Happy Monday! You might be wondering where I have been… I didn’t mean to be gone, sometimes life just gets in the way. After traveling to California, I came home in time for Memorial Day weekend, my wedding anniversary, and the last day of school for Emma. It was a crazy busy start to a week on the heels of travel. Then I dug in to the super HUGE task of moving my studio to a different area of my house. What?! Didn’t I just move back in November? Yes, I did!
Here is the thing I learned about my beloved attic studio space… it was charming and quaint but really only spacious enough with all that stuff in there for one person to work at a time. With summer vacation approaching, I wanted to be creating things with Emma. At 10, she is a budding artist. She loves to work with polymer clay and make art beads. She told me that she really wanted to spend the summer crafting and that she wished we had a combined studio space. How can you not want to move heaven and earth to have a little more time with that girl creating next to you?
So we did it, my husband and I drug every bit of stuff back down from the attic to the basement. It took about 4 days to do it without dying of heat stroke. There is the other beauty of attic spaces in old houses. They are hot! We needed to replace the AC unit for the upstairs and was getting ready to do that when the discussion about sharing studios started. So I swapped cute (my attic studio) for cuter (my Emma) and saved $500 (the price of the new AC unit. I would say that is a major win. So yet again, I need to update the studio page and give you a look at the latest version of my creative space. I’ll save that for another day.
Until then, how about a card?
This card is such an easy card to create! Start with a cardstock base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folded in half). Ink the edges lightly using an ink blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Cut a piece of manila cardstock slightly smaller than the front of the card. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress ink to the manila cardstock through the Woodgrain Layering Stencil.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Brushed Corduroy to the edges of the manila cardstock. Mist water into your hand and flick it onto the manila cardstock. Blot the cardstock with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the manila cardstock.
Cut or tear a strip of vellum to cover about 2/3 of the front of the manila cardstock. I added a few drops of color at the top of the vellum using blue and yellow/green Distress Inks that were already on the foam on my ink blending tools using the Speckles Layering Stencil. I stamped the phrase from the Nature Walk stamp set on the front of the vellum using Jet Black Archival ink.
I stamped the bird’s nest from the Nature Walk stamp set below the sentiment using Jet Black Archival ink. I used a water brush to apply Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to the back side of the vellum. Use the fine nib on the markers to add some sharper details and to deepen the colors. Coloring on the back helps to keep the image stamped on the front of the vellum crisp and makes the colors showing through very soft looking.
Brush the edges of the vellum with Potting Soil Archival Ink for a crisp edging. Adhere the vellum to the front of the manila cardstock. Add machine stitching around the top and bottom of the vellum. Adhere the assembled vellum/manila cardstock piece to the card front.
I love that this card is so fast and simple but looks like it took time and has such great detail. The stamp of the next is one of my new favorites. The detail in it is simply amazing!
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