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Rainbows & Gold Hearts

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Lately, I can’t seem to get enough of these colors… or gold… *happy sigh* Laura Bassen inspired!

In the past, I’ve always applied multiple ink colors to a larger block, misted and stamped, but I hadn’t tried one color at a time until now. LOVE!!!

Any water-based dye ink pads, such as the Distress Pads or Mini Pads, Distress Markers, or Adirondack Ink Pads will work well for this. Because of all the water that gets misted, I recommend sticking with watercolor paper for optimal results; other papers can’t handle that amount of water. Ask me how I know… ;)

Hope your week is going well!

1Julie

Sometimes…

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I got to spend Mother’s Day weekend with my sweet mama, and together we attended a baby shower for my cousin’s daughter, Tana, who is expecting twin girls!

SIDEBAR: the cousin I refer to is actually my dad’s cousin, Janice (we’re just closer in age to each other than she and my dad are). We’re trying to figure out exactly what my familial relationship is to both my dad’s cousin, Janice and, subsequently to her daughter, Tana. Am I Janice’s first-cousin once removed? Or, are we second-cousins? Dad and Janice’s grandmother is my GREAT grandmother, if that helps any… And, once that’s established, where do Tana and I fit together on the family tree? When the twins arrive, then what? *boggled* I think I will just pretend I am a Great Auntie and call it good! ;)

Anyway, with Tana expecting twin girls (Fun times ahead!!!), I had to design a rather unique card… Janice is, after all, the one who actually introduced me to rubber stamping and card-making in the first place (all her fault!!!), so there was no way I could arrive without a hand-made card, right?

Oh, the pressure!!! *insert vision of me, running around with arms flailing*

I had a piece of left-over watercolored paper laying on my desk and it was so pretty and the quote was one I found online… and then of a sudden the whole idea just kinda fell into place:  Add some clouds, two little hearts and the quote with my trusty Dymo Label Maker–that thing has saved me sooooo many times when I didn’t have a stamp that said exactly what I wanted! I love the “old school”/retro look… I suppose I should use my computer, but I have a bad habit of agonizing on which font to use and then the 5MQ ends up taking me over an hour all because of my indecision on font work… Oy!!!

It was a lovely shower, and sooooo good to spend some time with my mama–thank you to those of you that have asked me how she is doing! She is doing awesome!

1Julie

Designer note: I used some very old cloud and heart punches I had on hand, but there are plenty of cloud and heart die sets that can be used to re-create this design.

Thank You Dots

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Needed to make a masculine thank-you card and decided to go with a clean, mod design–I think this Hero Arts/Basic Grey background stamp really helped set the whole thing off!

Whenever I want/need a particularly deep, crisp (non-feathering) black impression, the ink I always reach for is Brilliance Graphite Black. Yes, it’s a pigment ink. Yes, it can be a little messier than most black pigment inks to clean up.  That’s because it’s a faster-drying pigment ink.  Usually, I just set it aside to air dry, or if I’m in a hurry, I will heat set it so I can keep moving.

You can emboss it if you don’t poke along and apply your embossing powder immediately after stamping. You can also use it on non-porous surfaces such as polyshrink, vellum and glossy card stocks; just heat set it.  Yup, you read right: A pigment ink you don’t have to seal with embossing powder on non-porous surfaces. BOOYAAAAH!!! *fist pump*

Everything about this design is pretty self-explanatory so I laid down a music track and cranked up the speed!

Enjoy!

 

Hope you’re havin’ a fab day!
1Julie

 

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