Wednesday, January 28, 2015

You Make My Heart Soar

I am currently participating in Online Card Classes' "Clean & Simple 4" class. The class covers using different techniques for clean & simple cards.

Day 2 of class is all about die cutting. My card design was inspired by Kristina Werner's lesson, using border dies & inking to create a pattern. She inked the die cut pieces on her card; I decided to ink the background instead.

To begin, I got out my border dies. Thankfully, I don't have a vast collection of those, so I didn't have to sift through much to find something that would work. I finally chose one of the dies from Mama Elephant's "Landscape Trio" set. I got the hot air balloon stamp from Echo Park's "This & That--Graceful #2" stamp set, and paired it with a greeting from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Happy Happy" set. I felt those would go perfectly with the cloud-shaped border die.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.25" wide, and actually longer than 5.5". I die cut the cloud bank from that panel twice, leaving me 3 sections. Next, I took a white A2 card base and worked out the placement of my sections. I inked the bottom section of the card base (front) with Tumbled Glass Distress ink, moving on to Peacock Feathers a little further up. This gave me the "sky" background for my lower cloud sections.

I felt the uppermost section had a little too much white, so I used scraps from the die cutting as stencils, placed them onto the section, and inked along the top of them lightly with Peacock Feathers. This gave a soft sky effect, without going too heavy on the die cutting.

Finally, I stamped my hot air balloon, using Hero Arts Navy mid-tone shadow ink onto the upper panel, and stamped the greeting beside it in Versafine Onyx Black ink. If I were to do this design again, I would stamp the balloon and mask it off before inking the background. As it was, I had to go over parts of the balloon itself with a white gel pen, to cover the Peacock Feathers ink that showed through the design. Oh well--live & learn!

To finish the card, I just trimmed some off the bottom section and glued the 3 sections to the card base, leaving a slight gap in between each. All I had to do then was trim off some overhang on the right edge, and this card was done! I'm really happy with how it turned out, especially with it being a new-to-me technique. I'll be sending this card on to Operation Write Home, for some overseas hero to write home to his/her sweetie!

I'm entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge: "Up in the Clouds...."


  1. andrea, your card is breathtaking! I love everything about it! the balloon stamp is enchanting and just perfect with all of those luscious clouds. I love the colors that you chose and your execution of the every technique is so perfect. your shading is wonderful. I cant stop. thank you so much for sharing with us.

  2. Beautiful floating balloon and love the cut out clouds so clever and pretty! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  3. Thanks for sharing so much of what you learned from the CAS online classes. I enjoyed each of your cards and how you made them. I'm now a subscriber to your blog!


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