30 July 2017

Welcome! - Distress ink colouring and die cuts

We got new neighbors yesterday. We want to welcome them into the neighborhood, so what's better than a card. And, a little black kitty because my Scout will surely go to visit them, too.

This easel card features a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp set with a Spellbinders die accent and Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil.


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Putting It Together

On Wednesday I picked up several packages some of them were from sales last year on a "ship when it ship" policy with rock bottom amazing prices. It took a while for me to get the stuff, but the sale prices were worth the patience. But.. those sales do mean I have to keep track of what I bought and what's still "pending". The die set I used on this project was in one of my packages. I fell in love with the suns and could imagine several projects with them, but it is the border trim which I used this time.

In doing my design layout, I was thinking to fussy cut the birdhouses and have one of the lovely suns layered behind. I was waffling on an idea to have the border layered or as an edge.

I stamped the image with tan ink on heavy watercolour paper so I could do a "no lines" colouring. I used Distress ink and watercolour brush to paint/colour the image.

I decided I wanted clouds instead of fussy cuttting. When I was done painting, I created a mask with clear packaging and Stazon ink. I fussy cut the top of the mask and then used removable adhesive to secure it over the image.

With the mask covering my painting, I could stencil in some clouds behind the birdhouses using one of my favourite stencils. To put in the cloud effect, I start on the stencil and then sweep up lightly. I like Salty Ocean for a pretty partly sunny day.

The laundry list of the Distress ink colours I used. I smush the minis on a plastic work surface and pick up the ink with a waterbrush or, for the clouds, a blender tool.

I dry fit the card, choosing to add a green checked paper and die cut the panels with a stitched square.

I attached the borders with thin adhesive tape on the back of the checked paper. At this point I started to think about an easel card.

I attached a backing panel to the image panel. I used slips of release sheet on the adhesive tape to aid in positioning.

I trimmed a card base to 4 1/4" square to match the green and scored one side at 2" to make it into an easel base.

I die cut a narrow rectangle of the green checked and stamped the sentiment on a strip of the scrap from the modified card base. I notched both sides of the strip and scored/folded it on each side. I used foam mounting tape in the centre area and adhesive tape on the ends to adhere it to the rectangle.

To adhere the card front to the base, I used Scor-tape on the front part of the card.

I attached the bottom of the image panel to the card base.

I added the sentiment panel to the front of the inside of the card and a pair of enamel dots from YNS as easel stoppers.


Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday: On the Edge
Scor-pal: Die Cuts and more than one score
Tuesday Taggers: Let It Shine
Addicted to Stamps and More: Make Your Mark
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes


  1. A lovely welcome card for your new neighbours and love that cute kittie, hope he doesn't get the birds!

    Thanks for joining in at Try It On Tuesday


  2. Your card is adorable and the design is fantastic! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!
    Mar x

  3. This card is super cute and sweet! I love how you decorated your edges!!!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge....we all hope to see you again in the next one!
    X Zoey

  4. What a sweet welcome Easel Card! Lovely! Thank you for joining us this week at
    Crafty Gals Corner Challenges .
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Blessings! Jeanie Ellis, DT, Crafty Gals Corner

  5. Really lovely card and nice to include a kitty and hope they have one to befriend yours

    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Its a wonderful welcome card for your new neighbours. The images are so cute.
    Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.

  7. An AMAZING card and great to see your progress!Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!

  8. lucky neighbours to get your warm welcome card. Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps & More. Hope to see you again
    Shylaa DT@ATSM

  9. Wonderful easel card!Thank you for sharing your talent with us this week over at the Crafty Gals Corner!Hope you join us again next week!
    Kleri DT
    http://kefartworx.co.uk/ (My blog)

  10. Great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Hope to see you again in August

    Helen x

  11. Great bit of colouring! Thanks for joining us at ATSM.
    x Asha

  12. fun and fabulous card! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*


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