Tuesday, June 28, 2022

It's Your Purrday!

It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! If you've been here before, you know that I'm a crazy cat lady and show feline loveby collecting all the cat themed crafting supplies in the world. To that end, I recently purchased Time for Tea's Purrfect Day and Kitty Capers Clear Stamp Sets, which I've used in this Purrday card. 

Here's the card!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Black Blending Brushes by Time for Tea Designs

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Grey Cardstock
Obsidian Amalgam Ink by Gina K™ Designs
Copic® Markers: C00, C0, C1, C2, C4, R81, YG03, YG05, YG11, YG17, E21, E23, E25, E47, W6, W7, E21, E23, E25, E47
Flag Die: Source Unknown
Post-It Notes® by 3M
Repositionable Scotch Tape® by 3M
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of grey cardstock to 7" x 10", score at 5", and fold to form a 5" x 7" card. Set aside.
  2. Use a piece of Repositionable Scotch Tape to tape the top of the Mixed Boxes Small Stencil onto white cardstock.
  3. Use magnets to secure the stencil and the sentiment to the base of a stamping platform. 
  4. Place the hanging cat, the reclining cat (from the Purrfect Day Clear Stamp Set) and the sitting cat (from the Kitty Capers Clear Stamp Set) facedown onto the large rectangles of the stencil. 
  5. Press the lid of the platformonto the back of the stamps and lift. 
  6. Ink the stamps with Obsidian Amalgam ink, then stamp into the openings of the stencil onto the image panel,
  7. Ink again and stamp onto repositionable label paper.
  8. Fussy-cut all three cats and adhere them over their counterparts as masks.
  9. Keeping the stencil taped to stamped image panel, use magnets to secure both to the STAY-tion. 
  10. Use Post-It Notes to protect the stencil and the open spaces of the image panel whilst adding inked backgrounds to the rectangular openings in the stencil.
  11. Brush Violet Chalk Elements Ink onto the small rectangles. 
  12. Tear Post-It Notes and placed them horizontally over the bottom part of the the sitting and reclining cat rectangles (middle and bottom left). 
  13. Brush Della Blue Elements Ink over masked areas on all three large rectangles. 
  14. Position the top parts of the torn Post-It Notes over the sky area on middle and bottom cat rectangles.
  15. Brush Pine Elements Ink onto the area below the cats to ground them. 
  16. All the rectangles should be inked now.
  17. Remove the stencil and clean it. 
  18. Remove the masks and retain for another use.
  19. Color the cats, tree, leaves, and grassy areas with Copic markers.
  20. Set aside the image panel while you work on the background panel.
  21. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.75" x 6.75".
  22. Use magnets to secure the Checkered Stencil over the white cardstock and onto the STAY-tion.
  23. Brush Violet Chalk Elements Ink over the Checkered Stencil to create a background panel.
  24. Flip the panel 180° and re-secure the Checkered Stencil to the bottom part of the white cardstock (now on the top).
  25. Repeat Step #23. p
  26. Remove the stencil and brush the center area with Violet Chalk Elements Ink.
  27. Use the same ink to edge the background panel.
  28. Adhere the background panel to the reserved card.
  29. Adhere the image panel to the card.
  30. Use Violet Chalk Elements Ink to stamp the sentiments from the Time for Tea's Purrfect Day and Kitty Capers Clear Stamp Sets onto scraps of grey cardstock.
  31. Use a flag die to cut both sentiments.
  32. Adhere the sentiments to finish the card.
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Stop and smell the roses

Now that it's officially summer and the roses are blooming, I figured that I ought to share this card created with the Rose Nap House-Mouse Designs® Rubber Stampthe Cling Posted Script 6x6 Rubber Stamp, and the Slim Cling Woodgrain Rubber Stamp -- all by Stampendous!


