SSS: Resist Technique Challenge

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For the SSS ‘s Resist Flickr Challenge #56, I chose to use an embossed resist technique with Distress Inks.

I first stamped my floral images in Versamark ink and then heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.

To create a more autumn look, I used 3 Distress Inks for an ombre effect. The ombre effect was created at a slight diagonal across the card front. I started with Abandoned Coral distress ink in the upper left-hand corner, then blended Squeezed Lemonade and finally Wild Honey to finish midway. I then started to blend using Squeezed Lemonade at a diagonal across the second-half of the card and finished with Abandoned Coral at the bottom right-hand corner. I kept blending and adding more color as needed across the entire front of the card until everything looked blended.

I added sequins in pink and cream to the card as well. These sequins were from my stash, but I think they are from Neat & Tangled.

When I assembled the card, I cut down the card front to 4” x 5.5”, and placed 3M foam tape all over the back to raise the panel. I then matted this against an A2-sized piece of cardstock in a cardstock color that picked up the pinky/coral hues in the card front. This in turn was mounted onto a top-folding, portrait-oriented, A2-sized card base.

Hope you like the finished product! Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Look for the Miracles stamp set

Dies: SSS Painted Hello wafer thin die

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey; Versamark Ink

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Stampin’ Up cardstock in Regal Rose (now obsolete) for matting for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Others: Neat and Tangled Sequins in Cotton Candy and Buttercream; Hero Arts White embossing powder, 3M foam tape.

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge With Pinkfresh

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The October, 2016 Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge requires the use of any Pinkfresh Studio product with any Essentials by Ellen product.

I LOVE Pinkfresh patterned papers. Pinkfresh’s style is very modern, whimsical and graphic. Their latest patterned paper release, Indigo Hills is a great example of this.

I chose a piece of Pinkfresh’s 6×6 patterned paper that had graphic flowers along the bottom of the paper and paired it with Essentials by Ellen’s some flower dies from the Wild Garden die set. Several flowers were die-cut from the set and were added to the Pinkfresh patterned paper to further emphasize the graphic flowers on the paper. I used 2 different flower dies from the Wild Garden. For added dimension, I cut each flower three times using WPlus9’s Coal Mine cardstock (a charcoal-color) and adhered the three pieces on top of each other to create thicker, chipboard-like flowers.

Since the patterned paper was 6-inches square, I trimmed it down to a 5-inch square. I stamped a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen sentiment set, Lovely, in the upper right of the square. I then arranged the chipboard flowers onto the card front to fill in the open areas and balance the pattern. I used a glue pen to adhere the flowers. Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Charcoal (4mm and 6mm) were added as well.

I then cut a piece of the same WPlus9 charcoal cardstock to make a top-folding, 5.5-inch square card base. The card front was adhered to the base.

Overall, I really liked the end result. The results looked cohesive. The two different brands and the patterns and elements I chose were very complementary. I loved the use of charcoal and grays in this project.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Lovely (for the sentiment).

Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Wild Garden die set

Paper:
• Pinkfresh Studio: Indigo Hills patterned paper collection
• WPlus9: Coal Mine (charcoal) 100# cardstock – for card base and die-cut flowers

Inks: Tsukineko VersaColor pigment ink in Charcoal.

Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sequins: Charcoal (4mm and 6mm); Zig 2-way Glue Pen.

So Many Reasons to be Happy

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The theme for SSS Flickr Challenge is ‘Anything Goes’. So, I decide to try a technique for creating beautiful inlay backgrounds. This was demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire on her blog post called Easy Die Cut Inlay Backgrounds

A friend of mine gave me some leftover gold shimmer cardstock she had from her wedding invitations. I believe this cardstock was purchased from Paper Source. I’m not really sure. But Simon Says Stamp just released some glimmer cardstock as part of their Stamptember Release. I ordered an assortment, but it hasn’t arrived as yet. I was eager to try Jennifer’s technique, so I used what my friend gave me and I was impressed with the results

This technique produces beautiful backgrounds and is so easy to do! I won’t go on about the technique, Jennifer McGuire does such a beautiful job of this, so just click on the blog post link I mention above.

I used several die from SSS to create this card. The background was created using their Maple Leaf Corner die. I angled this die several different ways across the shimmer cardstock to create the inlay pattern. There were some spots that couldn’t be filled in because of the size and angle of the corner die. For these spots, I used the individual Stitched Maple Trio Dies to fill in what spaces I could. The dies from the trio set coordinate with the Maple Leaf Corner die.

