Tuesday, July 5, 2016

CASEplorations July

Welcome! I'm sharing my card for the July CASEplorations challenge over at STAMPlorations. We're CASEing this fabulous mixed media card by Elina Stromberg of Elina's Arts and Crafts. So much goodness on her blog to check out. You can read about her card in this blog post.

I definitely wanted to do some Distress Inking and keep the love birds theme. Here's my recipe.

1. Make a mask with heart die and use the negative. (TIP: Draw a pencil line down the center of the cardbase and align the points of the top and bottom of the heart along it!)
2. Stamp birdies from Smallbirds. Stamp and fussy cut a mask and cover them up.
3. Use sponge dauber to apply Wild Honey in center, Barn Door around outside of heart.
4. Stamp text element from Mixed Media Elements a few times on heart with Memento black ink.
5. Use hearts from Sketchy Coffee Cups and Frames and Flowers with water to bleach several spots on the heart.
6. Splatter with paintbrush and water.
7. Remove masks.
8. Watercolor birdies' bellies with Tumbled Glass.
9. Selectively ink and stamp sentiment from Party Time.
10. Die cut branch and sentiment and adhere.

Here's a close up so you can get a better look at the faint text stamping and that oh-so-fun water bleaching!

Whew. Sounds like a lot, but it wasn't really. Especially if you like playing with your Distress Inks, I certainly hope you'll join us at CASEplorations this month!

I'm joining the Red, White and/or Blue challenge at Simon Says Monday, All Things Bright and Beautiful at The Artistic Stamper and at Inkspirational


  1. Too much cuteness in this card! <3 ADORE it!

  2. Awesome love birds - they literally glow!

  3. So cute! Love those little birds in the big giant heart!! They look totally adorable!!

  4. Maria this is a stunner. I love the glow of yellow around the love birds...glowing with love! And the faint bleached hearts are so subtle but a fabulous touch. I am so pleased you joined us a Ink x

  5. Love your take on Elina's card! That heart really frames your birds perfectly!

  6. Wonderful CASE. Love the detail in the heart background.

  7. Fab card! Thank you for joining in the fun with The Artistic Stamper July Challenge- Debs DT

  8. So cute, Maria ... love the warm halo effect around those little love birds ... a sweet honey glow! Hugs, Anita :)

  9. Gorgeous card and I love the detail of the heart! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  10. Wow... this is beautiful! Your use of the ink and masking is really lovely and the colors look so bold! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna


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