I enjoyed making this Summer Silhouettes Thank You card using many techniques including embossing, using watermark ink, stamping outside the lines and outlining.
Let me explain each technique.
1. Embossing – I stamped the flower centers on the background and the main flowers with white craft ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder so they would show against the darker flowers.
2. Using Watermark Ink – Versamark ink will give you a watermark affect on any color cardstock. In this case, I used Versamark ink to stamp the lattice pattern in the background.
3. Stamping Outside the Lines – I stamped the leaves on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was 2″ x 4-1/4″. Then I trimmed it down to 1-1/2″ with a paper trimmer all the way to the edge of the leaves and snipped around the leaves so they hung outside the border of the paper. It’s a cool effect, which works great for leaves, flowers and trees.
4. Outlining – The main flowers and leaves are outlined with the fine tip of a Stampin’ Write marker. If you look closely you’ll see that the outline is free handed and not complete. I love the look! What do you thing?
Have you tried these techniques before? Whichis your favorite technique or which would you like to try? Leave a comment below.
I stamped this simple Thank You card with Stampin’ Up!’s Just Believe stamp set. The secret ingredient to create this shadow card is the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig which allows you to stamp precisely where you want to.
I started by stamping the center circle in Sahara Sand ink, then, using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I lined up the circles on either side.
I stamped the flowers in Sahara Sand ink first. Then I inked up the stamp again first with Versamark ink and then with Midnight Muse before stamping slightly to the left of the first using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to create the shadow.
I use the Versamark ink first so that I can emboss the image with clear embossing powder. The Versamark ink keeps the ink wet long enough for the embossing powder to stick so it can then be heated for that great classy, embossed look.
In this picture above you can really see the embossing. After I embossed the flowers, I used a Blender Pen and a little Midnight Muse ink from the pad to just touch up a couple of tiny spots where my stamped ink didn’t cover fully. The blender pen and ink provided great, complete coverage.
And did you notice the rhinestones? <3 Love, love, love! I hadn’t planned to use rhinestones, but I couldn’t help it. I’ve been thinking I need to start “Rhinestones Anonymous”. I want to put them on everything!! And when I discovered that using the tip of the Piercing Tool to pick the Rhinestones up and place them right where I want them – well, it just fed my addiction!
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I made this lake thank you card for my friend that invited us to their lake house this past weekend. Thank you, Lisa! We spent Saturday on the boat and really had a great time watching the kids ski, play in the water, buzz around on the jet ski and jump from the diving rock. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a camera with me so the card is all you get to see!
I made this brayered card similar to the Father’s Day card and just added the lake and mounted it a little differently.
I think creating these little works of art is so much fun and so immensely satisfying. Don’t you? It’s the best kind of instant gratification.