Argyle Card Tutorial

July 17, 2017

Hey, glad you came by today!  Last week, I shared a card I made by accident.  Well, now I’m back with a tutorial for a similar card.

I wanted to show you my work surface for today, a piece of graph paper in a plastic sleeve.  This is designed to be used with a 3-ring binder, but I love using it for ink blending, watercolor, and traveling. I’m using Distress Oxide Inks today.  These inks are a fusion of pigment and dye ink, which means they’re perfect for ink blending! I used Worn Lipstick and a Mini Ink Blending tool to make a stripe across the panel of watercolor cardstock.  Then I added Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.


After the ink blending, I sprinkled water over the panel to activate the oxide effect.  Then I lifted the water – and some of the color – with a paper towel.


This Lattice Frame die from Catherine Pooler is what I’m using to create my diamonds today. If you don’t have this die, look over the dies you have and see what you can create.  Usually, the frame is what I use, and I throw the diamonds away.  Today, I’m doing the opposite.  And note my very important tool for paper removal – a large safety pin.  You can see some of the pieces around the edges fell out, but I don’t need them.


I’m using a ruler and a Zig pen to draw diagonal lines across the die cut, and I’m going over all of the pieces.  I’m being careful to keep the pieces in the die, but a couple didn’t want to stay put.  This is why I used watercolor cardstock, it’s a little bit sturdier, and the pieces don’t fall out so easily.  You can see some of the lines aren’t perfect, but that’s easy to fix.


NextI cut a strip of black paper to 2″ x 5 1/4″.  I went back later and cut it down a little more, so it ended up being about 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″.  Then I cut pieces of foam tape and added them to the diamonds I wanted on my black panel.  I messed up drawing my black lines on a couple pieces, so I punched them out  and used what was left.  You can see that I recycled my watercolor paper from an earlier project, so nothing goes to waste.


After I added foam tape, I uncovered the adhesive, pressed it to my black panel, and lifted the rest of the frame away.  I love how clean and simple this looks!  If you want to make the design bigger, it’s easy to add more foam tape and line it up with the first ones.  After I attached all of my diamonds, I went back and trimmed my black panel down a little to center the design.

I used the leftover watercolor panel to die cut my sentiment.  This is the Hello Stamp And Cut die/stamp set from Hero Arts, and now my sentiment will match my ink blending perfectly, with no extra work!

I added my die cut to the card front with Glossy Accents, and stamped the rest of the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Finally I attached a few Crystal Iridescent sequins from Darice to finish my card.

Have you ever had a “happy accident” card happen to you?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

  1. Great tutorial, Michelle, and the finished product is lovely.
    Using a piece of Press-n-Seal plastic wrap under your water-colour panel will help the little bits from the lattice die stay in place, while you add the lines and adhesive. Less frustration, more creation!

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