The cards we made at our October 2021 Classes focused on several tips and techniques, including coloring vellum, white-washing on colored card stock, and making our own One Sheet wonder patterned paper. But the card technique that was most impressive was making a card with a floating element.
The Expressions in Ink stamp set, along with some other stamps, were used to create an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of patterned paper. When cut into 4 pieces, these became panels for our card fronts.
The ink colors that we used were Polished Pink, Grapefruit Grove, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, and Pool Party. There is a lot of ink color layering with stamps from the Timeless Textures set and the Forever Fern set. There is also some light stenciling with the masks and Pool Party Ink. The finished card shown on the panels is from another iteration of this One Sheet Wonder technique where a script stamp was used. Both versions I think are very pretty.
Hand-penned Petals and the coordinating dies has some beautiful florals for creating striking cards. On one card the floral image was stamped with Memento black ink. Then the floral was colored on the backside with Stamp ‘n Write markers and die cut. The colorful hand-penned designer series paper made a lovely background panel for the front of this card. The white panel layered on top is dry embossed with the subtles folder.
The next technique is called white-washing. That is when you first use white craft ink (a pigment ink) so you can add dye ink to colored card stock, in this case, Crumb Cake. Using an aqua-painter brush and white craft ink, the florals were colored in white. After allowing that to dry, the florals were sponged with Polished Pink and Mint Macaron inks using sponge daubers. Then the image was die cut. Originally I was going to use the polka dot stencil and heat embossing to create the background panel. Then, remembering I had years old Designer Series Paper of white glossy polka dots, we simply sponged the paper with Mint Macaron ink.
The floating elements card was the class favorite. For this technique 1/4″ to 1/2″ strips of colored card stock are adhered to pieces of acetate (Stampin’Up! sells them as Window Sheets – also used for shaker cards). After die cutting them into circles, adhesive foam strips were added behind the card strips creating the look of these circles floating on top of the card. A black butterfly and fern were die cut from the Meadow die set. The butterfly was popped up.
I hope you enjoyed reviewing the projects from our October 2021 classes, and that you will visit my blog again in the future. If you are interested in any of the products used in these projects, feel free to visit my online store.