Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Gorgeously Green Beauty

Hello! Todays project is quite versatile, suitable for a birthday, a thank-you or just to say you're thinking of them.  The background is done with spray inks and is quite fun to do.  The stamping is gold embossed and the sentiment and hearts was die cut from ink-blended card stock.  Let's get started.
Strathmore 140 lb cold press Watercolor paper
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Altenew Hennah Elements stamp set
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Superfine Embossing Powder
VersaMark ink
Dylusions Cut Grass spray ink
Distress Spray Stain in Twisted Citron
Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray in Lucky Shamrock Green
Concord & 9th Beautiful You die set
Distress Ink in Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral
1/2" Scor-tape
Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Outline dies
Stick-It Adhesive Sheets

Step 1)  Make your background.  I use a full 11" by 14" sheet of watercolor paper and cut it down after it's dry.  For the piece I used in this card, I used the three shades of green listed and I have a full tutorial here.  Cut a 4.5" by 6" piece and run it through the Big Shot with the largest of the Stitched Rectangles die set.
Step 2)  Stamp the flower images on Post-It notes and cut out to use as masks.  Using the MISTI, position your images as desired on your background and stamp in VersaMark (this is a clear ink, so you make not see the images).  Add the embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to melt.  Keep filling in the design, using the masks as needed to prevent overlapping lines.
Step 3)  Using a scrap of white cardstock (mine was 4.25" by 5.5"), Distress Inks and a blending tool, make the ink blended piece.  I started with Abandoned Coral in the bottom right corner, Picked Raspberry diagonally across the middle and finished with Wilted Violet.  Use light pressure and keep the tool at a slight angle, working in circular motions.  Overlap where the colors meet to create a seamless blend.
Step 4)  Add Stick-It Adhesive to the back of the ink-blended piece.  Position the Beautiful You dies to get all three colors in the die cuts, if possible.  Run through the Big Shot.  Position Heart Outline dies over the colors you want and run those through as well.  Remove the backing from the die cuts and add them, starting with the "beautiful YOU" and heart.  Scatter the tiny hearts all around, using as many or as few as you like.
Step 5)  Add scor-tape to the back of the focal panel and adhere to a card base.  Our card is complete!

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me today! Feel free to ask questions and let me know what you think!

Much love,

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