Today, I have the great pleasure of Playing Cards with my friend from Sweden, Karin Åkesdotter! Not only has she inspired another of my PCWF cards, but she even honored my request to use her water coloring talents to paint our cats! [Still might be the very best surprise I ever gave to my husband] Karin's blog Peppermint Patty's has been such a pleasure to read for many years - I'm very, very lucky that she accepted my invitation to Play! Thanks, so much, my friend!
We are celebrating two National Holidays this month: Hug a Greeting card Writer Day and Locate an Old Friend Day! I've linked the celebration details so you can read all about them. Using one, or both of the holidays, here is our assignment:
· Use a die-cut sentiment as the star of your card
and deliver it to that friend!
How easy is that? I found a sentiment set in my stash that just has not seen enough ink and wanted to try that wonderful technique from Dawn at Wplus9 using silhouette stamps... you can find her instruction here. I went with a very watery stamping - for a moment, I thought it was a goner! But Dawn never steers us wrong!
- Load your MISTI with stamps of choice - I used Altenew's Leaf Clusters - and your favorite watercolor cardstock. [my current favorite is Fabriano hot press]
- Grab your daubers or blending sponges and choose some Distress Oxides that make you happy - I was thinking Autumn today.
- Add ink directly to the stamp as you'd like then give the stamps a spritz of water using a fine misting bottle like TH Mini Mister
- Close the lid of your MISTI wait a few seconds and have a second panel of paper at the ready - you won't believe it, but you will get a second stamping!
Since it was for a very special friend who will be hugging this greeting card maker soon, I brought out a bit of sparkle and added splats of gold spray, and that sentiment I mentioned - actually two from Waffle Flower's Sentiment Additions combo set of stamps and dies - that were heat embossed in Ranger Princess Gold. By positioning one to the left and one to the right of my panel it's as if there is a beginning and end which wraps around my card panel!
Just when you think I might be done... here's that second stamping all drizzled with gold spray, a camouflaged sentiment cut from the panel and then lifted with two additional cuts stacked below for dimension ...
[this one I'll save for a rainy day!]
I cannot wait to be bedazzled by Karin's brilliance! So, why not join me?
Karin, thank you so very much for Playing Cards with me today. I know you have your hands full with work, your darling boy, and husband! I consider it a great honor that you've shared some of your spare time with me! xx