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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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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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Multiple Images – No Masking

Wplus9 Doodle BudsWplus9’s doodle buds stamp set is one of my favorites (you may have noticed from this post or my instagram feed)! The images lend themselves so easily to cute, whimsical cards and they are perfect for creating floral scenes – without masking. If the stamped images intersect, it doesn’t really matter. In fact, the doodly (made that up) nature of the design means a little overlapping of the images is just fine.

Wplus9 Doodle BudsFor these cards, I just stamped and stamped several images in Intense Black ink onto watercolor paper until I was happy with the composition. I then used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint quick washes over each panel – one in this aqua/pool color (A2-sized) and the other in a burnt sienna or sepia tone (4-Bar sized).

Wplus9 Doodle BudsAfter the panels had a chance to dry, I added a bit more color here and there to give some more contrast. After that all dried, I then stamped a sentiment with the same black ink.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I used a stitched rectangle die to add some interest on the teal card and on the sepia card I used a paper distresser to rough up the edges a bit, then I adhered both to card bases. Super simple, but still really special!

Wplus9 Doodle BudsI hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly

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Many Thanks

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I sent off that custom order of Welcome to Brooklyn cards a few weeks ago (phew!), and made sure to include a thank you card with the order. Once again I made use of my favorite coverplate die from Papertrey Ink, along with a thanks die from Wplus9.

Many thanks

I used some fun foam behind the stripes before attaching them to my card base to give the card some dimension. I cut the “thanks” several times from some mint cardstock and stacked them on top of each other to give the sentiment some oomph. I used the hand lettered thanks stamp set for the “many” which I white heat embossed onto a small strip of black cardstock. I added a few moonshine sequins to finish it all off!

Thanks

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly

 

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More Mini Cards with Wplus9 Botanical Bunch

As I mentioned in this previous post, I’ve been making several small 2.5″x3″ cards, including this order of cards made with Wplus9’s Botanical Bunch stamp to be put on display and sold at a local flower shop!

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

I made the cards in four different colors, pale pink, navy, apple green and black. I made sure each card was slightly different by positioning the  card base or the stamp in a slightly different way and making sure part of the design ran off the at least two edges of the card – this involved a little bit of masking. I was able to mass produce the cards really quickly by using my Mini Misti tool. Thank goodness for that thing. It makes stamping out the same image over and over easy, breezy.

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

I paired each card with a baby envelope (ordered from Paper Source) and then wrapped each card and envelope into its own clear plastic bag. I probably could have ordered a smaller size bag, but I went with it. I tied each set of two cards with some baker’s twine just to keep them all together neatly.

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

After I delivered the sets, I made sure to head back to the shop a few days later to get a photo of them on display! It was so fun to see some of my cards out in the real world. It really has me thinking about opening an etsy store…

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

Have a great weekend!

kimberly

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Tiny Cards

I was recently asked to make some business card sized cards – basically cards that are the same size as those that come attached to a bouquet of flowers from the florist. They were a lot of fun to make for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that the smaller size made it really easy to assemble just a few elements together to create a pretty little card. Plus they’re just so tiny and sweet!

Tiny cards

I tested out all different designs and techniques on the cards – some watercolor with emboss resist (a favorite of mine!), some ink blending with texture paste and stencils, and some simple stamping and copic coloring. Each card front measures about 3″x2.25″ meaning each card started with a 3″x4.5″ card base folded in half.

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I’m really loving the look of bold black sentiments lately, so you see a lot of those here. Cut from black cardstock, the black sentiments are made from dies by Simon Says Stamp – Smile, Enjoy, and Hello.

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The Smile stamp comes from the SSS Happy and Smile stamp set while the thank you sentiment comes from my trusty Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

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I think this hello card is my favorite. Something about the colors of the watercolor wash and that bold, black sentiment!

I hope everyone has an great weekend!

kimberly

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Father’s Day Card

Popping in today to share a Father’s Day card I made for a friend. I mentioned in my last post that I’m obsessed with clear embossing on watercolored panels so here we go again!

Father's Day card

I used a Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See background stamp for the panel. I stamped it with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I then added an orange-y watercolor wash over the top.

Father's Day card

For the sentiment, I die cut “dad” from my set of Louie’s ABC dies . I created a custom sentiment by pairing it with “you’re the best” from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set, which I stamped onto a strip of black cardstock. I heat embossed that part of the sentiment with white embossing powder and gave the whole sentiment some dimension by adding fun foam underneath the letters and the black cardstock before gluing it all to the panel.

Father's Day card

I then cut a piece of orange cardstock slightly bigger than my watercolor panel to mount the panel to before adhering everything to the card base. I decided the orange cardstock was a bit too bright and distracting, so I layered a piece of vellum on top of it to soften everything a bit.

Father's Day card

Voila! Another quick card on a watercolored panel. I’m kind of obsessed with the look. I hope you don’t mind! :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly