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Happy Birthday

Hello all, Kia here with you today for Day 19 of the Random Act of Cardness challenge. Today’s prompt is “Pink”.

For my card I am using Gina K Designs Elegant Asters along with Sizzix’ Embossing Folder Quilted.

I ran the Quilted embossing folder through my Gemini Jr. using Neenah cardstock. For the smooshing I put down the colours on my work surface, starting with Spun Sugar, then Kitsch Flamingo and ending with Picked Raspberry.

I continued smooshing until I was happy with the look. For the final addition of the Picked Raspberry I spritzed with Perfect Pearls and water instead of just the water. This added a lovely shine to the background.

I then dried the piece using my heat gun and attached it to my Gina K Design card base using foam tape.

Moving on I stamped the butterfly first with VersaFine Clair ink in Glamorous, then with Nocturne. I then stamped the flower using Versamark embossing ink and heat embossed with Pink embossing powder.

Using the 66 Dot card I watercoloured the flower and butterfly using the Quinacridone Pink and Quinacridone Fuschia. To the flower centre I added Hansa Yellow medium.

I then die cut the pieces and styled them using my stylist. I stamped the sentiment using the VersaFine Clair ink in Glamorous, then arranged and attached the flower and butterfly with foam squares.

To finish I added a scattering a crystals and sequins.

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It’s a Mice Time To Celebrate

Hi Everyone! It’s Susan here today sharing a card for the Random Acts of Cardness and one of my favorite techniques. Ink Smooshing. It’s so much fun!

Here’s a look at the finished card

Let’s start at the beginning.

  1. smoosh some ink onto a glass mat, plastic sheet or a stamping block then give it a few sprays of water.
  2. take your paper (I used watercolor paper) and dab into the puddle of ink.


3. Be sure to dry between layers with a heat tool (this pic is after I repeated steps 1-3 with 3 colors)

I used 6 colors of ink on this panel so that means I repeated steps 1-3 six times. After I was done with the ink smooshing I made some more puddles of ink and using a small paint brush I splattered on some ink. I did this with 3 of the 6 ink colors.

I used Distress Oxide inks for this card so that tends to give a muted look. If you want to ‘brighten’ it up a bit take a little Distress Glaze and rub it all over the panel. Just use your finger to rub it on and this gives the ink a polished look. It’s hard to see in the pic but in real life there’s a definite difference.

For the rest of the card I stamped a mouse from MFT’s It’s a Mice Time to Celebrate stamp set, colored it in with my Prismacolor Pencils then fussy cut it out. There are coordinating dies for this set but I don’t have them and I don’t mind fussy cutting so I just cut it out.

The sentiments are from the same set and are embossed with WOW White embossing powder onto black card stock -probably my favorite way to do a sentiment – then adhered directly to the panel.

I attached the mouse with a wobbler for some fun – after all it is a party!

If you try this technique be sure to share it in the Facebook Challenge page. We’d love to see it.


Happy Stampin’

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