Stampendous! Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Mini House-Mouse Designs Clear Stamp Set by Stampendous!®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Onyx Black VersaFine™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Scattered Straw Distress® Oxide Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Yellow, black, and brown cardstock
Copic® Markers:
Mouse Skin: BV0000, BV000, E51, E50, RV91, R01, R00, R000, R20 (Cheek) R21 (Nose)
Fur: E21, E23, E25, E37
Roses: Y00, Y23, Y26
Leaves: G20, G21, G40, G43, G46, YG21
Light Blue and Indigo Chalk Pencils by General's®
Black Pitt Artist Pen by Faber Castell
Framed Sentiment Die Die-namics Set by My Favorite Things®
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of brown cardstock to 5.5" x 11". Score at 5.5" and fold to form a 5.5" square card. Set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of yellow cardstock to 6".
  3. Use magnets to secure the yellow cardstock to the base of the stamping platform.
  4. Position the Cling Posted Script background stamp facedown on the yellow cardstock.
  5. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  6. Ink the stamp with Scattered Straw Distress Oxide ink and stamp. Repeat this step if needed to have a clean impression.
  7. Trim the yellow panel to 5.25" square and edge with Scattered Straw Distress Oxide ink. 
  8. Heat set the yellow panel and adhere to the brown card.
  9. Cut a piece of brown cardstock in half.
  10. Use magnets to secure the brown cardstock to the base of the stamping platform.
  11. Position the Slim Cling Woodgrain Stamp stamp facedown on the brown cardstock.
  12. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  13. Ink the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and stamp. Repeat this step if needed to have a clean impression.
  14. Trim the brown panel to 4.5" x 3.125" and heat set and set aside.
  15. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to color the images. Make sure you're happy with the coloring before preceding to the next step.*
  16. Use chalk pencils to add the sky background to the image panel.
  17. Trim the image panel to 3.875" x 2.5".
  18. Use a Black Pitt Artist pen to edge the panel.
  19. Mat the image panel on white cardstock cut to 4" x 2.625", then mat again with the stamped brown cardstock.
  20. Use Onyx Black VersaFine ink to stamp the sentiment.
  21. Use the framed sentiment dies to cut the sentiment and a leftover scrap of the wood-grain stamped brown cardstock.
  22. Adhere the double matted image panel to the card.
  23. Adhere the brown frame die-cut to the card front.
  24. Adhere the sentiment in the frame to finish the card.

Notes:
• Be sure to that you're finished coloring the image with Copic markers before adding the chalk background. The chalk will damage your markers!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Journey -- a journal page

It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! This week my TFS teammates and I are showcasing AALL and Create's wonderful products. I've created a journal page using the Archway Clear Set #24 by Bipasha BK, the Newsprint Numbers Clear Stamp #434 by Janet Klein, the 

Here it is!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Blenders by Lavinia Stamps
Black Blending Brushes by Time for Tea Designs

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Mixed Media Journal by Strathmore®
Obsidian Amalgam Ink by Gina K™ Designs
Copic® Markers:
Stone Arch: E40, E51, E93, BG70, BG72, BG90, BG93, T1, T3, T5, T7, W0, W1
Train: BV20, BV23, BVw25, BV29, BG72, BG75, G78, C2, C3, C4, 5,C6, E95, E99, Y11, Y15
Steam: BV000, B60, C00, C0, C1
Tunnel: N5, N6, N7
Dirt and Track Bed: E42, E43, E44, W6
Wood Ties: E23, E25, E47, W2, C0, C1, C2
Rails: C00, C1, C3, C5, C6
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Small Talk Idea-ology® Stickers by Tim Holtz® for Advantus
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Use Obsidian Amalgam Ink and a stamping platform to stamp the archway onto the image panel and again onto repositionable label paper.
  2. Fussy-cut the label paper image to create a mask and place it atop the arch on the image panel.
  3. Position the train and tracks stamp and stamp it onto the image panel. 
  4. Lift and retain the mask.
  5. Use Copic markers to color the entire image panel. 
  6. Add white gel pen accents as needed.
  7. Trim the image panel to fit onto the journal page and edge it with Graphite Elements Inusing a Blender. Set aside.
  8. Use the largest of the Black Blending Brushes to brush Graphite Elements Ink over the journal page. True Confession: I only brushed a 1" border around the page as I knew that most of the page would be covered. 
  9. Mist the page with water and heat set.
  10. Use Morning Mist VersaFine Clair Inks by Tsukineko to stamp the Newsprint Numbers Clear Stamp #434 on the top left and bottom right of the journal page.
  11. Stamp the Multilayered Cogs Clear Stamp  #664 on the top right and bottom left. 
  12. Stamp the digits from the Reckoner Digits Clear Stamp #543 by Tracy Evans to fill the gaps and to add another layer of detail. The rows of numbers in the stamp reminded me of a train schedule.
  13. Edge the journal page and the binding holes with Graphite Elements Ink
  14. Adhere the  image panel to the journal page. 
  15. Use a dark marker to edge the sticker, then adhere it to finish the page.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

