So Very Blessed: Embossed Resist Technique

Hi Guys! I hope you love today’s card as much as I do! Pink and gold is such a stunning combination. To create my card, I used a resist technique with watercolor and heat embossing. The white embossing really makes the sentiment pop and I added a gold foil mat and gold thread for the perfect touch of elegance.

The sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions So Very Blessed stamp set. I think the scripty “blessed” makes a beautiful focal point and the “by your friendship” is one of 5 supporting phrases included in the set.

TE So Very Blessed by You Friendship Card

I started my card by stamping the sentiment on watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and the Misti Precision Stamping Tool. Then I sprinkled on white embossing powder and set it with a heat tool.

TIPS:

  • Rub a powder embossing bag over the paper before stamping so the embossing powder sticks only to the versa ink and not the oil from your fingerprints.
  • Use the Misti Stamping tool for perfect placement of your stamped image. This also allows you to stamp the image multiple times in the exact same place…perfect for mass production or fixing an incomplete stamped image. 

When the embossing cooled, I spritzed the watercolor paper with water until it was fairly wet. Next, I pressed an acrylic block onto an ink pad and then smooshed the inked block onto the wet paper. I used a paper towel to dry the block between each “ink up” and color change.

TIP:  Hybrid ink and waterproof dye ink does not work for this watercolor technique. I tried it with Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink, My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink, and Hero Arts Shadow Ink—only the Stampin’ Up! ink gave good results. 

NOTE: Background ink colors are Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry.

After I was finished applying the ink, I flicked on some Gold Wink Of Stella by squeezing the brush and flicking it against the cap.

When everything was dry, I mounted the watercolor paper to gold foil cardstock. I wanted to add some height so I mounted it on a piece of craft foam cut 1/8″ smaller than the gold foil.

I applied some adhesive with my tape runner to an A2 white card base and attached some looped, gold thread. Then I attached the sentiment piece  at a slightly wonky angle for some added interest.

I was inspired to created today’s card by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Emboss It and the AAA Challenge: Resist Technique.

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. Using these links costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.  Thank you — I really appreciate your support!

Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock
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MISTI Precision Stamping Tool
MISTI Precision Stamping Tool
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Scor-Pal Scoring Board
Scor-Pal Scoring Board
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WOW! Heat Tool
WOW! Heat Tool
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Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun
Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun
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White Craft Foam Sheets
White Craft Foam Sheets
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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER GOLD Brush Tip Marker
ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER GOLD Brush Tip Marker
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 LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad (50)
LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad (50)
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Taylored Expressions BLESSED SCRIPT Die
Taylored Expressions BLESSED SCRIPT Die
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Taylored Expressions SO VERY BLESSED Cling Stamp Set
Taylored Expressions SO VERY BLESSED Cling Stamp Set
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Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE
WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE
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WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD
WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD
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Hero Arts Sm Acrylic Block Trio
Hero Arts Sm Acrylic Block Trio
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Ranger Inkssentials MINI MISTER Spray Bottle
Ranger Inkssentials MINI MISTER Spray Bottle
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DMC Metallic GOLD Embroidery Threa
DMC Metallic GOLD Embroidery Threa
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DCWV Foiled Cardstock
DCWV Foiled Cardstock
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Happy Crafting!
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Friendship Card: Proud Nurse from Art Impressions

Art Impressions Nurse Card

Today I am sharing a card I created with an awesome stamp set called Proud Nurse from Art Impressions. As soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it. There are so many nurses in our family — my sister, niece, one daughter and another daughter in nursing school — I’m sure this set will get lots of use!

I started my card with an A2 card base made out of 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then I layered pattern paper and a coordinating cardstock mat.

TIP: See Card Making Basics for instructions and measurements to create your own base, mat and design layers for your cards.

I stamped the nurse image on Copic X-Press Blending cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her in with Copic markers. I’m not a fan of “fussy cutting” so I cut the image out with a stitched oval die-namic from My Favorite Things.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink on white cardstock and cut it out with a banner die. I trimmed the banner to my desired length and mounted it slightly overlapping the nurse, tying everything together.

Art Impressions Nurse Card Detail

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. Using these links costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.  Thank you — I really appreciate your support!

Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock
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Copic X-Press Blending Card
Copic X-Press Blending Card
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COPIC Sketch Markers
COPIC Sketch Markers
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Memento Tuxedo Black
Memento Tuxedo Black
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Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Big Shot
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Scor-Pal Scoring Board
Scor-Pal Scoring Board
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 MFT Stitched Sentiments Strips Die-namics
MFT Stitched Sentiments Strips Die-namics
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Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun
Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun
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Art Impressions PROUD NURSE Stamp Set
Art Impressions PROUD NURSE Stamp Set
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 MFT INSIDE AND OUT STITCHED OVALS Stax Die-Namics
MFT INSIDE AND OUT STITCHED OVALS Stax Die-Namics
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Happy Crafting!
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You are Loved – MFT Stamps Sketch and Color Challenge

Hey guys!  Today I have a card for you that combines both the My Favorite Things Sketch and Color Challenges. Isn’t this a gorgeous color combination? So bright and cheery! Reminds me of a tropical drink. And I love this week’s sketch so much that I’ve used it two days in a row!

I started my card with a white 100# A2 card base and then layered on MFT Pure Plum cardstock and another piece of white cardstock.

TIP:  Use 100# or 110# cardstock for the base of your cards. It folds nicely when scored and is a nice weight for holding layers and embellishments.

I used a Stampin’ Up! Banner die to cut the banner from white cardstock. Then I blended MFT Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink over the entire banner with a Ranger ink blending tool. I started from the edges and worked towards the center until the entire banner was colored…I could have used Blu Raspberry cardstock but it seemed a little flat and I like the added texture that I achieved by blending the ink.

NOTE: The Stampin’ Up dies have retired but I linked to a set of banner dies from My Favorite Things below that will be a wonderful substitution.

The heart was cut from white cardstock with My Favorite Things Stitched Heart Die-namic. I used a Ranger Ink Blending Tool to blend yellow ink over the entire heart. Next, I added pumpkin ink blended from the edges in towards the center leaving a small area yellow, then I added tangerine ink from the edges in just a little bit to get a nice gradient. I love how the coloring on the heart turned out…such a warm and sunny feeling.

TIP: Go over the entire heart again with the lightest color ink to smooth out the blending if it needs it.

I stamped the flower from MFT Doodle Blooms stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in using Copic markers keeping the darkest ink towards the center. Then I cut it out with the coordinating die and attached it to my card with dimensional foam adhesive.

The sentiment is from MFT More Essential Sentiments stamp set and is cut out with Lawn Fawn Extra Sentiment banner dies…these dies are nice and long and you can cut them to make whatever length you need.

I finished off my card with some iridescent sequins which I attached with micro glue dots.

TIP: Micro glue dots are the perfect size for attaching small sequins. They are a little smaller than regular glue dots and fit perfectly under the small sequins.

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. Using these links costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.  Thank you — I really appreciate your support!



Happy Crafting!
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