Hey, welcome back! Last week I made a stationery box, with several cards and envelopes as a gift. One of the cards had a few more steps involved, so I’m showing you step by step how I made it today.
This is a 6 x 4 1/2 panel of Bristol cardstock. I love this paper for ink blending, and even for techniques involving a little water. If I’m using a lot of water, I use watercolor cardstock. But either would work well for this technique. I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to add stripes of color down the card in Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch.
Next I wanted to add some texture. I’m using a Small Square Acrylic Grid Stamping Block by Catherine Pooler. It has indents on the sides for my fingers, so I don’t accidentally drop it. And it has etched grid lines to line up small images and sentiments. But today, I don’t want to use the etched side, and get ink trapped in the etching.
I rubbed my Lucky Clover ink cube on the smooth side of the block, and misted it with water. Then I rubbed the ink cube over the paper, twisting the block as I went. This is basically ink smooshing, but using the block gives me more control. And I can add more ink until I’m happy with the results.
After I added texture to the whole panel, I let it dry. I die cut the panel using Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp. Next I used the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp leaves all over the panel. This is the Autumn Leaves stamp set from Wplus9. You don’t need a stamp positioner for this, but I wanted to stamp each image twice with Versafine Onyx Black ink to get a crisp dark image.
I need a way to hold my bookmark. This is one of the Perfect Vines dies from Catherine Pooler. I’m using Post It tape to hold it on my panel. But I don’t want to cut out the whole image, just the area in the center.
I used the Post It tape to line up the panel on my cutting plate. Then I added the second cutting plate going the other way. The only part of my panel with 2 cutting plates is the center, which means that’s the only part that will cut. This is how I do partial die cutting in my Big Kick, and it would also work for the Big Shot. I set this up to take pictures, then I set it up again in the machine before I ran it though.
Can you see the cuts in the panel? I die cut the vine again from black cardstock, and glued it over the cuts in the panel. You might be wondering why I didn’t just glue the black vine down at either end, and not worry about the partial die cutting. But the black cardstock is lightweight, and I didn’t want it to tear from the weight of the bookmark. You could also add a gift card, concert tickets, or another small gift.
I wanted to add some shine to the card, so I added Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen over the black die cut.
I attached my panel to my card base with tape runner, and you can see I was careful to only add tape runner to the spaces around the die cut.
Here’s the bookmark I made. I used the same 12 x 12 paper from Colorbok that I used to make the stationery box. I heat embossed a sentiment in white using the Everyday Sayings stamp set from Hero Arts. Next I attached it to a black mat with tape runner. I punched a hole at the top, and added black and white satin ribbons.
I tucked my bookmark under the die cut, and my card is finished. You could add sequins or other embellishments, just make sure they aren’t going to be knocked off by the gift as you tuck it in.
Have you ever made a card with a gift inside? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!