Archive for ‘Masking’

September 3, 2014

Paper craft project no. 255: Cherish you one layer card

Hello! I’m here to share a one layer card I made. Late last week, I replenished my card stock supply. Because it was a long holiday weekend, I didn’t get my order until Tuesday. The wait was worth it, though, as I was  pretty pleased with what I got: a ream of 100# (270 gsm) premium heavy classic white card stock, my second favorite card base to use (my top favorite is the 140-lb cold press watercolor paper by Canson); a pack of 165# (660 gsm) double thick card stock (wowza, I am in love with this one — it is really, really, REALLY thick — and so perfect for some mixed media projects I’ve got planned); and a pack of 120# (480 gsm) recycled taupe brown fiber card stock (this card stock is super thick as well and super smooth to the touch!).

I took the taupe brown fiber card stock for a test drive last night and oh boy, did I fall in love with this card stock hard! Inks stamped like a dream. For my card, I stamped and masked the sunflower from the Bloom Sketches set in VersaMagic cloud white chalk ink. (It’s my favorite stamp right now, as I’ve used it so many times in the last couple of weeks alone — here, here, here, here, and here.) I stamped the bold sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments set) in jet black archival ink. I debated whether to add some bling on the card, but decided to keep it simple by adding a border around using my Faber-Castell white PITT artist pen. And the card is done — took less than 10 minutes to make!

Anyway, I made the card as a reminder project for our current challenge at Time Out. There is still about a week left to join us! We’re having an “Inspired by Words” challenge: “If music be the food of love, play on.” [Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night] All you gotta do is create something inspired by that line. Doesn’t have to be the entire line. For my card, I took my cue from the word, “love”, and created this card that fits many occasions: anniversary, wedding, friendship.

Linking up my card to these 5 fun challenges: CAS on Sunday #41 – Black & White with One Color of Your Choice (my other color is taupe brown);  CASology #111 – Under (I masked my blooms so some of them are underneath the other blooms; then the blooms are under my bold sentiment and border; then my simple border looks like it’s under the sentiment); Stampavie and More #218 – CAS;  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Stamptember Stamp-It Challenge (use rubber or clear stamps; no digis); and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Boldly Go Into Stamptember (use bright ink; a large stamp, or be bold in your stamping — I used a large flower stamp and bold sentiments).

Thanks for stopping by!


June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 207: Heartfelt thanks one layer card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks

Popping by with another one layer card I made last night. I based the layout on the current sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. For the colors I used to stamp the “heartfelt” sentiment, I was inspired by the photo at Addicted to Stamps and More, where they’re celebrating their 2nd birthday! And because I’ve got my flower stamp in a frame, it fits the current One Layer Simplicity Challenge – I’ve Been Framed. I’m entering my card to two more fun challenges: Crafting by Designs June Anything Goes Challenge and Cards und More #108 – One Layer Cards.

I used archival, dye, water-based (distress), and pigment (in the form of Inktense blocks) inks, as well as some watercoloring on my favorite card base (cold-pressed watercolor paper) so you could say this is a one layer mixed media card at its simplest. I went with good old-fashioned stamping and used STAMPlorations stamps — SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You and Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments. The flowers are ones I illustrated and turned into stamps.

The card is a pretty simple one to make, and I’ve got a video showing how I created this card from start to finish. The video is another shorty (5 minutes, 44 seconds to be exact), in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart. Yes, I love classical music, especially by Mozart. When I’m crafting or writing or even when I’m at the gym, I’ve got classical music playing in the background, as it helps me to relax and as weird as this may sound, the music stimulates my brain cells and I’m able to visualize [when I’m doing art], think [when I’m writing], or focus [when I’m working out] more. Actually, it isn’t weird if you’ve heard about the Mozart effect (or the effect of music you enjoy listening to), as research has found that listening to music [in this case, Mozart’s] induces a short-term performance improvement of one’s spacial-temporal reasoning. [Don’t make the mistake of thinking it increases IQ — there are no definite research results on this, and the researchers who did the study on the Mozart effect made no such claim that listening to Mozart makes one intelligent or that it raises IQ.] In any case, music by Mozart and all the other classical composers was what helped me get through university (particularly on those days that I crammed for finals) and it helps me get through deadlines (particularly on those rush writing projects from clients) — and hey, doing 12k on the rowing machine for an hour becomes fun and easy! Aannnyyway…back to the video. Again it’s a real quickie so if you’re up for a few minutes of brain stimulation while watching me create this card, head on over to YouTube. Feel free to leave me some love over there ;o)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-18 OLC Heartfelt thanks-cu


Thanks so much for stopping by!


