All Things Thanks International Highlights Blog Hop
Welcome to Kylie’s International Highlights Blog Hop! I’m so excited to be part of this amazing group of stampers; we’ve got some truly inspiring projects to share with you today featuring All Things Thanks!
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Blog Hop Inspiration
This card was inspired the International Blog Hop theme: All Things Thanks! This stamp set was one of the first ones I ordered from the Occasions catalog and I just love it. The fonts are so beautiful and they cover just about every thankful occasion you could think of.
It is that time of year when the weather is nice and flowers and love are blossoming. It’s also the time of year when wedding invitations start to appear in the mailbox! I needed some wedding cards and gifts, so I adapted one of the stamps to be a wedding greeting instead of a wedding thank you.
The Stamp Masking Technique
Let’s say you want to stamp part of a stamp, but not the entire thing. How do you get ink on just part of the stamp? That’s where the stamp masking technique comes in!
- Cover the part of the stamp that you do not want showing with washi tape. Tuck down the edges and make sure the edges are not covering up any of the good parts of the sentiment!
- Ink up the stamp with the tape in place.
- Remove the tape. The parts you covered will be completely clean and won’t make a mark on your paper.
- Stamp the image onto your paper.
That’s it! It’s so simple! On my card I covered up the words, “Thank you for joining being a part of our,” and used only the phrase, “Happily Ever After.” Isn’t that such a sweet sentiment?
- First, cut and score a Wild Wasabi card base.
- Cut a layer of watercolor paper 1/4″ (o.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
- Then, cut a piece of So Saffron cardstock 1-1/4″ by 3-3/4″ (3.1 x 9.4 cm).
- On the right side of the So Saffron piece, stamp the sentiment “Happily Ever After” from the All Things Thanks stamp set using the stamp masking technique.
- Die cut a medium and small branch from watercolor paper using the Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies. Optional: Use a small scissors to cut the tips of each needle into a pointy shape instead of a rounded shape. This will help unify it with the stamped image.
Emboss Resist Watercolor Background
- Use an embossing buddy on the watercolor paper, then stamp two sets of pine branches from the Christmas Pines stamp set in VersaMark ink. This may be a Christmas set, but these pine branches can double as fern leaves, too!
- Sprinkle white (or clear) embossing powder onto the wet ink. Tap off any excess. I find that flicking the back of the paper does a great job of removing stubborn little flecks of embossing powder.
- Heat the embossing powder with a heat tool until the powder melts. Use a clothespin to hold onto the paper if it gets too hot for your fingers!
- Color over the embossed branches with Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers. A couple of scribbly zigzag lines work just fine!
- Use a watercolor paintbrush and water (or an all-in-one Aquapainter) to blend your zigzaggy marker lines into a watercolor wash. Wait for that to dry or use the heat tool again to speed along the process.
- You could stop here with the watercoloring if you want or you could add some shadows behind the ferns for some extra credit points. For shadows, draw lines between each fern leaf with the Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker. Use the thick marker tip on one side (the shady side) and the thin tip on the other side. I also added a few accents with the thin tipped side of the Wild Wasabi marker. Then, use the very tip of your paintbrush to draw a water line on top of the marker line.
Remarkable You Watercolor Flowers
- Next, stamp two calla lilies on watercolor paper with black ink. If you choose a water based ink like Memento, the ink may bleed a little into your watercolor. I like this look, so that’s what I chose. If you want crisper black lines, use a waterproof or alcohol based ink. The Basic Black Archival ink pad and StazOn ink pad work well for this.
- Watercolor paper has a lot of tooth, meaning it is has bumps that help hold onto water droplets. This naturally means that a stamped image won’t be quite as dark and clear as it would be on smooth paper. You could use tool such as a Stamp-a-ma-jig or a Misti to stamp the image multiple times in the same exact same place to darken it up. For expediency, I just darkened a couple of my lines with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
- Color the calla lilies with So Saffron (center), Wild Wasabi (stem), and Soft Sky (shadows) Stampin’ Write Markers. Use a watercolor paintbrush or an Aquapainter to blend the shadows.
- When the flowers are dry, fussy cut them out.
- Color the cut edges with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. This gives cut out shapes a finished look; it’s a small step that makes a big impact!
Assemble the Card
- Adhere the watercolor panel to the card base.
- Place the So Saffron sentiment panel, the two Pretty Pines branches, and the two Remarkable You calla lilies on the card. Determine how everything should be placed.
- Adhere the branches in the desired location.
- Use a single layer of dimensionals to adhere the So Saffron sentiment.
- Use one dimensional to attach the calla lilies to the So Saffron piece and two dimensionals behind the piece that sticks out at the top, so the flower will be level with the background.
- Add rhinestones for sparkle! An easy way to arrange embellishments is to make a triangle around the focal point. Make sure to avoid having any of the embellishments line up on a horizontal or vertical line.
Coordinating Gift Bag
- Make a gift bag to match! The process is the same except for instead of a card base, use Lots of Labels Thinlit Dies to create a tag shape.
- For an extra long Wild Wasabi tag shape, Arrange the die and paper in the die cutting machine so only half of it is between the plates and the other half is sticking out the back. After cutting the first half, rotate the paper and die, move the die over so the straight lines are still lined up, and cut the other half.
- Fold over the top of the gift bag. I got this one at a craft store for super cheap. Any white bag will work.
- Fold over the top of the bag.
- Punch holes in the tag and the bag. Thread through Whisper White ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack, and tie a bow.
Subtle Spring Color Combination
This color combination can be found in the Subtles color collection. Stampin’ Up! selects the colors in each color family specifically so each color in the family looks good with every other color. This makes it really easy to pull together a beautiful color scheme like this subtle spring combination!
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: watercolor paper
Ink: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: All Things Thanks, Remarkable You, Christmas Pines (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies, Lots of Labels Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Markers: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: watercolor paintbrush or Aquapainter, rhinestones, dimensionals, white embossing powder, heat tool
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Kylie’s International Highlights Blog Hop
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