Cardmaking, Heat Embossing, Thank You, Watercolor

Beautiful Inside & Out Card

Hello, crafty friend! Today I am sharing a project created with the new “Summer Nights” collection from Catherine Pooler Designs which releases on Wednesday!

Here’s how I created this card…

Step 1: Get Jiggy

As I often do, I started out by creating a stamping jig. Luckily, the “Night in Flight” die set comes as one piece with only one little swoop shape needing to be snipped out before I was able to run it through my die cutting machine.

Once I had the jig template made, I placed it into my stamping platform and secured each stamp image so it would line up with the openings. Then I was able to stamp and emboss all the images as one and die cut each panel in one quick pass. I was able to crank out over 50 pieces in just a few minutes with this method, and was then ready to get playing.

Step 2: Create the Card Base

For the base of my card I chose a top folding mini slimline (3.5″x6″). I then chose a piece of floral paper and trimmed it to 3″x5.5″, so I would have a quarter inch border around the card front. An oval die was used to create a centered window through the patterned paper and the front layer of the card base.

Decorative stitching was added around the border of the patterned paper piece. I then trimmed a piece of adhesive foam 1/4″ smaller. I didn’t have a die slightly larger than the opening, so I used the same oval die as before to cut a window through the foam adhesive. To ensure the foam edges wouldn’t be seen, I cut the piece into quarters and secured them slightly away from each edge.

Step 3: Stamp the Sentiment

I played with the placement of the elements a bit, then stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card, so it would show centered when the card was closed.

Step 4: Watercolor

Next, I squished my mini ink pads onto a large acrylic block to create a watercolor palette, and painted a pair of moths to coordinate with the patterned paper. (If you have re-inkers, you might consider using them for this technique as well.)

Step 5: Finishing Touches

After securing the dragonflies (or moths?), I then stamped a couple of ‘swoops’ in a slightly lighter shade than the sentiment. Several sequins were added as well as loads of sparkly ink splatter.

Okay, there it is! What do you think of these colors? Which one is your favorite?

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Until next time… stay crafty!

– Laura Evangeline

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3 thoughts on “Beautiful Inside & Out Card”

  1. Hi Laura.
    This is a cute little card. Some of the processes were confusing to me. Do you use a sewing machine for stitching around the card? Also, what is a jig template and how do you create one, please? I like the way you created the watercolor pallet on a stamping block. Are your Dragonflies/Moth embossed? Your coloring of them is beautiful.

    1. Thank you.

      Yes, I did use a sewing machine to stitch around the border.

      A jig template is the left over piece of cardstock after you die cut which is usually thrown into the garbage. I think this post of mine, might show the details better on how I use that piece to make stamping very quick and easy when you want to make more than one piece at at time:

      Yes, the dragonflies & months on this card were stamped on watercolor paper in clear embossing ink then white embossing powder heated up on top to create the resist effect. It makes water coloring so much easier when there are little wells formed.

      Thank you so much for your feedback and questions. Please let me know if you need anything else. I’m so happy to help!

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