True North

It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project created for Topflight StampsTruth be told, this was supposed to be a journal page, but morphed into an encouragement card when I realized that I measured my journal incorrectly, which proves the adage "Measure twice, cut once!" Alas.

Anyways, it's downright warm in these parts which means it's time to get to the shore and/or on the water,  so I opted to use an image and sentiment stamp from  PaperArtsy's  Lynne Perrella 001 Rubber Cling Stamp Set with a compass and scenery stamp from the Scrapcosy 11 Rubber Cling Mounted Stamp Set.

Here's the card.



Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Lynne Perrella 001 Rubber Cling Stamp Set by PaperArtsy
Blenders by Lavinia Stamps
Black Blending Brushes by Time for Tea Designs

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Avalanche White Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Papers®
Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand, and Peanut Brittle Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic Markers: 
Face, Neck, and Hands: BV000, E50, E21, E11, R81, E000, E00
Lips: E04
Dress: RV52, RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99
Gloves: W1, W2, E81
Shells: YR20, YR21, YR24, YR27, BG72, BG75
Ship and Boat: E71, E74, E77, G20, G40, G43
Hill: G43, G46
Sand: E42, E43, E44, E55, E57
Clouds Stencils by My Favorite Things®
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Clear and Gold Stardust® Glitter Gel Pens by Sakura® of America
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of Avalanche cardstock to 10" x 7", score at 5", and fold to form a 5" x 7" card. Set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of Neenah cardstock to 4.75" x 6.75" to create the image panel.
  3. Use a stamping platform and Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the ship-headed woman from the Lynne Perrella 001 Rubber Cling Stamp Set onto the image panel and onto repositionable label paper. 
  4. The label paper version was fussy-cut and placed over its counterpart on the image panel.
  5. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the scene from the Scrapcosy 11 Rubber Cling Mounted Stamp Set over the masked image.
  6. Stamp the small boat on left onto a scrap of repositionable label paper.
  7. Fussy-cut the boat and place it atop its counterpart.
  8. Place a clear ruler  horizontally across the image panel to differentiate the sea from the sky. 
  9. Position the cloud stencil towards the top of the page, then use the largest brush from the Black Blending Brushes Set to brush Della Blue Elements Ink upwards over the stencil onto the image panel.
  10. Rotate the cloud stencil 90° and move it downwards.
  11. Brush Della Blue Elements Ink upwards over the stencil onto the image panel.
  12. Repeat Steps #9 and #10 until the cloudy sky is complete.
  13. Move the ruler to cover the sky.
  14. Tear a piece of scrap cardstock and place it under the focal image. 
  15. Use a Blender to sponge Bermuda and Mermaid Elements Inks between the ruler and the torn paper to create the ocean.
  16. Cover the image, then brush or sponge Desert Storm and Peanut Brittle Memento ink on the base of the image panel to create the sandy shore.
  17. Lift the masks and use Copic markers to color the ship headed woman, the sailboats, the grassy hill on the right, and the sand.
  18. Use a White gel pen to add white caps to the sea and at sea foam at the shoreline. 
  19. Use Clear and Gold Glitter Gel pens to add glittery accents to the woman necklace, blouse, and the brass ornaments on the ship.
  20. Use the stamping platform to position the compass and the compass from the Scrapcosy 11 Rubber Cling Mounted Stamp Set and the sentiment from the Lynne Perrella 001 Rubber Cling Stamp Set.
  21. Stamp both the compass and the sentiment with Della Blue Elements Ink.
  22. Edge the sky area of the image panel with Della Blue Elements Ink.
  23. Edge the sea area of the image panel with and Mermaid Elements Ink.
  24. Edge the sand area of the image panel with Desert Sand Memento Ink.
  25. Adhere the image panel to the reserved card.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Steampunk Night

It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! This week my teammates and I are showcasing the wonderful and versatile VersaFine Clair™ Inks by Tsukineko®.

