Creating a Card for the Let’s Color It H2H Challenge

COLOR is defined as the ability add hue, lightness, or saturation using dye, stain or paint.  Are you ready to add some color to your projects? This month, for the Heart2Heart Challenge, we are asking you to show off your “coloring” skills and Color It using whatever medium that brings you joy.

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There are so many ways to add color to a project, and as much as I would love to show you every single one, let me show you how to Color It using our Re-inkers. My card, Expect Miracles, was designed for a friend who has had quite a few waves hitting them lately; hence the use of seashells. I am planing to add Isaiah 43:2 to the inside.

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WARNING: You are about to get messy. You are welcome to grab yourself a pile of gloves. As I sit here typing a day later, my hands are still blue from creating this card.  

You will want to start by placing some drops of Re-inker onto an All Purpose Mat.  I chose to use various shades of blues and blue-greens.  Using a Spray Pen, mist the drops of ink allowing it to pool and spread.  I prefer to use Isopropyl Alcohol and a few drops of Clear Shimmer in my Spray Pen. The alcohol dries faster than water, and the shimmer adds a slight iridescence. I  was warned by my former-firefighter hubby not to use my heat gun to dry it.

Take a piece of Watercolor paper and drag it through the mess of ink. (This is where you might want some gloves.)  DO NOT USE CARDSTOCK.  You can see here, the first drag-through versus the second drag-through.  After the ink has dried completely, trim the paper to 5½” x 4¼” and begin stamping.  MissCarriesCreations-ExpectMiraclesCard-1stVS2nd

As I stated, since this card was about crashing waves, I chose to use our Beach Treasures stamp set. (This set can be purchased with or with out matching Thin Cut dies. Before I started stamping, I created some masks using Full Adhesive sticky notes.

Using VersaMark Ink, I stamped the images onto the background, added Gold Embossing Powder, and heat set the powder with a heat tool.  Make sure that you use the Anti-Static Pouch and save yourself a big mess of static nastiness.

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Once the images are heat-set, you will begin REMOVING the color using a Waterbrush. Place a paper towel under your paper, and begin brushing water over the images. Don’t worry too much about staying in the lines. I found that as the ink ran over the edges, it created a beautiful shadow effect. I did, however, make sure to not remove too much ink where I wanted shadows to remain on the shells.

The effect is mesmerizing.  You can continue to go back and remove more ink if you need, just make sure to allow drying time between to see the effect. This card may have left me with some blue fingers, but I am overwhelmed with joy at the final result.

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I hope this card inspires you to join us for the Color It challenge at the Heart2Heart challenge blog. You can stop by and be inspired by some wonderful projects and link-up your creation for all of us to enjoy. What will you use to Color It?

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Highlight the Details – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Highlight the Details Technique Blog Hop where we will be Highlight the Details Blog hop.jpgfeaturing a various techniques that highlight the details of Close to My Heart products.   If you have come here from Darlys Reckerr’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

For this week’s Blog Hop I decided that I would feature our Love So Sweet stamp set and show you how I used a masking technique to “highlight” those delightful butterflies. This double easel card was a simple one to make, but in it’s simplicity it truly calls attention to those stamped images. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardSMBefore I begin to explain my Masking Technique, let me first list the measurements for the card. You will find the complete list of supplies I used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

Now that you have the pieces for the card, let me show you how I created the background.  I began by stamping the Butterfly image with Intense Black Ink onto the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy cardstock.  Our Intense Black Ink is the best to use for Watercolors and Alcohol Markers because it is waterproof, non-smearing, fast-drying AND acid-free 

After stamping the images, I stamped a single Butterfly onto a stack of five Full-Adhesive Sticky Notes then cut out the stack to create five masks. These masks were placed onto each of the stamped images on my cardstock. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardButterfliesMaskedI then used Fern Ink to stamp the Leaf images randomly onto the cardstock overlapping the butterflies and making sure that some went off the edge. Before removing the masks, I stamped a few Sugarplum flowers between the leaves and “behind” the butterflies. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardLeavesStampedAfter removing the masks and painting the butterflies, the rest of the card was simple. I added the remaining paper layers, stamped the sentiment using our Wordfetti stamp set, and added some Sugarplum Flowers and another Sapphire butterfly.

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To “highlight” the flowers, I added a few strokes from the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush to the centers. I feel that this added some dimension to the images. This card was so simple to make that I decided to create a short “How To” video for my Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations VIP Facebook Group. I will be posting it later this week for each of you to view. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardHeader.jpgNow ‘Hop” on over to Terry Metzger’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Love So Sweet stamp set is only available, while supplies last, until April 30th. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to order yours.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Love So Sweet Stamp Set

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Wordfetti Stamp Set

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Feels Like Home Paper

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Watercolor Pencils

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks

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Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pewter Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sugarplum Glitter Gems

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Small Round Waterbrush
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All Purpose Mat
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Sugarplum Shimmer Brush
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Bone Folder
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Thin 3D Foam Tape
Art Glitter Glue Designer Dries Clear Adhesive 4 oz with Ultra Fine Metal Tip
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Full-Adhesive Sticky Notes
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Micro-Tip Scissors
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3D Foam Dots
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White Cards & Envelopes