Sunday, March 26, 2017

Masked Heart Card

Awhile back had seen a video on Youtube by KWerner masking a heart shape and using distressed inks for her card. Decided I would try this out and here is my card:

Really liked how my card turned out for the first try. Again I used the watercolour card stock from Hobby Lobby --- next time will use the Mixed Media card stock by Strathmore but was not sure how this would work out so I used the other card stock instead. If you watch the video you will see with each step you use the heat tool to dry your inks and water. I will say this watercolour card stock did okay with the extra heating of it but am sure the Strathmore card stock will do better.

Cut my piece of watercolour card stock to the size I needed for my card front. For her heart shape she traced around a metal heart die she had on hand. I did the same using the largest heart die I had in a hearts die set. I put the heart die centered on my card stock and traced around that using a light pencil mark.

I had no masking fluid (Frisket) on hand so picked up a full kit at Hobby Lobby during my last visit to the store. Here is what I used:

As she used in her video I used a small paint brush to apply a thin coat of the masking fluid. She explains using a thin coat the mask will dry faster so you can work on your card in just a few minutes. Here is a photo of these hearts surrounded with the masking fluid (will be using the second heart piece for another card later):

With the masking fluid dry I used a clean paint brush dipped in clean water and covered the heart with water. Like she did I put my three distressed ink colours onto a large acrylic block and added a wet paint brush to the inks to put them onto my heart image.  As suggested in the video dab the ink colours onto the heart and do not brush them on. Let the water move the inks around. With the three inks covering the heart I used the heat tool to dry the inks. Once dried I used a mister and misted water onto my hand -- shook it over the heart piece so it would land onto the heart randomly. Used a clean paper towel to cover the heart and soak up the excess water. The water removes the distressed inks from the heart:

Back to the heat tool to dry the water splatters. Once dried I peeled off the masking fluid around the heart shape. Using a small clean paint brush I dipped that in clean water and then dipped it into the inks on the acrylic block I used for the heart. Lightly tapped and flicked the paint brush over my heart image piece. At first I had very little splatters but for these colours I wanted them to show up more so I just added more splatters of each ink colour. With all the colours splattered over the heart piece again I used the heat tool to dry the splatters:

For my greeting I used a stamp from a Fun Stampers Journey stamp set Thoughtful Greetings. First I used the embossing buddy over the heart piece. Used VersaMark ink and stamped the greeting onto the heart. Covered that with black embossing powder and heat set that.

With all steps completed I cut and scored a piece of turquoise card stock with the scored fold line at the top of the card. Put my heart piece onto this turquoise card stock base using the ATG. Added a clear crystal from the stash to the greeting on the heart:

This card was fun to put together and easier than it may sound but next time I will definitely use a better quality watercolour card stock that can take the water, heat, inks, heat, water, heat with no problems. This card stock did get wavy but it flattened down once all the liquid and heating was stopped. Thanks to KWerner for sharing her video and cute card using items she had on hand. TFL

Here is the video link:

Poppies Birthday Card

Card stock base is #110 black card stock from Mikes. Used watercolour card stock from Hobby Lobby. Poppy stamp is from Technique Junkies. Used Memento black ink to stamp flowers onto the watercolour card stock.

To begin with I cut the watercolour card a bit larger than the background Poppy stamp. Used the MISTI with creative corners and stamped the poppy stamp. Wanted the black on the flowers to really stand out so I inked the stamp again and stamped it a second time.

Once that was dry I used distressed inks and went from lighter to darker inks for the poppies. The center of the poppies I used the darker red/orange distressed inks. Did not want this darker ink to have an edge to it so once this piece was all inked I used a paint brush and dipped it in clean water and went over the stamped image. This softened the edges of one colour meeting the next:

Set it aside to dry. Once dried I trimmed this stamped piece to the size I would need for my card front. The above photo shows the blending of the inks.

For the greeting I used a stamp from a set of stamps on clearance at Hobby Lobby by My Sentiments Exactly. Stamped that onto scrap white card stock and used ColorBox black ink for that. For the black card stock behind the image I used the Stampin Up Finishing Touches framelit with the decorated scalloped edge and cut out a piece of black card stock using the Big Shot. Trimmed my greeting piece to the size I needed and then put the die cut black piece behind it using the ATG. Once my stamped card front was dry I used the ATG to put the greeting piece across that. Trimmed off the sides even with the stamped piece.

To assemble the card I cut my black #110 weight card stock base to the size I needed with the score fold on the side. Used a bone folder to crease that. Cut a piece of white/GP for the card front. With the stamped image and greeting piece complete I put them onto the white/GP piece using the ATG. Used the ATG and put these onto the black card stock base. Added black crystals to the greeting piece. TFL

Saturday, March 11, 2017

St. Patty's Day Cards

Used the same layout using two different St. Patrick's Day printed card stocks from Hobby Lobby. Both cards are on a #110 weight white card stock from Mikes. Here is the first card:

Used a light green card stock for the card front. The white card front piece is GP white. Used a hexagon punch for the card front and the printed card stocks. Used a smaller hexagon punch for the small white hexagon the shamrock is on.

Cut and scored the white card stock base with the fold at the top. Cut the light green card stock for the card front. Put this piece onto the white card stock base using the ATG. For the white/GP card front I used the larger hexagon punch and just punched the card stock. Using that same punch I punched out five of the printed card stock pieces. Used the ATG for adhesive and put these onto the card front using the ATG.

Stamped the "Happy St. Patrick's Day" stamp in dark green above the printed hexagon pieces. Using pop dots I put this onto the green card front. Used a smaller hexagon punch and punched out a white hexagon and put that in the center of the hexagon on the card front using the ATG for adhesive. Used a small shamrock punch and punched out a dark green shamrock. Used clear Wink of Stella to add sparkle to that:

Put the glittery shamrock onto the white hexagon piece using a glue dot. Used a small flower punch for the three flowers on the card front. Added clear crystals to those. Used glue dots to put them on the card front.

Here is the other card using another shamrock printed card stock:

Easy card to put together and with the different prints the card have a totally different look. TFL