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 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)!