Happy Monday! I *think* (knock on wood) that after a few false starts that spring is finally here in St. Louis. I have proclaimed it a couple of times already this year and put away my winter coat only to grudgingly have to dig it right back out. This time though, I think it is finally here to stay! To celebrate I am sharing a card with you that feels so light and fresh that it makes me think of spring.
This card is such a quick card to create! Begin with a plain white cardstock card. Tear a piece of manila cardstock to 4″ x 6″ ish. Emboss the manila piece using one of the fabulous new Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folders. I used the new Courtyard design. Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to the embossed piece. As you ink, let the edges curl and tear. Be sure to ink the backs of the curls so that they are colorful too.
To add a bit of shimmer, mist the embossed piece with a bit of Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists. I used Turquoise (sooo pretty!). Use a dry cloth to blot the excess and then dry using a heat tool. Use an ink blending tool to add a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the embossed piece. While you are inking, be sure to brush the edges of the white card as well to give it some subtle color.
Die cut a piece of manila cardstock using the Tim Holtz Courtyard Frameworks die. Paint the piece white using Picket Fence Distress Paint. Dry the paint with a heat tool. Use an ink blending tool to blend Broken China, Peeled Paint, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks onto the die cut over the paint. After drying the inks, splatter some water onto the die cut to create water spots in the ink. Use the heat tool again to dry the ink. Tap over the die cut with clear embossing ink. Sprinkle clear embossing powder onto the die cut. Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder. The finished die cut will have a glossy but aged look.
Wrap the Courtyard die cut around the embossed piece. Dye some crinkle ribbon with Distress Ink to match. Wrap the ribbon around the die cut and the embossed manila piece. Tie it off in a simple bow on the left side. Add a few Tiny Attacher staples to each side of the assembled piece. Adhere the assembled piece to the front of the card.
To finish the card off, add a run on sentiment to the ribbon. Dab a bit of Distress Paint onto a metal Idea-ology Adornment. Let the paint set a minute and then wipe off the excess with a dry cloth. Adhere the Adornment to the card next to the bow.
So easy and so pretty! And perfect to send to a friend to celebrate the arrival of spring (for real this time!).
PS.– Over the weekend, I added a couple more downloadable tutorials to the Printable Tutorials & Classes page.