Sunday, August 17, 2008

Inky Fingers

Here are two of three of my club cards for this evening. The background is done with a sponge on regular cardstock.

For the first one, I used two colors - Sunflower and Autumn Terracotta. The first step is to lightly sponge the cardstock with Sunflower. I created my stencil with a circle punch and attached it to my cardstock using a repositionable adhesive. I applied more Sunflower ink and then Autumn Terracotta across the bottom. Additional Sunflower ink blends the colors together. As I mentioned in a previous post, I apply my ink using a circular motion, basically "scrubbing" the ink into the paper. And, yes, one's fingers get inking. I keep a baby wipe nearby for required clean-ups. Once I have my background looking the way I want it to, I add my stamped images. For the cards, we're doing tonight, I used tree images from Beautiful Things.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Cocoa Cardstock; Sunflower, Autumn Terracotta and Cocoa ink pads; Beautiful Things and Say it in Style stamp sets; 1-1/4 inch circle punch; Repositionable adhesive; Round sponge.

For my second card, I used three shades of blue - Crystal Blue, Moonstruck, and Outdoor Denim. As I wanted a white moon, I put my stencil in place before applying ink. On this one, I applied Crystal Blue ink in an area around my stencil only. Then, I added the Moonstruck and last, a small amount of Outdoor Denim across the bottom. You'll note that the ink coverage on this card is not as complete as it is on the first one. That was my intention. The trees and sentiment were stamped with Outdoor Denim.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy and Outdoor Denim cardstock; Crystal Blue, Moonstruck, and Outdoor Denim ink pads; Beautiful Things and Say it in Style stamp sets; Silver Brads; 1-11/16 circle punch; Round sponge.

I hope my friends think the cards are worth a little ink on their fingers! I really like the versatility of these cards. They would be appropriate for either a male or female for a birthday, thank you, or thinking of you card. I also think either would work for a sympathy card. That said, I have a lot to do again today, including cutting the paper for our cards. Whether I have time to play today remains to be seen. A girl can hope! That said, I'll sign off with thanks to you for stopping by and a wish that yours is a wonderful day.


Sara said...

I have been really inspired by your new cards / technique. I am gonna sit down today and try my hand at some.

Keep the great ideas coming.


Pammiewhammie said...

Kathi I wouldn't mind getting my fingers, toes, lips, eyebrows and chest inky to make these cards - they are stunning and I have to warn you these will totally be lifted here! BEAUTIFUL

Laurel said...

Gorgeous! Love the blue one.

Jeanne said...

Your stamper friends probably thoroughly loved getting their fingers (and anything else) inky so that they could make these stunning cards. Heck, I wish I could have come to your club so I could make these beauties!

Have a great Monday!

Scrap Jaci said...

Beautiful cards. I have a little something for you on my blog.

Have a great day!

Maricar said...

So pretty, Kathi.

Kariberry said...

These are so beautiful! TFS