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Friday Focus — Distress Inks #1 & Online Card Classes Flash Sale

Hi all! Happy Friday! Before I get to the card and video for today, I wanted to give you a heads up. :)

We’re having a Flash Sale at Online Card Classes this weekend. All past classes are $5 off the regular price. So if you’ve been wanting to try out a class, now is the time!

For today’s video I wanted to start a new Friday Focus miniseries focusing on Distress Inks. I think they are so fun and there are about a million different ways to use them. I played with them tonight and this is what I came up with…

To try the bands of color, I first inked up the Wide Stripes background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, sprayed it with a bit of water, and pressed some watercolor paper on the stamp. Then I took the stamp and stamped it onto a Craft Sheet, leaving droplets of color on the Craft Sheet. I picked up the droplets of color with a new piece of watercolor paper and it created these fun stripes of splotchy color.

Be sure to watch the video below if none of that made sense. LOL! :)

Anyhow, enjoy the video!

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Friday Focus – Inspired By #11

Hi all! For Friday Focus this week I wanted to continue the Inspired By series. I love these cards! :)

My inspiration this week comes from a coffee mug I found on Pinterest. Sadly, the mug isn’t for sale anymore. After a bit of internet sleuthing, I discovered that it’s a mug designed by Petra Boase. I looked for the mug on her website but couldn’t find it.

So even though I didn’t use the same colors as the inspiration piece, I wanted to try stamping diagonal stripes with an offset seam. I thought it looked so cool!

I stamped the stripes with the Basic Stripes stamp set from Clearly Besotted and a bunch of Memento Luxe inks (see the exact colors in the supply list below). And the greeting is from Mama Elephant’s new Bountiful Blessings stamp set, and it was embossed in Ranger silver embossing powder.

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Friday Focus – Inspired By #10

Hi all! Happy Friday!

Today I’m creating another Inspired By card. I really think Inspired By cards are some of my favorite! :)

While I was looking around at Pinterest sometime this week, I came across this image of tulips and fell in love with the color palette and thought it would be perfect for a card. (The original image is from this blogger).

So I borrowed the colors from the photo and watercolored bands of color. It’s a very loose interpretation of the inspiration, but sometimes that’s the most fun!

To add interest to the card, I added a bit of stamping. The border stamps are from Mama Elephant’s On Point Borders stamp set (I filled in the stars border with a black pen), and the greeting stamp is from Lawn Fawn’s Chit Chat stamp set. I also used the coordinating dies to cut out the talk bubble shape. I drew the stitched line with the same black pen.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow for another card and video. Yes, on a Saturday! :)

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