Card for January Take It Make It Challenge: You're Special


Craft Stamper Magazine Take It Make It blog is challenging you again to take out your stamps and to get creative! The January theme is simple: 'Take A Stamp' which means that anything goes, as long as there's some stamping somewhere on the project. And one lucky winner will get an amazing prize by our generous sponsor DaliART:

On my take I decided to practice on masking techniques and made a simple card using five different stamps, some red stamping ink, grey markers, and a hint of gesso. Here's my finished card:

The image by Ashley G / Studio Calico is just adorable! The original design did not have a flower decoration included, but I thought I wanted to add something extra to decorate the pretty girl. I think the flower worked out just fine!

I started with stamping the flower on a piece of white cardstock. For covering the flower during the next step I stamped it again on a post it note, cut it out, and placed this mask on the stamped image (1). Then I stamped the girl image on top; positioning of a clear photo polymer stamp is very easy!
Then I again stamped the girl image on a post it note, placed my new mask on the stamped girl, and inked the white background with pink Distress ink (Picked Raspberry). To add more pattern on the inked surface I misted the cardstock with water, but kept the mister bit further away from the paper (approx. 30-40 cm), allowing the water to create splashes and different sized drops. Water reacted with the ink, and the drops became even lighter and more visible when I dried the background with a heat gun (2).
Then I added even more pattern by stamping on the background (the girl image was still protected with my post it note mask), and finished the decoration with 'stamping' horizontal lines with white gesso and an old key card (3). Once the paint was dry I removed the mask (4), and the image was ready to be coloured. For that I used grey and light pink markers.

The sentiment stamp is from another Studio Calico stamp set.

I think this card is one of my recent favourites. Hope you like it, too!

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  1. Beautiful card with a great background!

  2. Beautiful card. I love the design and the technique you did to achieve this look!

    1. Thank you Lois. The background technique is really one of my favourites; it creates a nice pattern so easily!

  3. A really neat card. That pink is my favorite color and the technique you used with it is great!

  4. This is so very fabulous! I so love this!

  5. Oh my this is such a terrific work of art :) love love love this

  6. Fabulous creation, Elina. You inspired me to pull out my Aha Arts stamps!