I cut 2 large maples leaves using the Stitched Grand Maple die from vellum to make a sturdy platform for my sentiment. I heat emboss my sentiment with copper embossing powder on one of the large maple leaves. I added bronze sequins to this leaf, attaching them with glue dots. I added glue dots to the back of the leaf underneath the sequins and adhered the second maple leaf to it. More glue dots were then added to the back of the double-layered vellum leaf to adhere them to the card front.

The inlay front was cut down to 4 inches by 5.25 inches and mounted with white fun foam and then adhered to a top-folding A2 portrait-oriented card base.

I was very pleased with the results. The card has a very elegant feel to it and it was a fairly easy technique to use. Thanks Jennifer for showing us this technique!

Hope you all have many, many beautiful reasons to be happy!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:
SSS: Uplifting Thoughts

Dies:
SSS Maple Leaf Corner Die; SSS Stitched Maple Trio Dies; SSS Stitched Grand Maple Die.

Inks:
Versmark Ink.

 Cardstock:
Neenah Solar White 80# for the front card panel, Gold Shimmer cardstock from Paper Source?; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Bazzill 40# Vellum for sentiment base.

Other:
Hero Arts embossing powder in Copper; Pretty Pink Posh 6mm flat sequins in Bronze.

I Love Fall Most of All

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This month’s Mix It Up Challenge on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog requires the use of any creative combination of Essentials by Ellen and Concord & 9th stamps.

I chose to create a card with warm autumnal colors to welcome the Fall season. The leaves used in this card feature leaves from Essentials by Ellen’s Autumn Acorns and Concord & 9th’s Give Thanks stamp sets. The sentiment is from the Give Thanks set.

I used my MISTI stamping tool to help me stamp the leaves to ensure that I got good impressions of the solid leaf images as well as their outline images. I love the line images from both sets and you could make tons of different cards with these sets.

The sentiment piece was die cut from vellum using a stitched die. It was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using Copper embossing powder.

I cut down the original card front by 1/8 of an inch on the top and bottom so that the final length was 4 inches by 5.5 inches across. The card panel was mounted on rust-colored A2 card mat and then the entire front was mounted on a top-folding, landscape oriented A2 card.

Hope you enjoy the fall colors as much as I do.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:
Concord & 9th: Give Thanks; Essentials by Ellen: Autumn Acorns

Dies:
WPlus9 – Gift Card Layers Die (stitched rectangle from this set).

Inks:
Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks in Raspberry Jam, Just Rust, Butter Bar and Cup O’ Joe (outline for the leaves) ; Hero Arts Bold Inks in Caramel, Tangerine and Moss; Versmark Ink.

Cardstock:
Neenah Solar White 80# for the front card panel, Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile as mat for the card panel; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Bazzill 40# Vellum for stitched-rectangular sentiment.

Other:
Hero Arts embossing powder in Copper; Pretty Pink Posh 6mm flat sequins in Bronze and 4mm cupped sequins in Bronze.

Happy B-Day: SSS Flickr Challenge #52

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The Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #52  theme is “CUT IT OUT!” This means creating a card using some die-cutting.

Wallis Simpson (formerly the Duchess of Windsor) once said, “You can never be too rich or too thin.”, however my take on the quote is, “You can never have too many stamps or too many die-cuts.” LOL

That being said, I tried to use NO stamping and only die-cutting on this project. However, I wimped out a bit on this when I realized I need a little texture for the background. So I used a background stamp.

The SSS Hexagon Pattern Circle die reminds me of a honeycomb and bees, so I decided the card was going to be a B-day card.

I used the SSS Painted Happy Birthday wafer die and cut it out of black cardstock. To emphasize the “bee” or “B” theme, I cut apart the word birthday so I only used the “B” and the “day” for the birthday part of the sentiment.

I realized as I planned the layout of the card, it kind of looked plain. So I used one of my new background stamps from Concord & 9th (absolutely love their stamps) to simulate the wood you would find in those wooden beehives in apiaries.

The structure of the card was simple after die-cutting all the pieces. I used a piece of A2 sized orange colored cardstock and stamped the wood background onto it with some orange ink for a more subtle tone-on-tone pattern. I later cut this down by a quarter of an inch on each of the dimensions so that it was 4-inches by 5.25-inches.

