Saturday, September 7, 2019

Thinking of You - Single Layer Card

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Today, Friday, September 6, is the first day of the biweekly Color My Heart Color Challenge #359. This challenge closes on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Have you ever heard of the KISS method of doing something? It means "Keep It Simple, Stamper". So I tried to keep it simple. I selected four colors: Peach, Smoothie, Goldrush and New England Ivy on a white card base. The camera has picked up the Smoothie color as leaning toward orange but I see it considerably more pink.

I was in the mood to do some masking and wanted to try out a some new brushes I recently acquired. I have used brushes for ink dusting but they have a longer bristle and leave a very light hue. The new brushes are for cosmetics and blend ink beautifully and more quickly than a sponge. I found the brushes on Ebay for $1.11 each with free shipping. I like that they are all one size and not a set comprised of varying sizes. After making this card, I know I am going to enjoy using them. By the way, they are easy to clean.

I simply masked off an area on the card base and blended the inks to achieve the look of Peach, Smoothie and Goldrush. Once dry, I removed the masks and stamped the floral image using an ink similar to New England Ivy. I smeared some ink directly onto white cardstock and punched a few butterflies. I also die cut the sentiment from the ink-smeared cardstock. These were adhered. The inside was decorated with a few of the punched butterflies.

We encourage you to join us at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog to play along with us!

Techniques: Masking, stamping, ink blending, die cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Serene Silhouettes"
Inks: Distress Oxide Tattered Rose, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade & Forest Moss
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight)
Die: Frantic Stamper "Thinking of You"
Punch: Stampin' Up! "Itty Bitty Butterfly"


  1. Beautiful stamping! Love the sponging/brushing too. The ink did blend beautifully! :)

  2. Stunning CAS card the colors and sponging with your new tools.

  3. Oh, I love this look - the sponged background is gorgeous and the stamping on top is just perfect. Masking a section like that leads to such a striking contrast. Makes me want to do this technique again! LOVE IT!

  4. CAS with a lovely shaded stripe. The way I love cards!