Mirella here. I hope you are all well, and are enjoying our Mudra birthday celebrations! There is quite a lot happening, isn’t it exciting? Additionally, I am totally loving the new release – what about you?
I have 4 cards for you today, hope you enjoy these!
Card 1: Watercolours & a butterfly
1. I created the background panel on watercolour paper with Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers). I put 3 layers of ink on the cardstock, letting the panel air-dry between each layers.
2. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on the panel.
3. For some additional interest, I decided to die cut a frame in the panel, and I turned it 180 degrees before adhering all 3 pieces to a white card base.
4. I had a left over butterfly stamped on vellum from the projects I was working on previously, and I decided to add it in the bottom corner of the card – I think it fits there, doesn’t it?
Card 2: Distress watercolour lifting
1. Watercolour lifting is a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire – I encourage you to check her videos for more inspiration! Tip: this technique works fantastically well with Distress Inks, but other watercolours might give you similar effects, too – just give whatever you have at home a go!
2. I created the background panel on watercolour paper with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey). I put 3 layers of ink on the cardstock, letting the panel air-dry between each layers.
3. I stamped the hearts with Versamark ink & heat embossed them with a clear embossing powder.
4. I then “lifted” the colour from the panel by going over it with a brush loaded with clean water and tapping the panel with a dry cloth/a sheet of kitchen towel – whatever colour is “trapped” under the embossing powder, remained vibrant. The remainder of the panel faded quite a bit.
5. I stamped the sentiment and die cut the whole panel.
6. Before mounting the panel on a card base, I added some silver twine for additional interest.
7. As a final touch, I adhered some clear sequins here and there – these are not Mudra sequins, as I don’t have them yet (can’t wait!), but I am sure the Mudra ones will look equally nice! :o)
Card 3: Another example of Distress watercolour lifting – using scraps
1. I had a small left-over piece of watercolour paper, hence I decided to make use of it and make a smaller card – I think it’s always good to use scraps!
2. I pretty much repeated steps 2-4 from card number 2, using different Distress Ink colours (Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade) and a different Mudra stampset.
3. I stamped the sentiment, mounted the watercolour panel on black cardstock, and then adhered it all to a red card base – the card ended up being roughly 5.25 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide.
Card 4: CAS (Clean and Simple)
1. I recently purchased the Gazebo pack of mini ink cubes from Lawn Fawn, and wanted to try out the colours – but instead of doing swatches, I decided to make a CAS card. :o)
2. I used 3 out of the 4 colours in the set for stamping – my MISTI helped me hugely with aligning the sentiment (but do note that you don’t necessarily need a stamping tool to make a similar card!). Since the 4th colour of the ink pack is grey, I decided to mat my stamped panel with some grey patterned paper.
3. I heat embossed “today” on a scrap of black cardstock, and adhered it to the card with foam tape.
4. As a final touch, I added some Ranger Enamel Accents here ant there.
Which card is your favourite?
Don’t forget to play along with our current challenge where the theme is Celebration
Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:
Hindustan Trading Company, Chennai
Art and Craft Store – Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka
Kat Scrappiness , USA
Have a great day,