More Die Cut Masking

I’ve been making a lot of cards using the die-cut masking technique I talked about in my previous post. I thought I’d share a few more of those cards with you today.


Instead of using my copic airbrush for this card, I decided to do some ink blending with distress inks. You have to be a bit more gentle with this technique, however, because all of the blending can cause you to accidentally pull up one (or more) of your masks – ask me how I know. For the most part it works just fine.


For this card I used the Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamp and die set for the stamps and masks. Once I finished ink blending, I added some water droplets onto the card and quickly soaked them up with a dry paper towel – that’s what gives the nice bleached out effect in some areas; One of the many reasons why I love distress inks. I popped up the sentiment on a circle die cut and added a little embossing around the edges and a circle of vellum behind. lastly, I added a stitched rectangle frame for a bit of added interest, before adhering everything onto a 4bar-sized card base.


I wasn’t quite finished with my copic airbrush system yet, though, so I also made some 4bar get well soon cards using the same masking technique but changed it up a bit with some patterned paper and a little gathering of thread behind the sentiment. I used the Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon stamps and dies for these.  Did I mention that I first got the idea for this technique from Dawn of Wplus9? She has a great YouTube tutorial on her channel that you can check out here!



Masking with Die Cuts // Copic Airbrush

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card I made using one of my favorite new techniques – die cut masking.


To make the panel for this card, I used the Wplus9 Doodle Buds stamp set to make a pattern on the background. I then used the coordinating dies and inkadinkado masking paper to make masks for each shape. After that, I dusted off my Copic airbrush tools and put them to work.


I used my YR02 Copic Marker (light orange) to airbrush the entire panel. After you remove the masks, each stamped image has a nice white boarder around it. I love the effect.


This panel sat on the edge of my craft desk for weeks until I figured out what I wanted to do with it…I thought a black sentiment would really pop against the background (the sentiment is the Painted Hello die by SSS).

To separate the sentiment from the background a bit, I added a vellum circlebehind the sentiment (I also added a thin line of white embossing powder around the outside of the circle). After mounting the circle and the sentiment, I stapled on some paper strips to ground everything. Lastly, I added some sequins for a little extra embellishment.


I’m still trying out  different techniques to use with my airbrush, but this is my favorite so far. The masking technique also works with ink blending or just coloring marker-to-paper. The best thing about this hobby is that the possibilities are endless!


Birthday Wishes

More birthday cards! This one even came with a matching cake topper.


I used the Mama Elephant Brush Strokes stamp set and several of my Wplus9 and Simon Says Stamp dye inks to create the background for this card. I just repeat stamped one of the images from the stamp set diagonally across the panel and tried to stay in rainbow order when changing colors. It created a plaid effect a la Laura Bassen(one of my favorites!) I love how the background turned out!


I heat embossed the Birthday Wishes sentiment on some black cardstock and mounted it to the middle of my panel. Lastly I added some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets because I am obsessed with them.


I made this card for a friend’s birthday, and I even made her a cake with a topper that matched the card, mostly because I loved making the plaid pattern so much! I used Lawn Fawn’s Louies ABC’s dies for the hbd sentiment.


The cake was chocolate, with a (pink) chocolate ganache frosting, and it was delicious!



Birthday Blueprints

Popping in today to share some recent projects. I’ve been loving the Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprints set because it’s so easy to create quick cards with.

Sometimes I just stamp an image from the set in archival ink, and then do a crazy watercolor wash over the top. Mount it to a card base and I’m finished. I love the structural blueprint quality of the stamp and how it contrasts with the haphazard watercolor effect.



My other favorite way to use this set is with my copic markers. I’ll stamp the image in black on a card base, then stamp it a few times on some scrap paper. I color elements of the images I stamp on the scrap paper and then cut parts out and pop them up on top of the image on the panel. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but it gives the card some nice dimension that you can’t really see in these photographs.


There are several fun blueprint stamp sets by Tim Holtz. I’m having so much fun with the birthday set that I might have to add some others to my stash. What’s your favorite Tim Holtz stamp set?


Fuse Tool Fun

Hello Birthday Girl 2

I’ve decided it’s time for me to start cranking out some birthday cards to get a good jump on them this year. I always kick myself when I don’t have one on hand to send out when someone’s birthday creeps up on me. It’s all part of my resolution to be more organized in 2016.

fuse tool

I also picked up a W R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool in November and finally put it to use a week or so ago. It’s great for creating quick shaker cards that aren’t so bulky. I also plan to use it for some photo album projects in the future. Essentially, you fuse two layers of plastic together using the heat of the tool and one of the nibs. I used a plastic stamp pocket for this – I just cut it to size and fused three sides together using the ruler as a guide. I tucked in a piece of patterned paper and added some sequins to the front before sealing up the fourth side.


Hello Birthday Girl 1

The patterned paper and the sequins used for this card came from a Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit. I also added a few seed beads to the shaker pocket. The “Hello” sentiment is the SSS Painted Hello die. I cut it out several times on black card stock and stacked them up on top of each other to give it a chipboard feel. The “Birthday Girl” sentiment comes from a Wplus9 stamp set called Hand Lettered Hello (which I use all the time…). I stamped that with Versafine onyx black ink on a piece of white cardstock and glued everything onto the shaker window with some glossy accents glue – because that stuff is strong!

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 1

I followed the same principles for the second card – sequins and patterned paper from a past SSS Monthly Card Kit, a few seed beads, SSS and Wplus9 sentiment combo. For this card, though, I mounted the window onto a piece of gray and white patterned paper before mounting it onto  an A2-sized card base.

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 2

I’ll certainly be making more of these!


Charmed // Thanks Again

Popping in today to share two more thank you cards. I made these two cuties using the Mama Elephant Charmed stamp set with coordinating dies, and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!


I’ve found that I like using the Zig markers with water to create a water-colored effect. I just lay down some color with the marker and use a paintbrush to pull the color around and do some shading. I only have the six color set, but it’s easy to blend colors and/or use varying amounts of water to achieve different color values. For the wreath around the fox I used a combination of blue, green and yellow in various places.


Since these cards are pretty clean and simple I used some foam tape to attach my critters and sentiments to give it some dimension. I also used my Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die  and some patterned paper for the panel to finish up this card. Then I did a little dance because this stamp set is just too cute!


Merci Times Three// I’m back from the dead

It’s time to resurrect this blog. I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! No excuses, really. I got busy doing home improvement work (and I do plan to share some before and after photos soon), and then days turned into weeks turned into months. Going forward, I’m going to do my best to post weekly, and get back into the swing of things. I’ve even got a (mostly) functional craft room now, and having a space for creative work really makes a difference.

About a month ago, we had a housewarming party. It was great! Lots of friends and family came by to celebrate our new house with us and it was so nice to fill our new home with people we love. After the party, I got busy making thank you cards (lots of which have appeared on my instagram feed).

IMG_7987 This set of cards was relatively quick and easy. For two of the cards, I used the Brush Strokes stamp set from Mama Elephant, and an assortment of Mama Elephant pigment inks before stamping the Merci sentiment (from another Mama Elephant stamp set) on top of the brush strokes. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments.


I also had a water colored panel lying around so I slapped a Merci sentiment on that, mounted it on a card base and called it a day.


Phew. It feels good to get a blog post written! For those of you who are still following along with me Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for sticking it out!


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