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Create a Simple Twisted Easel Card

Fun fold cards are always fun to make and I enjoy sharing ones that have simple techniques. Today, I am sharing s spring twisted easel card design and sharing how you can create a washed watercolor look when you stamp with distress oxide inks.

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These two cards were created using the Not2Shabby Spread Your Wings stamp of the month. I chose not to shade them with colors this round, but, instead, used a mix of inks to give them a mixed watercolor-like look.

While the stamp was on a stamping platform, I stamped each image with a soft distress oxide color. Before the ink set, I blotted bits of another color onto the stamp and pressed it onto the previous layer.

This process was repeated with the third ink color to give it this washed look with a chalky finish. This technique is a great way to quickly shade your images and no coloring is required.

Distress Oxide inks are pigment based, so they require a little bit of dry time before cutting out the images with the dies. I layered two floral images and a large butterfly on each of my cards, but the set comes with other images you could use.

Each butterfly was decorated a little differently. On one, I added micro-pearls on the wings to give it a bit of elegance. The other was dresses with silver twine and gems. There are so many possibilities.

The twisted easel card requires the sentiment to be popped up on some foam tape so that it can work as a stopper. This is placed at an angle inside the card so that it holds the fold in place when it is propped up.

In my video, I share the cutting and assembly instructions for this card design. If you would like a set of printed instructions, you can find them here.

Both cards are perfect for spring with their bright colors, textures, and patterns.  The distress oxide inks give them a softer feel with that washed color and I love how that looks.

If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to leave me a comment.

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