I decided to make a card using the inks several ways. Here's my steampunk themed card using MonarchCharming PinkParadiseGreen OasisWarm Breeze, and Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Inks by Tsukineko®, the Steampunk Moon Cling Mounted Stamp Set by Indigo Blu, and the Steam Cogs Stencil #71 by AALL and Create.


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Bristol Paper Pad by Strathmore®
Avalanche White Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Vellum by Strathmore®
VersaMark™ Frost Ink by Tsukineko®
Stars Mini, Stars Mini #1, Stars Mini #2 Clear Polymer Stamps by Lavinia Stamps
Egyptian Gold, Pewter, and Oyster Twinkling H2Os 
Fantastix® by Tsukineko®
91% Isopropyl Alcohol
Mini Mister by Ranger Ink
Silver Posca Pen by Mitsubishi Pencil
2" Double Sided Tape
Label Die by Spellbinders®
Silver Jimnie Gel Roller Ball Pen by Zebra
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:

1. Use Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Inks by Tsukineko® to stamp the moon and the earth cluster onto Bristol Paper and heat set with Silver Detail embossing powder. 

2. Stamp both images onto repositionable label paper, which was fussy-cut to create masks.


3. Place the masks over their counterparts on the image panel. 

4. Use Charming Pink and Monarch VersaFine Clair™ Ink with  Blenders by Lavinia Stamps to sponge the ink from the edges of the image panel and over the masked images.

5.  Sponge Paradise VersaFine Clair™ Ink onto the image panel taking care to blend the blue into the pink and purple. 

6. Fill a  mini-mister with 91% isopropyl alcohol and mist over the image panel. The alcohol reacts with the ink, leaving some splatters and splotches. *Be sure to have a window open as it's not a great idea to inhale the aerosolized alcohol ink. Personally, I like how it smells, but I'm weird like that.


7. Remove and reserve the masks. 

8. Use a clean cloth to remove the ink from the embossed images, specifically the chains and other dangly bits that weren't covered by masks.

9. Smoosh the Monarch and Paradise VersaFine Clair™ Ink pads onto acetate, mist with alcohol, and use a Fantastix or a fine paint brush to color the holes in the cogs and the interior of the clock. 


10. Smoosh Charming PinkGreen Oasis and Warm Breeze Green Oasis VersaFine Clair™ Inks onto acetate, mist with alcohol, and color the earth, the clock rim, and the little globes near the moon.

11. Use metallic watercolors, such as Twinklin' H2Os to color the rest of the image panel.

12. Use a silver metallic pen to go over any highlights that need to be touched up. 

13. Use Frost VersaMark ink to stamp the mini stars and bursts onto the image panel and heat set with Detail White embossing Powder. 

14. Randomly stencil gears from the Steam Cogs Stencil #71 using Monarch VersaFine Clair™ Ink

15. Trim the image panel to 5.25" x 8.25". 

16. Edge the panel with Monarch VersaFine Clair™ Ink.

17. Adhere to a white 5.5" x 8.5" card.

18. Use Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Ink to stamp the sentiment onto vellum.

19. Add Black Detail embossing powder, dump off excess, and heat set.

20. Adhere double sided tape to the reverse of the vellum, then use a decorative label die to cut the sentiment. 

21. Adhere the sentiment die-cut to the background as shown. 

22. Add the gemstones to the finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Happy Bird Day!

It's Tuesday which means it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! It's also May 31st which is World Parrot Day so I decided to celebrate this holiday with a slimline birthday card featuring the wonder Wingman Clear Stamp Set by Heffy Doodle


