Creating a lacy underlay

Lacy Underlay
Hello Friends, Anything new with you?? I'm just marveling at the speed the weeks are passing  by. 
Today I created some lacy cards for the Penny Black blog. We are sharing our favorite stamps and this one is top on my list. 
For the more detailed card on the right I created a lacy overlay. The other two cards were quick and simple.
Can you see the stamped image underneath the vellum?? I have fallen in love...with this kraft that just arrived in the Simon Says card kit. (see here for giveaway) This kraft paper is smoother than any kraft I have used before and it's slightly lighter which I like much better. The top panel of my card is the kraft paper I am referring to. I ran out of it so had to use some other stuff that I wasn't as thrilled with. More card details below. 

This is my simple and quick card. Honestly it's super fast and super fun to color with this white gel pen. The width of the pen fits perfectly in between the lines. To add some shading to the flowers petals I used this white pencil. Added a little of my favorite distress ink to the corners. After I die cut my circle I cut a few pieces from the circle to add to my white center circle. (I also stamped an extra flower to pop on the top)  This sentiment is perfect for any occasion. 

Just a note
I literally threw this one together. I wanted to color with some pencils on the kraft paper to show another way to combine these inks and kraft. I used this Spellbinder die for the SRM sentiment.

I have yet...... until now....... found the prefect brown ink and this one is absolutely perfect. I am so excited. Usually the brown inks are to "brown" or have to much orange in them for my taste. For the underlay I used this lighter brown ink and only the white pencil (not the white gel pen) so the underlay would be soft and not steal the show. I cut out portions of the empty space on the cards front panel leaving the corners to anchor the card. (see left)
I  distressed the corners with Gathered Twigs distress ink. You can see the glossy accents in the corners that I used to adhere the vellum. It will be covered up when I pop my front cut out lacy panel.
If you look close you can see the stamped flowers under the vellum. Soft and elegant. For some reason I just couldn't add a sentiment. I just wanted to keep the card clean, simple and lacy.
I hope you give this a try and if you do send me a photo or a link so I can see what you created.
Off to pack for  a quick trip to New York tomorrow. Thanks for your visit. Hugs, Kathy



Giveaway - Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

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Wishing You
Hello Friends, I am so excited to bring you another opportunity to win one of Simon Says Stamp's awesome Card Kits!
All you need to do is leave a comment on my post and Monday I will select a random winner 

THE WINNER HAS BEEN randomly chosen. See this post here.
(please note you must be a follower of my blog or subscribe to it). The kit is chock full of yummy goodies & I struggled what I should use first on the three cards created with the kit. Click here to see the full kit and here if you would like to suscribe. If you have questions about the kits etc. click here.  (If you win you will get a refund for the April card kit.) A big thanks to Heidi for letting you, my friends have this chance to win. 
Before you go I have a mini tutorial on how I created the "tapestry" background. 
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Spellbinder die cuts are one of my favorite ways to create a window especially with this particular one. The handle was cut off of the umbrella to turn it into a beach umbrella. The background was stamped with the kits stamp. I used the same stamp for the masculine card (above) except I cut it out to resemble an arrow. 
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Deciding which papers to use was difficult so I decided to stamp the umbrella's multiple times. 
I cut the umbrella's apart, distressed them and glued them on my card base. (after gluing I decided to re-design my card so I cut the umbrellas out.)  
To create a tapestry background cut three sheets of paper at the same time . Cut them at a slant in varying widths. Be sure to keep the papers stacked in order so they will fit together perfectly.   
Separate your paper and add distress ink on the edges. I used this... my favorite brown. 
Glue the cut pieces into the corners of a sheet of paper. (This way is faster then trimming to fit your cut papers.)
Now it's time to trim away the excess white. What do you think?? Do you like the richness that the brown distress ink adds to the papers?? Don't forget to comment to enter to win. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for taking the time to visit. Hugs, Kathy



One catalog card and a tag :)

Hello Friends, How was your weekend? Were you experiencing exceptionally warm weather like we were? I am working on some cards with the new Penny Black stamps and am so anxious to finish. I just finished a few cards with the April Card Kit here that I will share in my next post. So far all of Simon Says kits have sold out so keep that in mind if ordering is on your "to do" list :) about the card details? This card & tag were created for the PB 2012 catalog. Honestly I LOVE this woodgrain stamp called "Inspiring".  I use these cloud punches all the time...easy as 1...2...3! Punched them & stamped them with the wood grain in worn lipstick distress ink.
(they come in two sizes) I created a "polaroid" snapshot with a spellbinder square. The sentiment is from this transparent set. The focus stamp is called "tour de fun" and she just makes me happy and makes me think spring... perfect for the wacky weather we are experiencing. 
Special Day
This stamp is the most fun and so quick to color. I inked up this stamp for the background on my tag.
I would love to hear what you are working on. Keep checking in if you don't subscribe to my blog giveaways coming soon. I hope your week will be off to a great start. Hugs, Kathy
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