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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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Rest, Relax, Repeat

Retirement cardAhhh, wouldn’t it be nice to be doing exactly what this card says right about now? I wouldn’t mind a bit of R&R (&R) today.

This is a retirement card I made at the request of my bff for one of her coworkers. I can’t say that the design is entirely mine. I saw a card much like this somewhere on the internet and it stuck in my mind. When I was asked to make a retirement card, this design popped back up in my head and of course I couldn’t find the inspiration post to save my life. The curse of internet image searches… If any of you have seen a similar card before, please let me know so I can link it and give credit where it is due! Ok. Moving on.

Retirement card

Neat and Tangled’s Jounaling Alphas are perfect for this design. I cut all of the letters I needed from some bright red card stock and also from some fun foam – I happened to have red fun foam, can you believe it?! I think I got it at Michaels. I layered the red letters on top of the fun foam to give the card a little pop of dimension.
Retirement card

I carefully mounted all of my letters onto a panel that was slightly smaller than my A2-sized card base. I used a T-square ruler to get everything lined up just right. Both the panel and the card base are cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock, and I decided to add a little bit of vellum behind my panel before adding it to the card base, just to break up the color a bit.

Retirement card

Only 30+ more years to go before I can retire!

kimberly

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DIY Holiday Decor // Rose Gold Reindeer

Rose gold reindeer on mantle

Hi! I come to you today with a different sort of paper crafting experiment that I did over the weekend. Some of you may remember my bright, sparkly, reindeer DIY from several years back. For that project, I sketched a reindeer image onto a large canvas, covered it in Mod Podge,added lots of sequins, and stuck it on my fireplace mantle. Something about antlers and sparkles screams Christmas to me. That’s normal, right?

This year, I thought I’d do something a little different, but mostly the same. I used the same subject matter, but made a smaller version and used a different technique, and I love how it turned out!

Foiled deer holiday decor

To start, I google image-searched “reindeer silhouette” until I found a simple image that I liked. I then printed it out with a toner ink printer (NOT an ink-jet or other kind of printer) onto some cardstock. I needed this to print with toner ink because I planned to foil it with my Minc foil applicator (though you could try using reactive foil and a general laminating machine for this as well). I had some 5″x7″ picture frames hanging around and wanted to use those, so I made sure to cut the printed sheet down to a size that would fit inside my frame. I got the frames at the dollar store, so this project was really inexpensive, too!

Foiled deer holiday decor

I ended up making two framed reindeer. For this first one I chose some rose gold foil. I cut a piece of the foil, layered it over my appropriately-sized panel, put it in a carrier sheet and ran it through my Minc to fuse the foil onto the printed image. I have the larger-size Minc, but the Mini Minc would be perfectly for this, too.

Foiled deer holiday decor

I chose a different reindeer silhouette and some gold foil for a second image, and then put both in frames. One lives on the fireplace mantle and the other in the dining room.

Gold and rose gold foiled reindeer

I love the chic look of these decorations, and they were so simple and quick to make! The beauty of this project is that you can use this technique with any subject matter and with any size frame – as long as the panel will fit though whatever size Minc machine you have!

I have a few other holiday decor DIY ideas in mind – we’ll see if they make it off the ground. Never enough time!

kimberly

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Poinsettia Christmas Card

My first Christmas card of the season!
Mama Elephant poinsettiaI made this card using the Mama Elephant Poinsettia stamp set & coordinating dies, and got my design inspiration from the Case(e) This Sketch blog! This is this week’s sketch:

As you can tell, I flipped the sketch horizontally for my card. I used watercolor for the background, and painted the poinsettia with Copic markers before die-cutting it and mounting it to the front of my card with foam adhesive.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I added the Happy Holidays sentiment from a the Simon Says Stamp Gifts of Love stamp set. I stamped it with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink, which is my favorite black ink for stamping sentiments.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I pulled out some Christmas decorations today, too, so I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit! Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

kimberly

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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!

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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.
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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!

kimberly

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Baby Boy Congrats Card

Are you doing the November Daily Marker 30 Day challenge? I’ve been trying my hardest to keep up! My goal is to color and post something to my Instagram feed every day this month which will be a feat. I wasn’t able to do something every single day for the previous challenges, but I have high hopes for this one! In keeping up with the challenge, I almost forgot to post this congratulations card I made a few weeks ago!

Baby boy cardTO start off this card, I stamped the rattle image from  the Tim Holtz Baby Blueprint set onto a large tag die. I also heat embossed the edges of the tag using Versamark ink and some liquid platinum embossing powder.

Baby boy cardI also threaded some twine through the hole in the tag and tied little knots at the end to give the string a bit more interest. Then I set the finished tag aside and got to work on the card base.
Baby boy cardTo make a quick and easy background that was still visually interesting, I found several rolls of washi tape that went well together and just stuck strips of each tape down onto the card. I made sure all of the colors and patterns would work well for a baby boy card. This is a really quick and simple way to add pop to an otherwise simple card and I really love washi tape, I don’t know why I don’t use it more often! Baby boy cardI stamped the congrats! sentiment from the Altenew Label Love stamp set, added some fun foam to the back of the sentiment strip and the tag, and mounted both onto the card base.Baby boy cardNow we wait for the little one to arrive!

kimberly

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Painted Happy Birthday

Birthday cardI’ve said it once (probably more than once, actually) and I’ll say it again: you can never have too many birthday cards layin’ around. This one features the Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday wafer die.

Birthday cardFirst, I stamped the Abstract Triangles background stamp in Versamark ink onto a watercolor panel and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then added a watercolor wash in various shades of purple over the top. You should all know by now how much I love a good emboss-resist watercolor background!
Birthday card

Once the panel was dry, I was about ready to place the Happy Birthday die cuts on top but I felt like they were getting a little bit lost in the lines of the background stamp. To fix that problem I decided to add a square of vellum between the words and the background layer. I added a little heat embossing (in Liquid Platinum) around the edge of the vellum to give it a bit more separation, and adhered all my layers. A few clear sequins here and there finished it all off!

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly