Heat Embossed & Ink Blended Valentine’s Day card feat. Simon Says Stamp

Hello friends and happy February!

Today I’ll be sharing another quick Valentine’s day card. Check this card out as a YouTube video!

To start, I took a 110lb. cardstock panel and prepared it for heat embossing by using my anti-static powder tool. I placed the ‘Love Is’ background into my MISTI tool and used Versamark Ink to ink it up and some American Crafts Zing Red embossing powder.

Next, I’m going to heat emboss the large, scripty sentiment, ‘Love’ on a scrap cardstock piece. I chose to emboss using American Crafts Zing Black embossing powder. Black embossing powder is notorious for leaving stray powder even if you use an antistatic powder tool so I used a small paintbrush to brush away the stray particles as best as I could. Then I cut this script sentiment using a coordinating die through my Big Shot.

Next I’ll be ink blending onto Simon Says Stamp heavyweight vellum, which is also cut into an A2-sized panel. First, I started blending Tim Holtz Distress ink in Picked Raspberry and then created an ombre effect using Candied Apple distress ink.

Maybe it was the force or method of my ink blending, but the vellum piece was a little warped. Real talk, initially I tried glue dots to adhere it to my background but it was bubbling up. I needed to use something stronger for the vellum to adhere to my background panel, so I ended up using my Tombow adhesive runner to help it adhere a little flatter.

Next, I used foam tape behind the ‘Love’ diecut and mounted it down onto the panel. Then, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp a coordinating sentiment from the Love stamp set beneath it.

I got an A2-sized card base and used my tape runner to finish putting the card together. Then here’s that fork in the road I run into… embellishments or let it go?

Welllll, I went and got my Nuvo crystal drops in Autumn Red and Pale Gold to add some detailing.

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After finishing this card this morning, I didn’t know how I felt about this card. Does that ever happen to you? Even if I don’t end up giving this to anyone, it was fun to put together and I hope you found some inspiration to create today too!

Working on anything fun below? I’d love to come check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Snowflake Cards | Ink Blending

Okay, I may fall into the unpopular camp, but I don’t want to do anything holiday related until at least after Thanksgiving or December 1st. Is it me, or does it seem like every year the U.S. moves up the fall and winter holidays earlier and earlier in the stores? Maybe it’s because I now live in the South, but I feel like people started decorating and putting up Christmas trees around HALLOWEEN. What, what, what?!

So, now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I can now start flexing my holiday-themed muscles in cardmaking. Plus, I used crafting as a deterrent from shopping some excellent (but probably unnecessary) Black Friday deals! Real talk… I did purchase items but at least I stopped before I did tooooo much damage 😉

To start, I cut two A2-sized card fronts from 110lb Recollections white cardstock. The most time consuming part is what comes next… die cutting your masked paper. I used Lawn Fawn’s Mini Snowflakes dies on some Simon Says Stamp masking paper. Some of the dies were very intricate so it was a time consuming process to poke out the masks and find an edge you could separate the backing. I tried being random (can any crafter really do this organically and have it look great?) in where I placed these masks.

For the pink card, I used Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks. I have a heavy hand by nature, so I had to pounce the ink blending tool lightly around the masks versus using a circular motion, to prevent them from peeling up. Before peeling up the masks, I decided to spritz the card front with some Perfect Pearls mist (a small amount of the product with water in a Ranger Mini Mister). The picture doesn’t do it justice, but in the right light, there’s a subtle shimmer.

The second card was a bit of a gamble, because I wanted to create a galaxy background. In the same fashion, I pounced my blending tool with the following Distress Oxide inks: Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, and Faded Jeans. The part that can make crafters feel regretful is when you add Black Soot or a similar ink on top to add the “blackness” of the galaxy. I squeezed a tiny dab of white acrylic paint and black acrylic on my stamping pad and watered it down. Placing this card panel in my “splatter box” (aka old shipping box), I flicked some of these paints to mimic stars(and planets, I suppose?). Finally, I spritzed some Perfect Pearls mist from a foot away. The card was a little damp and peeling up the masks for this card front took a little longer because it was starting to rip from the moisture. If I create this card again, I would use less o the mist and maybe use a quick shot of my heat tool.

Finally, I mounted these card fronts onto some card bases. It’s always so satisfying to pull up the masking paper to reveal the stark white image against your ink blending.

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The finished card fronts prior to mounting them onto card bases

Have you tried this technique? Are you finished with your holiday cards? I don’t have many to make but I better get going so I can mail them out before the holidays!