Hello, crafty friend! Today starts a new mini series of projects & tutorials featuring a tropical stamp & die collection designed by Kat Uno for Catherine Pooler Designs. Let’s get started with the first project…
Step 1: Stamp, Color, & Cut
To start, I stamped images from “Hey Tweetie” in an alcohol marker-safe ink onto a thick white cardstock. I then used alcohol markers to color the images before die cutting them all out.
Step 2: Layout Planning
Once I had a stack of die cut images ready to use, I began planning the layout.
I started with an A2 card front and drew lines with a pencil where I planned to do some ink blending and stamping, so I could better envision how the images would show in the opening.
Step 3: Ink Blending
Ink was then added using foam blending tools. I placed the darkest color on the bottom and transitioned into lighter colors to mimic the sun shining down through the tropical canopy.
Step 4: Stamp & Emboss
Once the ink blending had dried and settled, I then stamped leaf images from “In the Tropics” in clear embossing ink and heat set detail white embossing powder on top.
Step 5: Splatter
I can’t make a card without a bit of ink splatter, so I flicked white pigment, blue acrylic, and clear sparkly ink over the ink blended and stamped area.
Step 6: Card Base
While I waited for the ink splatters to dry, I grabbed a top folding A2 card base and some white linen textured cardstock which I trimmed down into two strips: 1/2“x51/8” & 2″x51/8“.
Step 7: Trim & Tape
Once the inked layer was dry, I trimmed away some of the edges until I was left with a 37/8“x51/8” panel.
I then attached the ink blended panel to the card base with flat tape and the linen cardstock strips with foam adhesive.
The die cut images were also added ensuring a bit of foam adhesive was tucked under areas where they would hang over the inked area, so they would be protected from sagging.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
A few lines and dots were added to the bird with a white gel pen.
Finally, a few sequins were added, and that was it!
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– Laura Evangeline