Friday, April 20, 2018


Everyday Tintables Card Pack Cards
Concord and 9th sent me a free set of these card fronts.  The are basically debossed watercolor paper - the paper around the dots and "just a note" sentiment is higher and catches the ink while the sentiment and dots remain white.   Here's two of the four types of card fronts, which I cut down from the original 6"x6" size.  

I inked the dots panel with Distress Oxide inks in pinks and purples, then wiped it with a baby wipe to clean off the dots and blend the inks.  Since I didn't have a matching top folding note card, I inked the left and right edges of a white card with distress oxide ink to match the center panel.  I used the same color ink for the "enjoy it all" sentiment (by Concord and 9th) which I embossed with clear embossing powder on a piece of vellum.  I wrapped the vellum around the panel and mounted it on fun foam before attaching to the card base.  The strip sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped with the same distress oxide ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I mounted the strip to the card front with foam tape to add some dimension.  The flower and flower center are from my stash.

The lower card was covered with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink.  Using the Sketched Stripe Background stamp by Concord and 9th, I stamped the stripes using Jennifer McGuire's Layered Oxide Stamping technique and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink.  I misted some water over the panel and let it oxidize.  After drying, I cut the panel into a banner shape and tied baker's twine around the top.  I added fun foam behind the banner before attaching it to the green note card from Michaels.  The flower was from my stash and I used Ivory Nuvo Drops for the flower center.

I have more examples of cards from the Everyday Tintables Card Pack coming up in future posts.

Faux Inlay Celebrate You Card
Here's another faux inlay card using Jennifer McGuire's technique.  I used an alcohol colored piece of cardstock which has Micro Glaze on it for some shine.  I attached the die-cut panel to a white notecard.  The "celebrate YOU" dies are made by Concord and 9th.  The "YOU" is cut from blue cardstock and I added some shimmer with a Nuvo glitter pen.  The shadow is cut from vellum. I added some Dew Drops for added dimension.  The would be a great masculine card for birthdays or congratulations.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Faux Inlay Hello Card


Faux Inlay Hello Card
Jennifer McGuire's video "Easy Die Cut Inlay" inspired this card.  I used dies from Tonic's Sunburst Gazania set to cut the background from an alcohol colored piece of cardstock with Micro Glaze to give it a sheen.  This background piece is attached to a piece of fun foam, then attached to a yellow notecard from Michaels.  I used Concord and 9th's Hello die to cut the large sentiment from matching colors of cardstock and adhered it to the center of the card front.  The lower sentiment is from The Pink Stamper.  I used Versacolor ink with clear embossing powder to stamp the sentiment on matching cardstock and attached it to the card front with foam tape.  I added some Dew Drops for embellishments.
Heart and Daisy Notecard
This card is somewhat out of my comfort zone since it has a black background.  First, I stamped the flower image (Hearts and Swirls by Dare 2B Artzy) on the black cardstock, using Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.  I also stamped the image on scrap white cardstock, using the same ink and embossing powder. I added Distress Oxide inks to the center of the black panel with an ink blending tool - sorry I don't remember which colors I used.  The heart, flowers and leaves were colored with watercolor pencils and blended with a water pen.  Then I fussy cut out the heart, daisies and leaves and glued it over the stamped image on the card.  Lastly, I attached the black panel to a white notecard.  I like the way the image really stands out against the dark background.

Life is Better Mandala Card
This card uses the negative space from the card in the previous post.  It's a piece of cardstock colored with alcohol inks, with Micro Glaze on top to protect the colors and give a little sheen.  I used Versacolor inks, clear embossing powder and the Many Mandalas stamp set (by Concord and 9th) to make the mandala inside the diecut space.  "Life is better" is in the Many Mandalas set and I used Versafine ink and clear embossing powder to make it stand out.  "With somebody you love" is also in the Many Mandalas stamp set.  I used Versamark ink and white embossing powder on black cardstock and attached the sentiment to the card with foam tape.  I added dots with Ivory Nuvo Drops to the black cardstock, and pink glitter Nuvo Drops to the mandala for embellishments. I like getting two cards from one background piece.
A Wonderful Day Card
This card uses the Many Mandalas stamps and dies from Concord and 9th.  I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder on a panel I made using alcohol inks on cardstock, using ideas from Jennifer McGuire's "Alcohol Ink Details" video.  I die cut the mandala and the white center using the coordinating dies and trimmed the lower sentiment to fit the card. I stamped the sentiment on the small center using a pink ink from Versacolor and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I attached it to the larger mandala with foam tape.  I attached that unit to the front of a white notecard and placed the lower sentiment strip at the bottom of the notecard.  Finally, I used pink glitter Nuvo drops to add some embellishment to the card.
Stamped Distress Oxide Background Thank You Card
Here's another card using Jennifer McGuire's "Layered Oxide Stamping" method for the beautiful background.  Here's how I did it:  first I covered a white panel with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Ink - I just smoosh the ink pad onto the panel until it's covered.  Then I dried it with a heat gun.  Next I positioned it in my Misti so the Arabesque Medallion stamp (from Altenew) is centered over the panel.  I inked the stamp with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink, lightly misted it with water and made the image.  (By letting the stamp rest on the background a little longer than normal, more of the wet ink will react with the background ink).  Then I inked the stamp with more Squeezed Lemonade and stamped again to make the color a little brighter.  I diecut a circle from light green cardstock.  I inked a scrap of white cardstock with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink, dried it and diecut the "thank you" sentiment (made by Tonic) from it.  The sentiment was glued to the circle and the circle attached to the card with foam tape to give some dimension.   The blue panel was attached to fun foam before I attached it to a light green notecard from Michaels.  Finally, I used Apple Green Nuvo drops for a little embellishment. I love this background technique and wish I had more pretty background stamps to make more cards.