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Distress Ink Valentine

I created this card for the CutCardStock blog and I'm sharing here on my own blog as well.

I know Valentine's Day is approaching, and I do happen to love the cheesy holiday, but I also believe that every day is a great day to share and appreciate love. Not just romantic love, but just taking a moment to enjoy those around you who love you, and being open to show love to those people and beyond. Don't you think this world would be a little nicer if everyone was just a bit more loving?

To make this card I started with some Strathmore watercolor cardstock and a collection of Distress inks.  I used the "smooshing" technique to make this background. Basically, I just smeared one color on an acetate sheet, spritzed it with water and then smooshed it on the cardstock randomly. I dried the ink with the heat to before doing it all over again with a different color.

I die cut the "love" die and heat embossed the sentiment. It's a super simple card and really all the detail is in the background, so I didn't want to take away from it with anything else I added.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting, and don't forget to share a little love today! ~Amber

Ink Blended Birthday Card

Kicking off the new year, I wanted to build up my stash of ready to mail cards just a bit.  I figured it was easiest to start with birthday cards...

The ink blending was pretty easy on the Savoy 100% cotton cardstock... which is one of my favorite white cardstocks to work with.

Simple stamping and heat embossing kept the ink the star of this show! I finished everything up with a simple frame drawn in with a white gel pen.

Wishing you a Happy New Year! Happy Crafting.... ~Amber

Holiday Gift Card Holder

Today I'm helping to kick off the "Holiday Countdown" Series over at CutCardStock.com....

I started by die cutting Basis Black cardstock and then stamping with white pigment ink to create a chalkboard look to my project.  I wanted to insert my gift card to make it easy for the recipient to get at it and start enjoying the gift! I simply cut two rectangles of cardstock slightly larger than the gift card, yet small enough to fit into the assembled pouch. Another die cut made a perfect slot for my gift card to nestle in.

Wanting to add a little shine, I broke out the foil cardstock to make the poinsettia inlayed die cut. The foil cardstock cut like a dream and assembling it was like putting together a puzzle!

I assembled everything and attached the poinsettia and that's all there is to it. It's such a simple project, but I think it makes the delivery of the gift card extra special!

Thanks for stopping by.... Happy Crafting! ~Amber

Watercolor using Zig Clean Color Markers

I think this card makes a big impact, but believe me when I say it was pretty easy to make. I started with a stamped image using a water-safe black ink. I used Strathmore 5x7 watercolor card. Using only a few markers and a water filled brush, I was able to color in these beautiful flowers! Zig Clean Color markers used:070 Orange, 023 Scarlet Red,052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 041 Light Green, 010 Black, 091 Light Gray On the flowers, I used two shades of orange and then added additional depth and shadowing using a bit of the brown marker. 


For the leaves, I used just one shade of green. I was able to add some depth to the shade of green by simply mixing in a bit of black ink. I scribbled both the green and black markers on a clear acrylic block and then mixed them with my paint brush.

To add even more depth to the image as a whole, I played with some shadowing using the Light Gray marker around one side of the image. I spread out the ink using the water brush to blend it into the watercolor cardstock.

Finally, for my sentiment, I die cut the word "thankful" from a scrap of watercolor cardstock. I painted the bottom half of the die cut with the black marker and then used the water brush to spread the ink to the tops of the letters.

I adhered my sentiment using a strong adhesive. This step is important because the texture on the watercolor paper needs a strong adhesive to stay in place.

I love how it turned out. I will admit that I experimented with hand-lettering the sentiment. The Clean Color markers with the real brush are great for lettering, but my skills are a bit lacking, so I chickened out. I opted for a die that gave me the look I was going for! Have you jumped on the watercolor trend in your crafting?