Mini Series – Spring, Day 2

April 4, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’m excited to share this card with you, and it’s so much fun to create.

Here’s the written tutorial, too.

I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to the top of my watercolor paper.  Distress Inks blend more evenly with this paper.  I only applied ink to about the top inch of the paper.

I dried the ink with a heat tool.  This step is important, because Distress Ink stays wet for awhile, and I don’t want my embossing powder sticking to it.  You can also leave it to dry on its own, but I’m too impatient to wait.  Once dry, I used my EK Success Powder Tool heavily on the paper, and stamped a peacock feather from Recollections with Versamark Ink.  Versamark ink is a clear sticky ink that’s perfect for heat embossing.  I added clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.  I turned on a bright light, so you can see the embossing, but it basically disappears.

I added Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over the Mowed Lawn and now you can see the feathers.  The embossing powder traps the color underneath, and resists the second color.  I blended Peacock Feathers about halfway down the page.  If you’re using a smaller image, you won’t need to go down as far.  Any stamp would work for this, but I’m excited to use this feather.  You can see that my ink blending is a little splotchy, but we’re going to add more layers of color, so you won’t see it.

I used a paper towel to wipe extra ink off the embossed feathers, dried my paper again, and stamped more feathers between the first layer.  I took the photo before I heated the embossing powder, so it would show up better on the camera.


I blended on Mermaid Lagoon, going over my second row of feathers, and further down the page.  When I followed my next layer with Blueprint Sketch, I only blended over the new feathers, changing the color of the paper around them so the showed up.


I added Dusty Concord, and my last row of feathers.  I blended Seedless Preserves over the bottom feathers to help  them pop.

I trimmed down my panel with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp.  I didn’t really need to add this picture, but I wanted you to see the finished panel before I went to the next step.

I heat embossed my sentiment (from the same stamp set as the feather) in white on vellum, and trimmed it down.  Then I folded the strip around the panel and adhered it on the back so the adhesive wouldn’t show.  I attached my panel to a white card base with tape runner, and added a few Crystal Iridescent Sequins from Darice.  I used Glossy Accents to glue my sequins to the card.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment below.  Thanks for coming by!

  1. Beautiful, MIchelle! I saw your post on SN first, thanks for the “recipe” . What is the name of the stamp set?

    1. This is a Recollections stamp and stencil set, from their Color Splash collection. I don’t know what the set is called, and I can’t find it on Michael’s website. However, Hero Arts has a layering peacock stamp set, and the feather is very similar. Hope this helps!

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