January 24, 2014

Paper craft project no. 120: I heart you (mixed media version)

2014-01-24 OLC I heart u
I’m beginning to love making pancakes. I was able to complete this card in between flipping pancakes (about an hour). Did a lot of walking back and forth the kitchen to my craft table in the living room so that’s bonus cardio points. I wanted to make one more one layer card for One Layer Simplicity Challenge #1, and I wanted a card with a mixed media feel to it. And so I turned to my Gelatos.

To create this card, I outlined the blocks and then with post-it notes, I did some masking before applying color to each block. I chose metallic Gelatos colors: Metallic Melon, Metallic Grape, and Metallic Blueberry. I used my fingers to rub the Gelatos colors inside the blocks. Next, I stamped the arrows in white and soft granite inks. I found an unopened pack of Pink Paislee doily rub-ons so I rubbed some of those as well. Using sequin waste, I stenciled over some dots with white gesso. I doodle-outlined each block with my Black Soot Distress marker. I also stamped a heart inchie on the lower right corner of my card base and then colored the hearts with Worn Lipstick Distress marker. And last, I stamped the small label with the sentiment, coloring the heart with my Lady Bug Memento marker.

I’m entering my card to these fun challenges: Cards Galore Encore Challenge #1 – Anything Goes; Crafty Girls Challenge #10 – Anything Goes; Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge #18 – Card Only Anything Goes; Cuttin and Stampin Challenge #14-3 – Anything Goes with Arrows; Simply Create Too Challenge #53 – Valentine’s Day or Use Hearts; and Through The Craft Room Door Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great weekend ahead!


December 10, 2013

Paper craft project no. 96: I miss you

2013-12-10 OLC I miss you
Here’s a one layer card (4.5″ by 6″ Canson 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper) featuring stamps from Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Squares set (one of two STAMPlorations stamp sets coming out in January).

To create the card, I diagonally masked the center so I’d have the upper and lower areas for stamping. Next, I stamped the squares in alternating colors — green hills (Hero Arts), soft granite (Hero Arts), and rouge (ColorBox). Then I stamped the wonky double running stitch in tuxedo black (Memento) to create a patchwork effect. I masked the upper and lower areas before placing the mini splat stencil (The Crafters Workshop) and sponging black soot distress ink. Then I stamped ink blots and spatters (from the Holiday Artsy set) in soft granite. Finally, I stamped my sentiment 3 times in rouge, tuxedo black, and green hills.

The colors I used are from this week’s colors at The Dynamic Duos Challenge #82: Bold and Cheery Week (Primrose Petals and Gumball Green), plus I used 2 neutral colors — black and soft granite (gray). Then there’s the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background, with the option to use stencils and/or Gelli plates. (I’ve got my Gelli plate stashed away because I needed the table space for all the Christmas cards I’ve been doing so I went with a stencil.) And then there’s the Allsorts Challenge #236: Anything But Christmas. (I really needed a little break from all the Christmas cards so this was a welcome challenge!)

I’m also entering this card to the following challenges: Created with Love Challenge #70: Anything Goes; Make It Monday Challenge #170: Always Anything Goes; and Scribble & Scrap Challenge #7: Always Anything Goes.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps used:

001 holiday-artsy-preview copy  packaging-patchworkfrenzy-preview

November 23, 2013

Paper craft project no. 87: Merry & bright

2013-11-23 OLC Merry and bright
So today I started making Christmas cards for my mother-in-law that she’ll be mailing to people in her list. She needs a mix of 50 Christian and secular cards — to start. Needless to say, I’m going to be one busy girl this weekend trying to get her cards done so she can let me know if she needs more cards later in the week.

