Techniques

I’m sharing these techniques and tutorials so you can continue to learn!

Painters Tape Background

Once in awhile, it’s fun to stamp with other products – like Painters Tape! Can you guess where it was used on this card? Yes, the background stripes are created by laying Painters Tape across the ink pad, rubbing it to pick up ink followed by laying it on the card stock and rubbing it to transfer the ink. Neat, isn’t it?

Glimmer butterflies
Butterflies ready to take flight to over the Painters Tape Background!

Split Card Technique

Ornate Garden Split Card

Have you ever wished you could make more than one card at a time? With the Split Card Technique you can! And I’ll show you how I made this one – so easy – you’ll have two cards done quickly!

Dimensions and cutting instructions:

  • Cut Thick Whisper White Cardstock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″, fold & burnish with Bone Folder.
  • Cut Just Jade Cardstock at 5-1/4″ x 4″ – use Stampin’ Seal to attach to the card base.
  • Cut Whisper White Cardstock at 7-1/2″ x 5″. Place in Stamparatus making sure that it is placed tightly in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Use Versamark Ink to stamp the image from the Ornate Style stamp set in the centre of the cardstock. Restamp if the image does not appear to be fully covered.
  • Use Versamark Ink to stamp the corner image in each corner. Stamp, turn the card stock 1/4 turn, stamp, continue until all 4 corners are stamped.
  • Sprinkle Gold Embossing Powder over the Versamark Ink. Use a small paintbrush to remove any unwanted powder. Heat to melt with the Heat Tool. Embossing powder will turn from “dull” to “shiny” gold when it’s completely melted.
  • Use Stampin’ Blends to colour the image.
  • Use Paper Trimmer to cut Whisper White Cardstock at 5″ x 3-3/4″.
  • Use Just Jade Classic Ink to stamp the greeting from the Forever Blossoms stamp set as desired.
  • Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach over the Just Jade Cardstock layer.
  • Embellish with Gilded Gems.

Water Painters with Ink Refills

Ink refills are a great source of colour when you want to make a background layer for your card design. This time I applied Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, and Bermuda Bay with a Water Painter for a bright, swirly layer.

Here are the products used:

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Here are the instructions and dimensions for this card:

  • Cut Very Vanilla Cardstock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″, fold and burnish with Bone Folder.
  • Cut Granny Apple Green Cardstock at 5-1/4″ x 4″ – Use Stampin’ Seal to attach to the card base.
  • To colour the background layer:
    • Squeeze a few drops of each colour of ink from the refill bottles on the lid of the same colour stamp pad or on a clear glass block.
    • Using the mid-sized Water Painter, squeeze & spread a small amount of water on the Watercolour Paper.
    • Now that the Painter is wet, dip it in the ink and place it where you want it on the Watercolour Paper. The ink will run some because the paper is wet and the ink & Painter are wet.
    • Once your layer has enough of the colours, set it aside to dry. This process can be helped by using a Heat Tool from the backside of the Watercolour Paper.
  • Cut the dry coloured background layer at 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ – attach to Granny Apple Green layer with Stampin’ Seal.
  • Use Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink to stamp the greeting from the Touched by Heart stamp set on Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • Use an Ornate Layer Die and the Big Shot to cut out the greeting – attach to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
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