kimberly

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Sweet Succulents

Today I’m excited to share with you a little card set I made over the weekend.

MFT sweet succulents card set

Lately, I’m turning into somewhat of a plant lady. I have houseplants scattered all over my house, and I’m especially in love with succulents and air plants. So, when I saw the LLD Sweet Succulents stamp set, I knew I wanted to make some cute cards with it.
MFT sweet succulents card set

I wanted to create a cluster of potted plants on each card, so I started by making masks using my inkadinkadoo masking paper. Using masks allows you to build up a scene by first stamping whatever you want to be in the foreground (in my case, the central pot), then masking that image off, then stamping your next image (in my case, the plant that would be in the central pot), then adding a mask to that, and so on. Anything you stamp on top of a masked image will end up in the background. The best part is removing all of your masks at the end to reveal the scene!
MFT sweet succulents card set

I stamped on some A2-size scallop cards that I picked up from the clearance section at Paper Source. I thought the rounded edges of the paper would be a nice contrast to the visual spikey-ness of the cactus plants.
MFT sweet succulents card set

I made four cards, and decided to make each scene a little bit different, so I used and re-used my masks a lot. Even though the arrangement of plants differed on each card, I made sure to use the same grouping of three pots in the lower left, and stuck to the same color scheme for each card as well.

MFT sweet succulents card set

I used my copic markers to do most of my coloring on each card. You’ll notice that certain plants and certain pots retain the same color scheme across each card, which I think helps to tie everything together so that it all looks like one complete set. Doing this also kept me from having to put a lot of extra thought into my coloring.

MFT sweet succulents card set

There is some variation from one to the next, but that’s the beauty of handmade cards! To finish up, I added some extra shading here and there with a few Prismacolor colored pencils. It seemed to give everything a bit of an extra pop. I also made sure to add a light shadow under each pot, to ground the images.

MFT sweet succulents card set

When it came time to add a sentiment, I went with “Hope you have a beautiful day” from the Doodle Buds stamp set. I thought this particular sentiment went nicely with the overall look I was going for.
MFT sweet succulents card set

Once that was all set, I adhered some fun foam to the back of each scalloped panel, and then mounted all my finished panels onto card bases that I cut from some gray card stock.

MFT sweet succulents card set

Voila! I hope you like these as much as I do!

MFT sweet succulents card set

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P.S. As I said before, I’m a sucker for succulents (ha!) and I’m trying to learn to identify them by name. One of my favorites are Haworthia. Especially good for me because they are very tolerant if I forget to water them for a day or too… :) I’d love to hear what your favorite types of succulents are!

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More Doodle Buds

I feel a little strange about not having made a single Christmas card yet. I suppose it’s because I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving, so I’m hoping once Friday hits I’ll be good to go and you’ll see some Holiday cards here on the blog (fingers crossed)! So, now that I’ve lamented that issue, how about a nice card that reminds me of spring? ha.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I think we can officially say that Wplus9’s Doodle Buds stamp set is one of my favorites (see here, and here!). For these two cards, I stamped out a few of the flowers, created masks with post-it notes, and continued building a scene with the stamps.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I made sure to stamp on some nice watercolor paper (I tend to use Canson brand)with Intense Black Ink (it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for this). I then painted everything with my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I added a simple sentiment at the top right of each card. For the first card (4bar size with the blue background) I decided to give it a bit more interest by cutting a stitched rectangle out of the panel and popping the center part up onto some fun foam. When I mounted it onto a card base, I made sure the images that made up the frame and center panel lined up.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I used the same stamping and masking technique for the second card, but decided on a yellow background. I used a large stitched rectangle die (the largest in the Lawn Fawn set) to cut a boarder into the panel and then mounted it onto a A2-sized card base.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I think I like the larger, yellow card best, but both are fun.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Or just hoping to get through Thanksgiving, like me? At any rate, I hope all of you who celebrate have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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!

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Masking with Die Cuts // Copic Airbrush

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card I made using one of my favorite new techniques – die cut masking.

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To make the panel for this card, I used the Wplus9 Doodle Buds stamp set to make a pattern on the background. I then used the coordinating dies and inkadinkado masking paper to make masks for each shape. After that, I dusted off my Copic airbrush tools and put them to work.

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I used my YR02 Copic Marker (light orange) to airbrush the entire panel. After you remove the masks, each stamped image has a nice white boarder around it. I love the effect.

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This panel sat on the edge of my craft desk for weeks until I figured out what I wanted to do with it…I thought a black sentiment would really pop against the background (the sentiment is the Painted Hello die by SSS).

To separate the sentiment from the background a bit, I added a vellum circlebehind the sentiment (I also added a thin line of white embossing powder around the outside of the circle). After mounting the circle and the sentiment, I stapled on some paper strips to ground everything. Lastly, I added some sequins for a little extra embellishment.

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I’m still trying out  different techniques to use with my airbrush, but this is my favorite so far. The masking technique also works with ink blending or just coloring marker-to-paper. The best thing about this hobby is that the possibilities are endless!

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