My daughter tells me today is ‘National Transfer Money To Your Daughter’s Account Day’. Hmm, I’m not sure about that one. But it is definitely World Card Making Day 2018. All over the crafting world people are making cards, not that we card makers need an excuse.
My first card for today is another one inspired by a colour challenge, using a technique I haven’t use in ages, masking.
Before I could start the actual project I needed to first create some masks using Full-Adhesive Post-It® Notes. These sticky notes have repositionable adhesive over all but a 1/4″ strip at one end, and are perfect for this technique.
I stamped the large Monstera (Swiss Cheese) leaf and flower image from the Tropical Chic Stamp Set three times onto the Post it Notes. Then I carefully cut them out using Paper Snips (although on the flowers I did cut off the stamens).
TIP – The trick to stamping layered images is to stamp the image to want appear at the ‘front’ first. Then you cover that image with a mask and stamp the image you want to appear to be behind the first one, next. You can then continue to mask and stamp until you have the result you want.
THE STAMPED IMAGES
I began by inking up the flower image with Coastal Cabana ink then used the brush tip of a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker (from the Neutrals collection) on the end of the stamens. Then I stamped the image onto a layer of Whisper White Card.
Next I covered the flower with one of the masks, and stamped a second flower to the right, slightly overlapping the first one. A third flower was added to the left and all three were covered with masks
Then I inked up the leaf image using Pear Pizzazz ink and stamped a leaf pointing towards the centre of the layer. I covered this leaf with a mask and stamped a leaf to the left, slightly overlapping the first leaf. Finally I added a mask to the second leaf and stamped one more pointing to the bottom corner.
To be honest at this point it all looked a bit of a mess, but that’s because of the masks. Once I’d removed them the layered image was revealed.
To complete the arrangement I finished by stamping the small seeds image either side using Gray Granite ink.
I thought it would be nice to keep this card really simple and stamp the ‘with much love & thanks sentiment’ directly onto the stamped layer. To ensure that it would stamp clearly I first mounted the sentiment onto my Stamparatus. Then I inked it up with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped, reinked it and stamped again. My sentiment was now a crisp dark black, exactly what wanted.
With the layer complete, I tied wrapped some Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the left side and tied it in a simple bow.
To add a little more colour I chose Pear Pizzazz Card for the card base. I cut and scored it using my Stampin’ Trimmer, then sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. I could then fix the stamped layer to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To create a coordinated look to my project I went back to the flower and leaf stamps and Post-It Note masks.
Using the same colours and technique I stamped a flower in the bottom right corner of a Whisper White layer. The flower was masked and a leaf stamped to overlap slightly. Then I removed the mask and fixed the layer inside the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Finally I stamped the same layered single flower and leaf arrangement on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope and I was finished.
You can see a selection of my other projects using the Tropical Chic Stamp Set in these earlier blog posts:
I mentioned that the inspiration for this project came from a challenge. More precisely it came from the CAS Colours & Sketches colour challenge CC&S292.
The combination of these three colours gives my project a really soft and subtle feel. The bright colours of summer are fading and as we move towards the warmer tones of autumn these seem to bridge that gap.
WORLD CARD MAKING DAY PERSONAL CHALLENGE
I started World Card Making Day 2018 with this card, but that’s not the end of my day. In 2015 and 2016 I challenged myself to create 24 cards in 24 hours and was pleased to succeed. However due to my son’s death I didn’t feel up to attempting the challenge in 2017.
This year I’ve decided to mark World Card Making Day 2018 once again with 24 cards in 24 hours. I must admit that I do have some reservations about this as hubby is away. So not only will I be working on 24 card projects, but I’ll also have to keep myself topped up with coffee and food.
I’ll be starting my personal challenge at 12 noon today and working through to 12 noon tomorrow. If you want to follow my progress over the 12 hours I plan to post updates on my business Facebook page. Of course you’ll get more information about each individual card in future blogs posts too.
WORLD CARD MAKING DAY 2018 PROMOTION
Before you settle down to craft, don’t forget to check out the Stampin’ Up! World Card Making Day 2018 promotion.
Get 10% off selected stamp sets, card kits, 12″ x 12″ card, adhesives and more. Offers end tomorrow, October 7th. You’ll find a link to the promotion in the side bar on the right of this page.
BUNDLE BONUS – The Tropical Chic Stamp Set used today can be purchased by itself or as part of a bundle with the coordinating Tropical Framelits. If you want both items you’ll save 10% by using the bundle item number when you order. I’ve included links to the bundles at the end of my supply list if you want to look at this option.
Well that’s it from me for now. I have snacks to prepare and a coffee pot to load up. Wish me luck!