21 July 2018

Stay Cool - Distress marker, masking

While everyone else is out 'enjoying' the Summer heat, I'm like this bunny, huggin' my fan like it's my best friend in all the world. My card features a House Mouse & Friends stamp coloured with Distress maker, die cuts and glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs, papers from Photo Play and Echo Park, and a bit of masking.

Putting It Together

I decided to contrast the bunny staying cool with bright yellows and oranges. I actually was thinking I might keep the supply list low, but.. umm.. yeah. 

I didn't want to have the air stream in the same ink as the rest of the image, so I did a little masking. I first stamped the area of the stamp with the air on a full adhesive Post-It.

I fussy cut the bunny backside from the air stream.

I positioned the stamp on the MISTI door (using removable adhesive to make sure it stuck where I want), and laid the bunny masking over the backside, exposing the air stream, with the adhesive facing up. I then closed the MISTI by folding over the stamping area on to the door to put the masking right where I wanted it on the watercolour paper panel.

I then inked up the air stream on the stamp with the light grey Fog ink and closed the door on the panel and masking.

I removed the bunny masking and used the air stream masking to cover what I just stamped.

I inked up the rest of the stamp with the red-brown Potter's Clay and stamped it on the panel.

Quick and easy way to have the air stream a different colour than the rest of the stamping.

I always keep the masking with the stamp, until it falls apart from being used too much.

I used Distress marker and waterbrush to colour the image.

I found a stitched circle die that fit the image perfectly.

Where I have those stitched circles in my storage, I also have the beaded circles. That gave me an idea so I found the beaded circle that fit.

I cut multiples of the beaded circle from Recollections paper. Even though I was intending to cover it with glitter, I used a sunny yellow-orange for the beaded circle pieces. I glued the rings together, stacking them for dimension.

I added more adhesive to the top and covered it with Saffron Silk micro-glitter. I used my fingers to burnish the glitter. I then wiped the circle with a Swiffer dry cloth to wipe away any glitter that didn't adhere.

I put more adhesive on the bare patches and then added Rust Silk micro-glitter in the same way. The Rust isn't as smooth on the cardstock possibly because I used a different adhesive.

I die cut the bunny and dry fit the two elements together.

I looked through my stash of patterned paper and decided to use some suns and a summery word-y panel. I dry fit them together a felt something missing.

Using the top part of a sheet of foiled cardstock, where the perferations and the hanging hole are, I cut two strips. It didn't matter that they weren't perfect since only a thin matting strip would be visible.

I adhered the foiled strips to the backside of the wordy panel and dry fit again. It was the perfect touch.

I adhered the sun panel to a kraft cardbase and layered the wordy strip on top. I then trimmed the edges of the strip to the card base edge.

To pop the bunny slightly above the beaded ring, I decided to die cut a smaller fun foam circle. I used yellow because it was handy and for the side look.

I used liquid glue on the foam to attach it to the bunny and then fit it in place on the card.

This finished my sunny cool card. I love the sunglasses on some of the suns, very whimsical.

Inside, I added an embossed sentiment and a strip of the sunny paper with a foiled accent.



House Mouse and Friends: Hot Summer Days
Art Impressions: Summer Vibe
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Add a Little Sparkle
Watercooler Wednesday: Masculine
Tuesday Throwdown: Stitching (faux)
Simon Says Wednesday: Use a Die
Crafters' Cafe: Lots of Layers
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More: Anything Goes


  1. Fun Fun Fun. I know just how this little bunny feels, I say bring on FALL! Love the bright colors you chose, and your fun sun background. Image is colored up beutifully. Thanks Rijacki for joining the fun and sharing your cute card with us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Always fun to see how you put your cards together too.


  2. Absolutely gorgeous, Rijacki! I love the results of all that masking and work you've put into this creation. Great choice of background colours---they really enhance the image and the colours you've used for them. I love those House Mouse images, too. Thanks so much for sharing your card at your Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. I wish you had kept to our limit of challenge entries.

  3. Gorgeous card Rijacki :-) the image is super cute and I love the step by step pics, the beaded frame is awesome and I love the papers and details, all so pretty :-)

    thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends Challenge
    Lols x x x

  4. Such a great card and cute image wonderful step by step. Thanks for sharing with CHN patterned paper challenge.
    I could do with some of you heat it is mid winter here.

  5. Brilliant, so refreshing, great stamp and awesome colours used. Thanks so much for entering into our Anything Goes option theme HOT SUMMER DAYS, current challenge and good luck in the draw. .
    {aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends ♥ HOUSE MOUSE

  6. Oh my word, that bunny is so adorable! I'm so glad to have found you through the SSS challenge.

  7. Oh Wow I love the pretty bronze glitter on your fun image! Such a great color scheme for your 'cool' creation!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. I hope you join us in our new challenge that starts Monday!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  8. Beautifully colored card. This is how we feel in Florida. We'd like to stand in front of the fan ½ the day to stay cool. Thank you for joining us at House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge. {Bunny} Designer for House Mouse and Friends

  9. Rikacki, this is such a sweet image and you have done an exceptional job coloring! Thank you for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week! Crystal

  10. Such a sweet bunny and your coloring is amazing! Love your tips for the two color stamping too. Thank you so much for playing along with us in the Add A Little Sparkle Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  11. Love all of your step by step pics! Cute bunny and love your embossing on the die cut! Thanks for entering the Tuesday Throwdown stitching challenge!

  12. super sweet Rijacki
    Thank you for playing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
    Goodluck and hope we see you again.

    Gr Karin DT Member

  13. That is one cool bunny! All the elements of this design work perfectly with each other. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  14. Such beautiful coloring! Great idea to mask the bunny! So glad you’ve joined us in Art Impressions Summer Vibes Challenge!

  15. Gorgeous card Kate! The image is adorable and I love the foiled circle.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx


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