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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Masking Tape Technique

This is a very easy card to make.

You will need:
White cardstock (glossy or plain)
Masking Tape
Several colors or dye ink
(or Brilliance pigment ink if you are using glossy cardstock)
Stipple brushes
Small stamps

1. Tear long pieces of masking tape off the roll and stick themto your clothes. (Yes, I know this sounds strange, but itremoves some of the stickiness so it won't tear your cardstock when you remove it later).

2. Remove the masking tape from your clothes and tear random pieces of the masking tape into strips. The narrower the strips the better.

3. Place the torn strips on the white cardstock (see picture below).

4. With your stipple brush, randomly apply your dye ink to the cardstock, leaving the masking tape in place. If you are using glossy cardstock, Brilliance ink looks great, giving it a glimmery sheen. If you are using regular cardstock, regular dye ink works well, too. See the following picture.

5. Leaving the masking tape still in place, randomly stamp your images all over the cardstock, the closer together the better. You can even overlap images if you desire. See the photo below.

6. Now carefully remove the masking tape. The masking tape will still be wet, so don't get the ink on your fingers and smear it on your beautiful card.

7. Trim the finished piece and fit it on your card and viola! A beautiful masterpiece.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Dragonfly Card

This card looks more complicated than it actually is.

You will need:

  • glossy cardstock
  • a couple complentary colors of dye re-inkers
  • matte cardstock for the backing
  • stamps of your choice
  • page protector with 3 sides open
  • brayer
  • embossing powder
  • heat gun
  • pigment ink

I used Stampsations #371H-18 (Whimsical dragonfly) and My Paper Moon #03-178G (Take a Little Time ) stamps, which can be found here:

First you will need to prepare your glossy cardstock. To do this, cut 2 pieces 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 (you will have one left over for anothr project). Put several drops of dye re-inkers inside the page protector and smoosh around with your fingers. But not too much - you don't want to muddy the colors. Open page protector and put the glossy cardstock inside, glossy side out (back to back). Now run your brayer over the cardstock until it's mostly colored. Some white is okay. Remove from page protector and let dry.

Once the glossy cardstock is dry, stamp your image with pigment ink onto the glossy cardstock, apply embossing powder and heat set. Stamp sentiment in same way.

I cut the 2 apart, but you could just as easily leave them together.

Mount onto the front of your cardstock and you are done!

Easy card that looks good.

Friday, February 2, 2007

The Forest At Night

This card was made using green and purple dye inks. I stippled the inks onto white cardstock. Stamp the fir stamp a couple of times before reinking, giving the illusion of trees in the background. Keep stamping the fir stamp until you have all the spaces filled.

With a white Galaxy marker, put dots in the sky to represent stars. The moon was made with a circle punch and white cardstock. Mat onto an A2 card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").