Thinking of You….

Hey, hi!

Sometimes, when I think of a cool idea that I want to remember to try, I make a note in my phone to remind myself.  Well this one has been popping up every time I look at my list of errands to run and tasks, for a VERY long time!  And when I got this PhotoPlay stamp set called Thinking of You from the store last fall, I knew this is the set I’d use for this idea.


Let me walk you through the process.  The basic idea, is to fill in a background of images, leaving a space masked for the sentiment to stand out.  You can do this with any of your large background stamps, or a group of many small stamp images.  Here’s where I started.  I assembled some oval dies, a roll of Post-It paper, the stamps I intended to use, and my MISTI.


I began by die cutting an oval from the Post-It paper the size that would best frame the sentiments in the Thinking of You stamp set.


I cut the oval out and discarded the negative piece.


Next, I butted my watercolor paper card panel into the corner of the MISTI, positioned the oval sticky paper where I wanted it to be and laid an assortment of the little stamps from the Thinking of You stamp set all around the oval paper mask and started stamping.  Using the MISTI makes it possible to repeat your stamping and get it PERFECT every time you stamp.  Because I’m stamping on watercolor paper, which has a subtle texture, I know the first stamping won’t be perfect, so the opportunity to repeat the inking and stamping multiple times, stress free, is a game changer, lemme tell you!


Once I was finished the first stamping, I cleaned off the stamps and moved them around, stamping and filling in all the areas until the whole card front was covered.  I found it was best to work in clusters to make sure the card was evenly covered and that there were no areas left with not enough space for a stamp to fill in. Y’know?


The next step was to use a black liner pen to draw an outline around the oval sticky paper before peeling it off.


Now I have a nice clean space where I can stamp the sentiment.  If you don’t have any dies or Post-It paper on hand, you could trace your shape and hand cut it, or use an electronic cutter like the Silhouette, to cut the shape from scrap cardstock, then adhere it in place using temporary adhesive.  For this purpose, you’ll find it sticks well enough for the job, then removes easily when you’re finished, in the meantime, providing a nice firm edge to draw against when you outline the shape with the liner pen.


I used my watercolor paints to fill in the shapes as well as the background of the card panel, then set it aside to dry.


Here’s is the finished card from that stamp set.



That was too much fun to stop at just one card!  I wanted to try it with a background stamp so I chose the Botanical stamp from Carta Bella, and stamped the card front with the oval mask in place, onto two different colors of card stock, grey and light teal.



I stamped onto the grey card stock with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  (It looks white in the photo, but that’s just the reflected shine.)



I rotated the card front for this card to create a landscape oriented card, and stamped with Versamark ink again, and heat embossed with white embossing powder this time.  I decided then that they needed something more, so I used the black Copic liner pen on the grey card and a white Signo Uniball pen on the teal card, and drew stitches all along the inside of the masked oval line.  A few Tonic Studios Nuvo drops to complete the cards.


I hope you give this technique a try!  It’s very versatile depending on the stamps you own, and fun to do!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on April 4, 2018

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…are my favorite flowers.  As well as Sweet Peas.  And Peonies.  Mostly Sweet Peas though.  But also Hollyhocks.

So I was delighted to see the Impression Obsession Hollyhock die set in the store when I last visited Winkler!   I’ll admit though, I had a moment of wondering what the point of dies alone was?  Like.  Where were the coordinating stamps??  Turns out, there isn’t any that match.  And there doesn’t need to be any either.  I cut these from watercolor paper and just watercolor painted them.  It was so easy!  If you can hold a paint brush, you can color these hollyhock dies!


To make this card, I ran the two stalks of Hollyhock dies through my die cutting machine with some watercolor paper.  I made sure that the dies were positioned where I would want them to be on a finished card front.  But when I finished die cutting them, I left them in place in the card panel, securing them with some tape on the back, and just painted some loose circles on each bloom.  I let the flowers dry then added some pale (watered down paint) color to the background behind the inset blooms.  I mostly left those flowers alone after that because they’re in the background and any more detail or color would be distracting and unnecessary.


Next, I cut more of the individual Hollyhock stems, also from watercolor paper, and painted them.  I let the first layer of color almost dry, then came back with more intense color and painted around the flower centers and most of the time the additional paint blended out into the first layer of color, but where it didn’t, I didn’t worry about it.  Hollyhocks are an imperfect flower, I think.  While the painted die-cuts were drying, I loaded my paint brush with more water and paint and flicked color onto the card background in splatters.


I wanted the stalks to stand out from the background flowers so I layered the double stalk with two more die cut layers behind it, and the single stalk with a single additional layer of card stock behind it.  Before adhering those flowers to the card panel, I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment, from PhotoPlay.  Because I was stamping onto watercolor paper, which is textured, I used my MISTI so I could stamp multiple times and know that it would be perfectly positioned every single time!


Finally, I glued the two stalks to the card front, and a few of the single blooms as well, to create another stalk in the background.  Once that was done, I decided to stop there before I over-did it, as I am sometimes wont to do. I glued the card panel to a folded A2 sized card and added it to my growing card stash!

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

Have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on March 28, 2018

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