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
140 lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore®
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Parrot My Colors Cardstock by My Mind's Eye
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Stitched Slimline Die Set by Creekbank Creations
No Frills Plain Slimline Die Set by Gina Marie Designs
Copic® Markers:
Parrots Left to Right: B37, B39, Y17, Y19, BV23, BV25, BV29, C6, C7, C8;  B02, B04, B16, R35, R39, YG03, YG05, YG07, YG17, BV23, BV25, BV29, C6, C7, C8; B18, B28, B29, BV23, BV25, BV29, C6, C7, C8; Stand and Swing: BV23, BV25, BV29, C6, C7, C8
Dimensional Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives® by 3L
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp three of the adorable parrots onto Copic-friendly cardstock and onto respositionable label paper. 
  2. Fussy-cut the label paper version of the flying bird.
  3. Fussy-cut the label paper versions of the two left-facing parrots so that their bodies and wings are separated from their tails.
  4. Place the body/wing masks for the left-facing parrots and the entire flying parrot over their counterparts on the image panel.
  5. Using a stamping platform and Memento ink, stamp the stand and the swing onto the image panels for the two left-facing birds and onto label paper.
  6. Fussy-cut the stand and the swing and place them atop their counterparts. 
  7. Place the tail masks for the two left-facing parrots were adhered in place. All stamped elements should now be masked.
  8. Trim all three image panels to 2.5" square.
  9. Brush or sponge the masked image panels with Jersey Cream Prism Ink to create a colored background.  
  10. Using the STAY-tion, place the corner flourish from the Found in the Woods - Scrapcosy Stencil PS190 on the upper right corner of the swinging parrot and secure with a magnet.
  11. Brush Jersey Cream Prism Ink over the stencil onto the image panel.
  12. Clean the stencil, flip it, and position the corner flourish on the upper left of the parrot on the stand. Secure the stencil in place with a magnet.
  13. Brush Jersey Cream Prism Ink over the corner flourish onto the image panel.
  14. Clean the stencil, then place the plain flourish from the same stencil onto the top of the panel with the flying parrot.
  15. Brush Jersey Cream Prism Ink over the plain flourish onto the image panel.
  16. Place a piece of clear acetate horizontally across the base of the parrot on the stand,
  17. Brush Desert Sand Memento ink across the base of the panel to ground the stand. 
  18. Set all three square image panels aside.
  19. Brush Pine and Lime Punch Elements Inks over a piece of mixed media paper and heat set to create the background panel. 
  20. Brush Green Oasis VersaFine Clair Ink over the Glory Stencil onto the background panel. 
  21. Use the largest die from the stitched slimline die set to cut the background panel.
  22. Edge the panel with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair Ink.
  23. Use the Green Oasis VersaFine Clair Ink to edge all three of the reserved parrot squares.
  24. Adhere the parrot squares to the background panel.
  25. Brush a strip of white cardstock with Jersey Cream Prism Ink.
  26. Using a stamping platform, use Green Oasis VersaFine Clair Ink to stamp the sentiments. 
  27. Use a die from the Plain Slimline Die Set to cut the sentiment.
  28. Use the Green Oasis VersaFine Clair Ink to edge the sentiment die-cut. 
  29. Adhere the sentiment to the cardfront with foam adhesive popping up the center of the sentiment strip and the ends glued down. 
  30. Adhere the cardfront to a green slimline card. 
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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Penguins!

It's Tuesday which means it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my teammates and I are showcasing Craft Emotions' wonderful products. I've created two cards using the Penguins 2 Clear Polymer Stamp Set and the Stardots Stencil by Craft Emotions.

Here are the two cards, the stencil, and the stamp set.


Here's the 4" square card.


Here's the 5" square card.



Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Frost Prism Glimmer Spray by Hunkydory Crafts

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah
Avalanche Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Raven Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers: 
Penguins: C10, C8, C7, C6, BV29, BV25, BV23, YR12, YR15, YR18, C00, C0, C1, C2, B21, B52, B60, BG72, E04, RV52
Big and Little Chain Square Die Set by Gina Marie Designs
Fishtail Flag Stax Die-Namics Die Set by My Favorite Things
Tiny Oval Die by The Stamp Doctor
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions for the 4" square card:
  1. Cut a piece of Avalanche cardstock to 8" x 4", score at 4", and fold to form a 4" square card. Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the single penguin onto a white cardstock panels and onto repositionable label paper.  
  3. Fussy-cut the label paper image and place the masks over its counterpart.
  4. Use one of the dies from the Big and Little Chain Square Die Set to cut single penguin masked image panel.
  5. With the mask still in place, spray the die-cut with Frost Glimmer Spray by Hunkydory Crafts. 
  6. Lift the mask and be chagrinned to see that the spray made the black ink run slightly. Alas.
  7. Color the penguin with Copic markers. 
  8. Use black cardstock cut .25" larger than the die-cut to mat it.
  9. Start to create the background for this card by sponging white cardstock with BermudaMermaid, and Blue Lagoon Elements Inks by Lavinia Stamps.
  10. Trim the background panel was to 3.75" square and edge it with Graphite Elements Ink by Lavinia Stamps
  11. Brush or sponge  Graphite Elements Ink over the Stardots Stencil by Craft Emotions onto the remaining strip of sponged paper (from Step #11).
  12. Use a fishtail flag die to cut the stenciled strip.
  13. Edge the fishtail flag with Graphite Elements Ink
  14. Use a stamp positioner and Onyx Black VersaFine Ink to stamp the "Hi there" sentiment from the stamp set onto a scrap of sponged cardstock.
  15. Use a tiny oval die to cut the sentiment, then edge it with Graphite Elements Ink
  16. Adhere the background panel to the reserved 4" square white card.
  17. Adhere the flag die-cut and image panel to the card front.
  18. Adhere the sentiment to finish the card.
For the second card, I wanted to experiment to see if my Gel Press Petites would work to add a background to a masked image.

Instructions for the 5" square card:
  1. Cut another piece of Avalanche cardstock to 10" x 5", score at 5", and fold to form a 5" square card. Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the penguin pair onto a white cardstock panel and onto repositionable label paper.  
  3. Fussy-cut the label paper images and place the mask over its counterpart.
  4. Place the circle from the the circle Gel Press Petites on a clear stamping block. 
  5. Using the 2" Speedball Brayer, apply Della Blue to the top part of the circle gel press.
  6. Clean and dry the brayer. 
  7. Using the brayer, apply Bermuda Elements Ink to the bottom part of the circular gel press.
  8. Use a cotton bud to remove some of the ink between the two colors.
  9. Use a paint brush to add horizontal stripes of Sundance and Confetti Elements Inks in the space provided by Step #8. 
  10. Stamp the gel press over the masked penguin couple on the image panel.
  11. Keeping the mask in place, add more color or improve the gel print background circle by smooshing the Elements Ink pads onto a craft mat and misting with water, then using paint brushes to apply the diluted ink.*
  12. When happy(ish) with the results, heat set the image and remove the mask covering the penguin pair.
  13. Color the penguins, ice cap, and sea with Copic markers. 
  14. Use a white gel pen to add some whitecaps to the sea.
  15. Brush or sponge Confetti Elements Ink over one of the hearts on the Cascading Hearts Medium Stencil by Darkroom Door.
  16. Use a die from Big and Little Chain Square Die Set to cut the image panel and mat with black cardstock cut .25" larger than the die-cut image panel.
  17. Create the background panel by sponging Della Blue and Confetti Elements Inks over the Stardots Stencil by Craft Emotions onto white cardstock. 
  18. Trim the background pane to 4.75" square and edge it with Della Blue Elements Ink.
  19. Adhere the background panel to the reserved 5" square white card. 
  20. Adhere the image panel to finish the card.
Notes:
  • I forgot how much fun it is to make 4" cards! 
  • The cardstock started to pill a bit when adding diluted ink with a paintbrush. 
  • Using the smaller gel press to add a background was somewhat successful. I'll have to try again using Bristol, Mixed Media, or Watercolor paper. I'll also have to try using different media. Stay tuned! 
  • The 5" card would work well for a friends, anniversary, wedding, or Valentine's Day card. Hence no sentiment yet!
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