If you’re wanting to add a softer color to the edges of your card or cut-out, you can always just add a little ink to your dauber and brush the edges.
Just tap your desired ink pad with the dauber a few times. Be sure to dab first onto a scratch piece of paper to remove excess ink. It also helps to have some trash paper underneath so that you don’t have to worry about making a mess all over your crafting area.
You can compare this to how the card would look if you just use the scalloped cutout and layer the paper.
The brushed technique leaves you with a softer edge and a more subtle color transition.
Halloween is nearly here, which means that Paper Pumpkin has been busy, busy, busy. We thought you might like “a hand” with your frightful festivities, so we designed September’s kit, Bone Appétit, with them in mind.
This kit includes 20 food-safe treat boxes, a unique and exclusive Halloween stamp set, and a spooky, special-edition box. September’s kit also gives new meaning to the word “handmade.” (Cue the scary laughter!)
Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White
For my project this week, I wanted to integrate Cricut’s draw capabilities with my stamping. The front of the card was created using the sitting pretty bundle from last year. It features two of the 2018-2020 In Colors (Blueberry Bushel and Call Me Clover). If you look closely, you’ll notice there is a rhinestone acting as a picture hanger (cards can always use a little bling!).
For the inside, I tried out Cricut’s draw feature to help me create the inner sentiment which was a customer request. The hardest choice was definitely trying to figure out which font to use. I really like the way it came out!
The Band Together bundle is one of my favorites. The flowers are beautiful in just about any color, and the dies cut out some very detailed frame shapes (See Magnolia Lane and Detailed Bands). The ribbon and spotted paper are from the Everything Is Rosy Medley.
The best cards are the ones that come with an unexpected surprise. For this card, I actually had planned to just feature a technique using the sponge daubers. Clearly, I got a tad carried away.
The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, and the inner window is from the nested dies. The bird is stamped and colored with blends.
To make the realistic brick look, I first used the bricks 3D embossing folder. Then, I dabbed the sponge dauber onto my Merry Merlot ink pad.
There are two key tips to keep in mind with this technique:
#1 – After inking, tap a couple of times onto scrap paper (or your grid paper) to remove any excess or uneven ink.
#2 – The dauber is used in a brushing motion the length of the card. This way the ink darkens the edges of the bricks the most. If you touch the paper then make a brushing motion, you end up with dark circles of ink that will make the entire brick the same color (instead of just the edges).
This same technique can be used with just about any ink (even metallics)!
I just love these farm animal stamps. They have so much personality and are fun to color. The stampin’ blends markers make them appear watercolored. The buffalo check stamp is easy to use and enables you to create your own paper/backgrounds.