A Whaley Good Birthday

I really like the Whale of a Time DSP from Stampin’ Up! It makes it very simple to create a stunning background for cards. However, to avoid it looking like I’d just stuck a bit of paper on my card, I cut my DSP into panels and matted them.

Using the coordinating punch, I cut out a whale and glued it onto a whale cut from navy card to give more stability.

I heat embossed my sentiments in silver and also added the bubbles on the centre panel above where the whale would be.

The inside sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set together with the shoal of fish, which I also stamped on the envelope.

The final job was to assemble the various elements.  The panels were glued onto the card base and I added foam behind the whale and the sentiments for some dimension.

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Silhouette Blooms

For my cards this week, I used the top half of the Stampin’ Up! Banner Blooms die to create a silhouette style card.

Whilst it’s possible to make this card using plain card, I wanted to add some dimension to mine so blended some inks onto my Bermuda Bay panel and then spritzed with some Frost White Shimmer Paint for a bit of shine.

Next, I die-cut the banner blooms from Whisper White card together with my sentiment from the Well Written dies set and glued them in place, cutting off any excess from the banner die.

Since I had used Night of Navy ink, I used a navy mat layer and mounted on a white card base to tie all the elements together and finished with a few navy gemstones.

For my second card, I wanted to try a warmer colour palette and used Crushed Curry as a base and used black card for my blooms and sentiment.  Again, I added a few rhinestones for a bit of bling.

 

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Corner Masking

This week’s technique is one I saw Amanda, from Inspiring Inkin’, demonstrating on Facebook.  I can’t resist a bit of masking and ink blending so this corner masking technique was right up my street.

To begin, I masked one corner of the card front.  I used Post-it notes.

Next, I blended a couple of complimentary colours onto the card.  I started on the mask with my darker colour and then switched to the lighter shade, blending that out to almost nothing onto the white card.

The last step was to remove the masks and stamp the images and sentiment. 

Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay and Balmy Blue inks mounted on Pretty Peacock layer and Bermuda Bay card base.

Such a fun, simple technique to do and adaptable to all occasions….  including Christmas…. there it is, I’ve said it already!

Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry inks on Blackberry Bliss layer and Rich Razzleberry card base.

Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry inks on Basic Black layer and Crushed Curry card base.

 

 

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