Alcohol Markers, Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Heat Embossing, Ink Blending, Summer, Thinking of You

Caw Me

Hello, there! Today I’m sharing the second project in a mini series of tutorials featuring a tropical stamp & die collection designed by Kat Uno for Catherine Pooler Designs. If you missed the first one, check it out HERE. Otherwise, let’s get started with this one…

Step 1: Ink Blending

To start, ink was blended over an A2 card panel using foam blending tools. I placed the lightest color in the center and transitioned out into the corners with darker colors.

(Tip: Blended inks almost always look splotchy while they’re still wet. You just need to ensure you’re using a good quality ink and you’ve applied enough to cover any white showing through. As your panel dries, the colors will meld into one another.)

Step 2: Stamp & Emboss

Next, I stamped leaf images from “In the Tropics” in clear embossing ink and heat set detail white embossing powder on top.

Step 3: Splatter

I took my card panel over to my fancy splatter box (a trash can) and flicked white pigment, blue acrylic, and clear sparkly ink over the entire panel.

Step 4: Layout Planning

While the panel dried, I moved on to planning the layout of my card.

I started with a top folding A2 card base and a piece of linen textured cardstock trimmed to 3″x5.25″. I punched a 2.5″ circle window through the top end of the linen cardstock piece and selected two birds, a branch, and speech bubble from the die cuts I cut & colored at the start of this mini series. All I needed to do was stamp “caw me” in black ink, and I was good to go.

Step 5: Assembly

I trimmed the ink blended panel down to 4″x5.25″, so I would have a thin white border around the card front. Before attaching it to the card base with adhesive tape, I punched out a circle where it would get covered. I couldn’t stand the though of so much pretty ink blending getting covered and going to waste when I could make a cute tag out of it later.

The linen textured cardstock was then added on top using foam adhesive.

The die cut elements were added next using a combination of flat and foam adhesive depending on how they fell over the open window. I didn’t want to risk any of them sagging or getting smashed down into the window during their through the mail.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

For the finishing touch, several sequins were added as well as a few lines and dots to the birds with a white gel pen.

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– Laura Evangeline

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