Rainbow Maker: Ink blending & Stamping

Hi crafty friends! I am taking my first class at Online Card Classes – Rainbow Maker and I’m really enjoying it so far! I love rainbows, but they sort of elude me in the craft room. I’m learning a lot and it’s been just the thing to get me out of my card making funk.

So today I have a couple of cards that I’ve made based on the first two lessons. For the first card, I did some ink blending (something else that seems to elude me) using a stencil I made using the lightbulb die and stamps from the Shine Brighter set from Concord & 9th.


I used Distress Inks (Festive Berries and Broken China) and a dye ink from My Favorite Things (Daffodil) for the blending, creating the purple and green. I stamped the bulb outline and base and sentiment over the blended area and then added a few sequins.

For the second card, I did some rainbow stamping using the Give Thanks stamp set, aso from Concord & 9th. I CASed a couple of their sample cards (because, come one, they’re gorgeous) and alternated the long leaf along an A2 sized panel of Neenah solar white (80lb).

Rainbow thanks

After the first layer of ink was dry, I stamped the details using the previous leaf’s color (purple on top of pink, pink on top of orange, etc). I didn’t worry too much about lining the detail stamps up perfectly with the base stamp – in some cases, a slight offset was the only way to really see the second color (I’m looking at you blue and aqua). I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed it with clear powder. I added a few rainbow sequins and some coordinating embroidery floss.

I’m really looking forward to the next lesson and many more raingbows! Thanks for joining me today!


Thank you all for your comments on my last post! I really appreciate all your kind words.

Today I have a card that has, ahem, been sitting around for awhile, waiting so patiently to be shared.


For this card, I paired the Floral Fill-in stencil and paper with the Say Hello die, all from Concord & 9th. First I ink-blended over the stencil to add the floral details on the patterned paper. Then I die-cut the panel using a pierced frame from Avery Elle and die-cut the “hello”. I also die-cut the hello from three different shades of red cardstock (from Reverse Confetti), assembled them and then adhered the whole shebang onto a coordinating piece of red cardstock cut down to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I added a few enamel dots and called it done. One of my quicker cards, actually. That patterned paper is really fun to work with.

Speaking of which, I also made this card, using the Fill-in Phrases from the same bundle as the stencil and paper. After stamping and assembling the card, I used a white pigment pen to add a faux stitch border and highlights on the stamp.


That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting, friends!

Make It Monday #259

This past week’s Make It Monday challenge over on Nichole Heady’s blog was Ombre Cluster Stamping. Love me some ombre! I made two cards using this technique, expanding from a cluster to just full on background because I could never get a composition that I was happy with.


For the first card I used some of the details stamps from Papertrey’s Bloomers set.  I got this set before I really had a good selection of inks, so I haven’t actually used it much. But I thought it would be fun to use this particular detail stamp (and its smaller siblings) because they kind of looked like fireworks, which goes well with the whole celebration theme of the card. Yes, let’s pretend I planned it that way. 🙂


I stamped with a trio of Hero Arts Shadow Ink dye ink cubes in Red Royal, Pale Tomato (my current fave), and Fresh Peach. I trimmed the 4-bar card down a smidge on the long edges and then ink blended these colors on another piece of 4-bar sized card stock. I also die cut the little banner and ink blended the Red Royal onto it and heat embossed the sentiment.

For the second card, I made another 4-bar sized panel using the flowers and leaves from Graceful Greetings II. I stamped them with dye ink from My Favorite Things in Poppy,  Coral Crush, Gumdrop Green, and Sour Apple. I stamped a sentiment from the set in VersaFine and heat embossed it. Then I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a 4-bar card base.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. See you next time!

Inspired by…#18

Hi everyone! I’m back with another card for the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. Check out the inspiration image below:


How gorgeous are those flowers? They were the main source of inspiration for my card.


Look at that! No watercoloring! Haha!