Using the solid circle die that comes with the Hexagon circle die set, I cut a circle in the exact spot I wanted the open hexagon circle to be. I mounted the solid circle piece to the back of the hexagon circle and this was mounted onto black fun foam for dimension.

The orange wood background piece was mounted onto a top-folding A2 portrait-oriented card base and then the entire circle piece was placed over the die-cut hole in the card front. I made sure that the woodgrain behind the circle lined up with the wood background piece before adhering it to the front of the card.

I die cut a cute bee from black cardstock with Paper Smooches’ Bee Dies. There are two bees in that die set and I used the one that was carrying a little heart. The black outline of the bee was used and I also die cut the same bee from some bright yellow cardstock scrap and used that for the bee’s stripes and wings. The black-outlined bee was adhered to the bottom left of the circle and I then glued the little stripe and wing pieces in using a glue pen. The heart at the bottom of the bee’s feet was die cut from a scrap of yellow/gold glitter paper from my stash. I added a tiny black enamel dot for the bee’s eye (also from my stash).

The “Happy”, “B,” and “day” word pieces were mounted onto black fun foam and then glued to the front of the hexagon circle.

There is a lot of assembly involved when making a card using mostly dies, but it is rewarding once the final project is complete. I like the dimension on the card created by the raised sentiment and different die cut pieces.

Hope you have a bee-you-tiful day!

 

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp: Hexagon Circle wafer die set, Painted Happy Birthday wafer die; Paper Smooches: Bees die.

Stamps:  Concord & 9th: Barnwood Background stamp.

Ink:  Simon Says Stamp: Orange Peel.

Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Cardstock: Burnt Orange (for the hexagon circle); Orange Peel (for the card front); Black (for the sentiment, bee outline piece, and card base); yellow scrap cardstock from my stash (stripes on the bee’s body and wings).

Other: Small black enamel dot (for bee’s eye) from my stash; yellow/gold glitter paper (for bee’s body stripes) from my stash.

It’s Your Time to Bloom: Pin-Sights Challenge

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The inspirational photo shown below was provided as a starting point for the Ellen Hutson August, 2016 Pin-Sights Challenge.

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The beautiful floral images in this photo are my point of reference for this challenge as well as the soft, graceful pleats on the back of the bride’s gown.

To imitate the pleats, I used the W R Memory Keeps Next Level 3D embossing folder named Wave. There are two folders in this set, and I chose to use the one with the soft wavy linear lines. I can’t say enough about how I love WRMK’s 3D embossing folders. I have a few of the sets and can’t say which one is my favorite. If you like interesting and unique dimension in your cards like I do, try out one of these folder sets. They really give a card that special something. I don’t know if my photo of the card does the wave pattern justice. The lines are so pretty and subtle.

Since I had decided on using an embossing folder for the background, I chose to use die-cut flowers on top of the embossing. I didn’t think stamping on the embossed surface would produce a clean stamped image. The Essentials by Ellen line has a lot of beautiful floral dies. I chose a flower die and leaves from the Wild Garden die set.

I die cut the flowers and leaves from the set using Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. Using sponge daubers, I used distress inks to color the flowers and leaves. I used separate daubers for each color. The flowers were blended using the colors Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry. The leaves were colored by blending Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio. The die-cut flower pieces and leaves were assembled and glued onto the embossed card front as you see.

The sentiment was heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto a double-stitched circle. Sparkling Clear sequins were added to the front of the circle with micro glue dots. The circle was then glued to the card using the same micro glue dots hidden behind the clear sparkling sequins on the circle.

Since the card front was slightly warped due to the embossing, I cut down its original size from 4.25” by 5.5” to 4.0” by 5.25”. The piece was then adhered to a piece of white fun foam cut slightly smaller in dimension.  I used Be Creative Tape for this.

The front of the card was then mounted onto a top-folding, portrait-oriented card base cut from Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

Hope you like my inspiration for the Pin-Sights Challenge.

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: Wild Garden; My Favorite Things: Doubled-Stitched Circle Stax die set.

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment).

Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D Embossing Folders: Wave.

Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron,  Cracked Pistachio ; Versamark Ink.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80#; Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Vellum 40#.

Other:   WOW Pale Rich Gold embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins;

Be-You-Ti-Ful: Pin Sights Challenge

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I’ve never applied to any cardmaking blog to be a guest artist before. So I’m taking the leap and applying as a Pin-Sight guest artist for Ellen Hutson’s Classroom!

