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Today’s Prompt is Shapes

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Hi Everyone!

It’s Susan with today’s prompt for the Random Act of Cardness – shapes.

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I had a few different ideas for this but in the end I decided to do something quick and easy. That seems to be my go-to right now so that’s what I did.

I decided to use shapes to make a couple of Holiday cards. If you’re still sending out cards then these could work for you because they don’t focus on Christmas, instead they are about the whole season.

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I’ve got lots of pictures so lets get started.

Here is the first card.

I started by securing a piece of watercolor paper to a board and drawing a very faint pencil line down the center of the paper. Then using the MFT’s Triangle stencil I started drawing out triangles starting with the largest at the bottom and working my way up the page with smaller triangles being sure to line the top point of each one to the center line.

Here you can see all the triangles.

Be sure to erase all the lines in the middle because once you start adding color they are not always easy to get rid of and you probably don’t want to see them in your finished product.

As I’m typing this up I’m thinking this tree would look cute if I kept the top points of the triangles all lined up but made each triangle a little wonky. I’ll have to give that a try and maybe even do some non-traditional colors.

I’m not going to talk about the watercoloring because really I kept it so simple using just a couple shades of green and mixing it around on the cardstock. No fancy techniques or skills used here.  The sky is a wash of light blue. I splattered on some watered down white paint and then used a white paint pen to add some bigger snow. I decided to add the sentiment right across the middle.

This next card is also a tree but made using the MFT’s Circle Stencil.

I started with another piece of watercolor cardstock taped to a board. This helps to keep the cardstock flatter when it’s finished and it also gives a nice white edge to the piece. I drew a large triangle very lightly with a pencil and then went about filling it with circles using the stencil. You could definitely free hand all of this for a more organic look but I’m really not good at drawing circles so I used the stencil.

I painted them in using a variety of non-traditional colors and then I used a silver to fill in all the gaps. This next picture shows it a little better. I finished the card by painting in a tree trunk and then adding the background. I started with a light grey but it wasn’t light enough so I dabbed some off with a paper towel and I really liked the mottled look so I filled in the whole background that way. It was a happy accident. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom this time instead of adding snow. I felt with all the circles in the tree that the splatters would just make it look really busy.

You could make a tree out of lots of small triangles or even rectangles and squares. Ohhhh that gives me an idea. Back to my craft room I go lol.

I used a MISTI to stamp my sentiments. If you stamp directly onto watercolor cardstock a stamp-positioning tool is a must. Doesn’t have to be a MISTI but I definitely recommend some kind of tool as it always takes stamping it a few times to get a good image because the paper is not smooth.

I used my Kuretake watercolors for these cards but you could do these with any paints at all. This would be fun to let your kids do too – they could use dollar store watercolors (if you don’t want them to use yours) and they could go crazy with stencils or drawing their own scenes to paint. Could be a fun activity for thank you cards to do over the Christmas break.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. I know it is not what we’re all used to and it’s difficult at times but I do hope you’re enjoying it.

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Tuesday with Tara {take 277} Christmas Joy

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is hoping to send some Christmas JOY your way with this bold & simple card design featuring a great die cut sentiment by MFT over a background created with assorted Rustic Wilderness Distress products.

The background was a bit of a ‘practice’ piece which I stamped, inked & stenciled on while working on some of my recent projects, so it has a variety of designs worked into it that ended up making a pretty fun background for a card like this!

I had hoped to make this card using one of the fun Iconic Christmas shapes that was featured in the blog hop, but I’m still waiting on mine to arrive in the mail… so I pulled out this cute Santa hat from the Festive Things die set by Tim Holtz.  I die cut it from red card stock as well as a scrap of white (the same pearly card stock I used for the sentiment).  Once I glued it all together and did some inking, I added a bit of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the hat.  I found some chunky green glitter I bought last Christmas and added it around the hat in the ‘O’ for a bit of extra fun.

All in all, this card pieced together pretty quickly and you can bet I’ll be making some more with a variety of colors and shapes in the opening!  I also have plans for another card using the letters that I cut out from this one… tis the season!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 275} Thanks, Deer

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing another card featuring one of the Darling Deer die cuts that I didn’t use on last week’s card.  I also stuck with a green color palette because I got the Rustic Wilderness Distress Inks ya’ll!!!  As I anticipated, they’re awesome!  Since today’s challenge theme is “thanks” I wanted to make a card that could be easily changed to a Christmas card with a simple change of sentiment.

I really just wanted to see what this Rustic Wilderness looked like, so I grabbed a blending tool and applied a thick layer of Distress Ink to some white yardstick.  Next I spritzed it with some water. I was a bit heavy handed and had more small splatter spots than I wanted, so I decided to layer over it with a stencil. I chose to use Candy Stripes by MFT and inked it tone-on-tone with the Distress Oxide Ink in the same color.  It gave me a panel that’s subtle, yet fun & festive-plus it shows off the variations in this gorgeous new green ink.

As I worked on my layers and the card layout, I added an embossed metallic pewter colored card stock.  I chose a pale grey as my card base, but added some stenciled snowflakes with Distress Oxide Ink to tie it all together.  I played around with adding some other details to the card, but decided I prefer the clean lines for this one!  Hope you like it too- thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,