For this card, I used the beautiful Paper Clippings: Thinking of You set from Papertrey Ink. I love this series of delicate papercuts, but let me tell you, this one was a beast to cut. I don’t know know what it was, but it took several passes and flipping over to get even to 98% cut through. Alas, I think I need a shim for these delicate beasties.


Anyway, I also stamped and cut the accessory floral pieces using colors from the inspiration photo (Papertrey Ink’s Hibiscus Burst, Bright Buttercup, and Vintage Jadeite (w/ Bright Buttercup on top). Then I blended Enchanted Evening ink onto my card base. I also blended ink on the “of” flag of the papercut – same ink, but it blended darker on the watercolor paper I used for the papercut. Pieced it all together and carefully mounted the papercut to the base.


The Paper Clippings dies make for easy and elegant cards. They look very involved. Do you remember those Rice Krispie treats commercials? Where the “baker” has to through flour on herself to convince her family that the treats took so much effort? I guess I did get ink all over my hands. Same thing right?

Make It Monday #248

This week’s Make It Monday challenge over on Nicole Heady’s blog involves ink blending through a die-cut stencil. Part of the challenge for me was to use a die set that I don’t reach for very often, so 3I flipped through my PTI sets more than a few times before settling on the Scene It: Mountain View set.


After die-cutting with velum, I first blended the kraft ink mountains, followed by the trees using Distress Ink in Pine Needles. I then took a white jelly roll pen and added “snow” to the trees. I die cut the scene with a stitched circle, slightly off center. Then I stamped and cut the station wagon and trailer and mounted them with foam tape.


Then I chose a couple of patterned papers from one of my card kits and cut fishtail flags for layering and stamped the “explore nature” sentiment (from SSS One with Nature). I took the leaf outline stamps from that SSS set and stamped onto my kraft card base using kraft ink. Finally I added some twine and layered the pieces together.

Very nature-y. I can already smell the campfire and the s’mores.

Hello There


Hello there! How was your weekend? It was beautiful outside, but I stayed inside to play with paper. And today I have a couple cards to share with you using some items from the latest My Favorite Things release.

This card is actually my first successful attempt at a shaker card (my first actual attempt went undocumented, but suffice it to say that there was not much shaking going on).

Little kitty is from the Cool Cat set. This particular kitty lends itself well to a “front and back” scene, so I thought to create a little window, which then led to a shaker card. I created the window using the inside and out stitched rounded rectangles STAX.


After coloring and positioning kitty on either side of the shaker window, I die cut the “hello there” using the, surprise, Hello There dienamics. I ink blended some Brilliant Buttercup dye ink from Papertrey Ink for an ombre effect.


I somehow managed to place the “hello there” dies perfectly on the “inside” part of the inside and out rounded rectangle panel, so why not use it for another card? It’s as if I planned it.


More ink blending using the tide pool to navy ombre ink pad from Hero Arts. For the background, I stamped a card stock panel with the Arrow Ends Background Builder in VersaMark and heat embossed it in gold. Then I used the companion clear stamp to add ombre accents to the background. I added a little gold wooden heart (from the dollar spot at Target!) for a finishing touch.


I really love how this one turned out. Totally sending it to myself.

Oh Happy Day


Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a card I made awhile ago with the Paper Clippings: Oh Happy Day set from Papertrey Ink.

I thought I’d play up a chalkboard effect, so I stamped and embossed the main sentiment and vine-y pieces onto black card stock. Then I stamped the little floral accent pieces first with white pigment ink, and then with various colored pigment inks (including the ones shown). I heat set each layer before adding the next.  Once everything was dry, I did some light ink blending with white pigment ink to give that dusty chalk effect. I die cut the panel and adhered it to a white card base.

Pigment inks are one of those things I got early on in my card making days, back when I had no idea what I was doing (a whole year ago – I was so young and naive then). It’s like when I first started knitting and was buying all this crazy “art” yarn. What was I thinking? Except with pigment inks, I’m starting to understand their purpose and why I’d want to use them. Still haven’t figured out those “art” yarns.