I decided to create a card with a very graphic look using two of my favorite Essentials by Ellen products: Bokeh Dots stamp set and the Be-You-Tiful word die. I like bold colors and shapes when creating graphic cards and I think the neon pink against the black elements in the card create that effect.

The supplies in this card are pretty minimal compared to some other cards I have made. I used two different inks, three different cardstocks and two Essentials by Ellen products. Less is more when I create a graphic card.

How I made this card:
I used the sketchy circles from the Bokeh Dots set and stamped a random pattern using black ink on A2-sized piece of white cardstock. I then used one of the solid dots from the set to stamp bright pink dots in the center of most of the sketchy circles.

The die-cut sentiment was created by cutting the die piece 3 times and adhering the 3 dies together using a glue pen. This gave the sentiment more dimension. I also cut a 2-inch by 2.5-inch piece of vellum to which I matted the sentiment and then glued this to the front of the card. The vellum made the sentiment stand out against the busy circle pattern.

I decided that the pattern looked better with a frame. So, I cut down the A2 card front down to 4 inches by 5.25 inches and matted the card front to an A2-sized piece of black cardstock. The entire piece was then mounted onto an top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

I like the way this card turned out. The colors remind me of Good and Plenty candy! Unfortunately, I’m not a real fan of the candy, but I am a fan of the colors!

Hope you like my card!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Bokeh Dots

Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Be-You-Tiful die

Inks: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Hero Arts Neon Ink: Neon Pink.

Cardstocks: Neenah Solar White 80lb. for card front; Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock: Licorice Twist; Bazzill Vellum 40lb.

Sending You Sunny Smiles

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Summer is here (almost).  Bring on the sunshine and lots of it! Here’s how I made the card for the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge.

Hero Art mid-tone shadow ink was used to stamp the sun from a SSS stamp set and then the sun was die-cut using the coordinating die.

I die cut a white panel from 80# cardstock and I also used the same die to cut on a frame from blue cardstock. The die I used cuts stitches inside the die-cut piece as well as outside it. I really like the double-stitching effect.

The white panel was ink-blended using a cloud template. I moved the template around to create staggered clouds using Distress inks. I love how it turned out. The sentiment was stamped in black ink.

I then glued the blue frame onto an A2 card base and glued the white panel inside the frame. I die-cut a piece of white fun foam using the same die I used to cut out the stamped sun and mounted the fun foam onto the back of the stamped sun and adhered it to the card front as you see here.

Blue sequins in various shades and sizes were added as embellishments to finish the card.

Happy sunshine!!

 

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: SSS: My Sunshine (sun image); Hero Arts: Beach stamp set (sentiment)

Dies: SSS: Sunshine die (coordinates with the SSS My Sunshine stamp set); My Favorite Things: Die-namics: Inside & Out Rectangle STAX.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for front card panel; Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores (Frame); Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Stencil:  Cloud Template (stencil) from Impress Cards and Crafts.

Inks: Hero Arts: mid-tone Shadow Ink in Butter Bar (sun); Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass for blended sky/clouds; Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (sentiment).

Other: Avery Elle sequins in Caribbean Blue.

You Are My Person: EH Challenge

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The Ellen Hutson May Mix It Up Challenge includes the use of any product(s) by Savvy Stamps.

I used a very large flower from Savvy Stamps and a couple of stamp images from two of Essentials by Ellen stamp sets. I’ve admired Savvy Stamps for a few years now. I was first introduced to the brand through Impress Rubber Stamps, a store in Seattle with an online shop.

I happened to stumble upon the Impress Rubber Stamps online store in my internet searches for interesting stamps and supplies a few years ago when I first began my stamping addiction. Impress really has a good selection of stamps, dies, embellishments and other supplies. Also, Julie Ebersole, one of my favorite card makers, occasionally teaches classes there. Unfortunately, I don’t live near Seattle to take one of Julie’s classes, though I’d love to.

All the images you see here were first stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink since I knew I wanted to color the images using Copic markers. Memento ink doesn’t smear when you color over it with Copics. I used so many Copic marker colors in the yellow/yellow-orange and blue families.

The butterfly was stamped onto white cardstock and then colored. A die-cut from a coordinating die was used to cut out the butterfly and then it was mounted onto the card front with dimensional foam dots.  The large flower stamp was stamped onto a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of cardstock twice and then colored with Copics. The sentiment was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black as well.

