Saturday, October 10, 2020

Peeking through the Keyhole - Part 2

 I've shared the bookmarks I made with keyholes and Lavinia Stamps. They couldn't make the overseas trip all by themselves, so I had to make cards to go with them! The keyhole die set that I had was too small for my purposes and my cutting skills just are not that good, so I was a bit flummoxed! Then I remembered that I had a the Locks and Keys Thick Stencil by Stamperia and I decided to go one-layerish and mixed-media. Then I realized that I was out of my favorite all Gold Metallic Acrylic paint! Sheesh. But I solved that problem too. Yahoo!

These are the cards that I created.

Supplies Used:
140 lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore®
Blue and Black Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®
Buttercup, Forget-Me-Not, and Cobalt Archival™ Ink by Ranger Industries
Scattered Straw, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire Distress® Inks by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Industries
Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Mooka Clear Polymer Stamp by Lavinia Stamps
Mooch Clear Polymer Stamp by Lavinia Stamps
Three Dancing Fairies Polymer Stamps by Lavinia Stamps
Gold Uni-Posca Brush Tip Paint Pen
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Industries
Stamping Platform
Removable ID Labels by Avery®
Circle Nestabilities® Die Set by Spellbinders
Pitt Artist Pens by Faber Castell

Instructions for both cards.  I used different stamps for each card and also used a mostly different set of inks (Archival inks vs. Distress inks). Sadly, I don't recall which card used which combination. I did keep notes, then inadvertently put it out with the recycling. Oops. I'm going to be as clear as possible with my instructions, but will likely fail in that endeavor.
  1. Cut a piece of 9" x 12" Mixed Media paper in half vertically to create two card panels.
  2. Use a small circle die from the Nestabilities die set to cut the label paper.
  3. Secure one panel to the STAY-tion with magnets.
  4. Position the stencil so that the keyhole is where you want it on the  panel and secure it in place with magnets. *For one card only, place the Removable Die-cut Circle in the circular part of the keyhole
  5. Sponge Buttercup Archival or Scattered Straw Distress ink* over the bottom part of the keyhole aperture onto the cardstock so that it's covering a quarterish of the keyhole.
  6. Tear a piece of scrap paper, place it horizontally over the yellow sponged area, and sponge Mowed Lawn Distress ink over top. Move the piece up (or down) a bit and sponge Mowed Lawn Distress ink again. Remove the scrap.
  7. Sponge Picked Raspberry Distress ink over the top part of the yellow ink.
  8. Sponge the Buttercup Archival ink or the Scattered Straw Distress ink over the Picked Raspberry to blend.
  9. Sponge either Forget-Me-Not Archival ink or Blueprint Sketch Distress ink over the top section of the Picked Raspberry ink. 
  10. Sponge the Picked Raspberry ink over the blue ink to blend.
  11. Sponge either Cobalt Archival ink or Chipped Sapphire to the top of the circular part of the keyhole and a bit down the sides, covering the existing blue ink.
  12. Sponge the lighter blue ink (either Forget-Me-Not Archival ink or Blueprint Sketch Distress ink) over the darker blue to blend.
  13. Remove the stencil and the image panel(s) from the STAY-tion.
  14. Heat set the panels. Repeatedly. Then do it once more for good measure.
  15. Secure the image panel to the Stamp Platform with magnets.
  16. Position the Mooka (wolf) or Mooch (cat) stamps as desired on the lower part of the card, so that they appear to be sitting on the grass.
  17. Press the platform's lid onto the stamp(s), lift the platform, ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair, and stamp. Repeat as often as needed to create a good solid impression.
  18. Remove the Mooka or Mooch stamps from the platform and give them a good cleaning.
  19. Position two of the Three Dancing Fairies as desired and repeat Step #17.
  20. Lift the circular mask off of Mooka-the-wolf's panel.
  21. *Trace and cut the circular part of the keyhole to create a mask and position it so that it's covering the top right part of the keyhole.
  22. Position the Bat Colony stamp and repeat Step #17.
  23. Remove the panels from the Stamp Platform and heat set thoroughly.
  24. Place the image panel(s) back onto the STAY-tion. 
  25. Position the stencil so that it's lined up with the image. Secure everything with magnets.
  26. Use a Pitt Artist Pen along the inside of the stencil to outline the image.
  27. Take the image panel(s) off of the STAY-tion.
  28. Use the Gold Uni-Posca Paint pen to paint the rest of the card moving horizontally. The cool thing about the paint is that it seems to shift between being gold and silver metallic when dry.
  29. Go back and touch up the outlines with the Pitt Artist Pen.
  30. Trim the image panel to 3 5/8" x 8 7/8".
  31. Cut Black cardstock to 3.75" x 9" twice and use to mat the image panels.
  32. Cut Blue cardstock to 8" x 9.25".  I used two different shades of blue cardstock for the cards to match the slight color difference in the blues.
  33. Score the blue cardstock at 4".
  34. Adhere the image panels. 
  35. Ta-Dah!
Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter these cards into the following challenge:


  1. Even more fun! I love the colors- Thanks for sharing with us at Lavinia World! Vicki

  2. Thank you, Kathi, for taking the time to give your instructions. They are beautiful projects! Thank your for sharing with us at Lavinia World!
    Lavinia World DT - Bonnie

  3. Awesome project!
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Lavinia World challenges blog:

  4. Love the colors. Thanks for joining at Lavinia World Challenges.