Here’s one of the cards I made for her — an A2 one layer card. The sentiment and holly stamps are Heidi Grace Designs stamps, while the hexagon and ink blots/spatters stamps are from STAMPlorations (Holiday Hexagons and Holiday Artsy). I used pigment inks from ColorBox (don’t know the exact color names but they’re shades of red, green, silver, and old gold), as well as Memento tuxedo black ink and bamboo leaves marker for coloring the holly leaves. I embossed the borders using my bone folder and score board, and then finished the card by rounding the bottom corners.

This card, incidentally, fits the current challenge over at CASology because it’s got bells! :-) I’m also entering this card to Inkspirational Challenge #44: Anything Inkspirational Goes.


Anyway, I’m keeping this blog post short and sweet because I’ve got Christmas cards to make! Thanks so much for stopping by.


PS: We have water! (You can read about our water woes in this post.) I am so thankful that DH and I didn’t have to stay in a motel this weekend. And may I just say, one two of the sweetest and most reassuring sounds in the world are the toilet flushing and the subsequent refilling of the water tank ;-)

Stamps used:

001 holiday-artsy-preview copy  007 holidayhexagons-preview copy

September 13, 2013

Paper craft project no. 54: Wishing you well

2013-09-13 OLC Wishing you well
This one layer card has got to be my most photographed card — meaning I had to photograph it 27 times before I got a good one. I wasn’t too happy with the first two photos I took at the usual spot in the living room after post-processing them, so I took the card out on the front porch and set it on our weather-worn bench. Ahh, success! :-)

All week, I’ve been thinking of how I was going to do a card for Less is More’s Week #136 Color Challenge. The colors are dark green and rust. Didn’t have a problem with the green since I’ve got plenty of inks in various shades of green and it would be easy to darken them. My problem was the color rust — I don’t have rust-colored ink. So yesterday, I decided I’d skip this week’s LIM challenge. But then this morning, I had a light bulb moment (well, it’s more of a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-I-oughtta-smack-myself-silly moment). Here I was all week thinking I couldn’t do the challenge because I didn’t have the right ink when I had inks I could blend together to create a rust color — orange (spiced marmalade), red (barn door), and brown (vintage photo). Problem solved!

Edited to add: I took waaaay too long to publish this blog post that I missed LIM’s deadline! I thought I had an hour or two to spare. (I really wish InLinkz would display the deadline in terms of date and time in addition to how many hours are left.) Ahh, well…

So while the hubby and I watched an episode of McMillan & Wife on Netflix, I made this one layer card. I got to use three new supplies for this card: Heidi Swapp and The Crafters Workshop stencils, and the music background stamp — which I bought yesterday when I was in town with my mother-in-law (MIL). The hubby called it our girls’ day out. We’re practically inseparable but he didn’t go yesterday because of a severe headache he’s had all day. It was the first time in three or four years that I worked out at the gym alone. The MIL dropped me off at my gym and she drove off to hers. Hobby Lobby is a 5-minute walk from my gym so after 45 minutes, I headed over there. Anyway, long story short, I picked up a few items there and MIL and I hit several more stores (Costco, Wal-Mart, Winco, Asian store, Starbucks). We were gone for 4.5 hours or so. That night, I asked the hubby if he’d let me have a girls’ day out again. “Yeah,” he answered sleepily, holding me tight as I snuggled up to him. “But not for a while.” I guess he missed me ;-)

This card also fits two other challenges: CASology Week 61: Silhouette and Addicted to CAS Challenge 21: Music (code word).


Stamps: sentiment (Hero Arts); music background (Stampabilities)
Inks: pine needles, spiced marmalade, barn door, vintage photo (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: stencils (Heidi Swapp; The Crafters Workshop); scoring board (Martha Stewart Craft); bone folder

Thanks for reading this far! I got a bit long-winded in this post. Have a wonderful weekend and if you’re looking for something to do over the weekend, please consider taking up the holiday papercrafting challenge I have on my other blog.


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