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MFT – Trendy Triangles

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Hi Friends!   Chala here with today’s Random Act of Cardness word “shapes”.  It’s funny as cardmakers we can forget about using simple shapes in our creations.  Well, I am here to challenge you to pull out all your geometric shapes and get creative!

I chose to use triangles today with MFT’s Trendy Triangle stamp set, but of course you can use circles, squares, stars, etc.  Some great geometric stamps sets I also recommend are Concord & 9th’s Geometrics.

I stamped out the triangles onto some white cardstock in the following Distress Oxide Inks:  Mermaid Lagoon, Pine Needles, Squeezed Lemonade, and Barn Door, Seedless Preserves and Carved Pumpkin.   I then then fussy cut out the triangles.

There are so many combinations you can put together with these triangle designs and so many different ideas you can do!  I didn’t get to it this time, but I thought it would be fun to stamp out the Triangles with Versamark, heat set them with clear embossing power and the distress ink over top with a couple of colours. I think that would look really neat.

For today’s card I just simply laid the triangles out in a patter that was appealing to my eye and then adhered them down with some Art Glitter Glue.

This card is for my son’s birthday, so to personalize it I die cut out the number one  twice from a number die set that was given to me. You can use a set like Tim Holtz’s Countdown Thinlits Dies. Number dies are another staple I use a lot in making personalized cards.

One I had the numbers adhered down, I added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to add a bit of shimmer and interest.

The “Happy Birthday to You” sentiment came from the recently purchased  BirchPress Happy Lingo Stamp & Die Set.  I cannot wait to make more cards with this particular stamp and die set.  There are so many possibilities and so little time!  Especially since I am trying to knock this card out before I head out on my first post-pandemic vacation to……VEGAS!  In fact, when this post goes up I will be boarding the plane with a shirt that I made that says, “Vaxxed, Waxed and ready for Vegas!” .  Lol!  All kidding aside, it will be a very different feeling this time travelling, but a much needed holiday for the husband and I  (Thanks Mom for watching the kids.  You’re the BEST!).  I hope that you guys have been able to have some holiday time this summer too!

Here is the look at the finished card.  Simple shapes, simple colours, but a lot of fun!

Thanks for spending your time with me today and I hope you have an amazing day!


~Chala, xoxox


Monday, July 19th, 2021

Hello all! Kia here with you today for Day 19 of Random Act of Cardness. Today’s word is Rainbows.

I have made 4 cards for today. I think I got a bit carried away, but I was having fun. The colours in a rainbow have all my favourite and I love using them all together, so this was an easy challenge for me.

For the card above I used the Picket Fence stencil applying distress texture paste in Crackle. After letting the paste dry I put down the stencil again and applied the colour via distress ink pads and my Life Changing Brushes. I then added splatters using 3 of the colours, being Candied Apple, Mustard Seed and Wilted Violet and I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Fantasia.

For this Clean and Simple card I am using Heffy Doodles Lighthouse which I stamped with Memento Ink, along with a technique called Pointillism and my Copic markers. I wanted the yellow to be on the top, so that is where I started. I went around adding the start of the colours on the left side of the Lighthouse.

I then added yellow to the light area of the Lighthouse at the top, along with adding yellow in the windows. I coloured the front door in the red, and stamped the sentiment using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black. A fast and easy card to make.

Yes, the colours are done in the reverse – it is what I call a stampers prerogative. I did not like the heavier colours on the right, and did not like the Lighthouse on the left. So, I did it my way. The stripes I did using my Copics and tape to measure out each of the colours.

When finished I die cut the piece with Paper Rose Pierced Rectangles die. I then die cut the red card using the same die set, and cut the piece of orange matting, attaching all together and affixing to my white card base. I then stamped the Lighthouse and sentiment using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.

For my final card today,  I came closer to a Rainbow. Using distress inks on watercolour paper I water coloured the colours, meeting the colours as I went to get some blooms happening. Once the ink was dry I stamped the Lighthouse and sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne.

To finish up I matted in black and attached the pieces to a Gina K Design Coral Reef card.

Needless to say, I had a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy these cards as well. Following are Affiliate links to the products that I used for these cards at no extra cost to you.


Bounty of Backgrounds

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Hello Again!  It’s Chala and I am back to share a bounty of backgrounds with you!  I will be using two simple techniques to create 9 cards!

Since I created so many cards it may be easier for you to watch the video.  It is a bit on the longer side, running approximately 24 minutes, but you can always skip through what you don’t want to watch.  You can click HERE to watch the whole process and see all 9 cards I created.

The first technique I used was the “smooshing” technique with Watercolour Markers.  You can use any watercolour markers you have on hand.  I used some cheap Artist Loft as well as Zig Real Clean Brushes.  I love this technique for the cool loose backgrounds you get.  If you don’t have watercolour markers, don’t fret!  You can also use this technique with your Distress Inks!  Just smoosh them onto some acetate, squirt water and lay your panel down.  Just keep in mind where you put your colours down to avoid making “muddy” colours when they blend.

I let the panel soak up the “smooshed ink” until the panel starts to curl up.  You can then lay it down again to cover any spots that may have been missed.

I did four panels that were “loose” and the last panel I created I tried to control the scene a bit more as I wanted a “beach” feel.

I then went through my stash and found several dies and stamps that I haven’t used in a while to layer over top.  I will provide a list below of the items I can link to.

Here is a look at a few of the cards I created using this technique

The next technique I used was overlaping Distress Oxide Ink blending with some masking.  Watch the video to find out how I avoided a sticky disaster!

This created some beautiful and bold backgrounds and it even created some custom colours by layers two different distress oxide colours on top of each other.  These beautiful backgrounds really speak for them self, so I just added some simple stamping and/or die cuts over top.  Here is a look at three of the cards I created using this technique.

Again, I really encourage you to check out the video to see the entire process of how these cards came together.

I hope these cards have given you some inspiration to create your own bounty of backgrounds!

As promised ,here is a list of materials used with links where available.


MFT Rectangle Stax set 2 – similar – Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Dies

Post-it removable labelling tape

Artist Loft Watercolour Markers

Zig Real Brush Water Markers

Distress Oxide Ink in:  Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Seedless Preserve, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean

Blending Brushes

Concord & 9th – Alphabet Die set


Birch Press Viola Die Plates

Birch Press Kinsley Heart Layer set

Elizabeth Craft Dies – Leaf Pattern Background

Creative Expressions Luna Fairy Edger Die

Lavinia Stamps Dandelions

Hero Arts – Thinking of You stamp set

Stampers Anonymous Beautifully Braided


Art Glitter Glue

White cardstock

Coloured Cardstock

Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion

Tim Holtz Glass Mat

Stay crafty my friends!

-Chala xoxox