I decided to cut down the card front to 4.00”x5.25” and mount it onto a piece of 4.25”x5.5” black cardstock. The black edge around the card front really makes the colors and images stand out. The entire piece was glued to a top-folding 4.25”x5.5” card base.

Hope you like the project.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  Savvy Stamp: Large Flower Blossom; Essentials by Ellen stamp set: Up the Happy (butterfly) and Mondo Magnolia (sentiment).

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copic markers: various in the yellow/yellow-orange and blue families.

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: Up the Happy coordinating dies (butterfly).

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# card front; Papertrey Ink: True Black (card front mat); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base).

SSS Flickr Challenge #43

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The Simon Says Stamp’s Flickr Challenge#43 is all about ink blending.

I used Distress Inks as the medium for my ink blending. Starting with a dark blue (Blueprint Sketch) from the bottom of the card front, I then blended a medium blue (Faded Jeans) further up and finally used a lighter blue (Tumbled Glass) as above the cloud line. T

I blended a bit of yellow (Sequeezed Lemonade) in the upper left hand corner to give a hint of the sun.

The clouds were all stamped on 80# Neenah Solar White with Versmark ink and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I used the dies that coordinate with the cloud stamps to die-cut the clouds. I die-cut one additional cloud from craft foam to use as a backing for the center cloud so that the cloud was raised from the other clouds. This gave the clouds a more dimensional look.

The raindrops were also stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in silver as was the sentiment.

With so much ink blending and heat embossing, the card front became a little warped. The card front was originally 4.25” x 5.5”, but I trimmed it down to 4” x 5.5” and then matted the card front onto a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of navy card stock to reduce the warping. I also though the navy-colored mat made the card front stand out a little more. The entire thing was then mounted on an A2 top-folding card base.

I hope this card doesn’t appear to gloomy even though the sentiment is a positive one.

Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Falling Backgrounds (raindrops); Simon Says Stamp Cloudy Sky (clouds and sentiment).

Dies: Simon Says Stamp die set: Clouds.

Inks: Versamark Ink; Distress Inks: Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, and Squeezed Lemonade.

Card stock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Simon Says Stamp card stock in Soft Navy (mat for the card front).

Other:  Hero Arts silver embossing powder.

Hello Spring: SSS Flickr Challenge #42

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The theme for the forty-second Simon Says Challenge is things that remind us of spring.

Bright colored flowers always remind me of spring. Spring colors are always so fresh and vivid which is such a contrast from the gray days of winter. I used bright colors for my flowers and bright green for the stems. I imitated the bright flower beds I see planted in the spring.

I added butterflies that were punched out of bright pink cardstock using an old Martha Stewart’s punch.

This card is fairly simple no special stamping techniques and I didn’t add any special background because I just wanted all the flowers and butterflies to pop.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Flowers stamp set.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Painted Hello.; Martha Stewart butterflies punch (obsolete).

Inks: Papertrey Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, and New Leaf.

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz for the punched butterflies, New Leaf for matting the card front.

 

 

 

All My Love: Ellen Hutson Pin Sight Challenge

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The inspiration for Ellen Hutson’s March Pin Sights Challenge incorporates lots of shades of green with gold. Here are the images for this challenge:

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Since I knew I wanted a water-colored background, I decided to use the smooth side of a sheet of Tim Holtz’s Distress Watercolor Cardstock for the card front. Stamping on the smooth side would give me crisper embossed images.

I first inked my flower images and their stems with Versamark and then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. I then did the same for the butterfly image and the sentiment.

While I love the greens, the only green inks I had were from Papertrey Ink so I used greens that were similar to the inspiration images.  In order to get the blended greens in the background, I placed my ink pad face down onto a plastic palette and “smooshed” the inks onto the surface. I then watered down the colors with a lot of water from my paint brush and then painted the background with the inks.

The butterfly was colored using the same green inks in a less-watered down version and a wet brush.

I mounted the finished card front onto fun foam to even out the warping from the heat embossing and then matted that on top of forest green cardstock.

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen: Up the Happy; Bold Blooms; Love You So (sentiment).

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Ocean Tides and Mint Julep; Versamark for embossed images.

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock; Papertrey Ink: Pinefeather as a mat for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

Other: WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale.