Frames & Flourishes

This nifty technique was also demonstrated in the card class I’m taking. I gotta say, this came out WAY cooler than I thought it would. Also, if you don’t use Pinterest to find really nice color combos, it’s worth your while to check it out. Design Seeds is one of my favorite on there; I have a board here that I collect some of my favorite color mixes. You will probably recognize some of them in my projects šŸ˜‰

But, I digress.

I used two oval dies from Spellbinders to make the ‘frame’ for my sentiment. I cut a 5.5″x4.25″ square of masking paper and centered the oval dies, cutting them both at the same time. I saved the all the pieces to mask off the parts of my card I didn’t want ink on.

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After I stuck the whole sheet of masking paper on the front of the card, I peeled off only the “O” shape. This is where I wanted to stamp and color my design. The stamp set is from Papertrey Ink and is called “Quilled Elegance”. There’s a link at the bottom of the post if you want to go check it out… it is one of my most favorite stamp sets. The loops are so much fun to color and you can get some really cool looks if you add in a few embellishments or finishes (read: glitter. Glitter makes everything better *nods*)

I’m all over the place today! Whew.. ok, back to the card šŸ™‚

I chose the largest flourish in the set and stamped it four times, and I used just the edge to fill in a few spaces that needed a little something. The coloring is done with Copics, and I used a combo that I found – you guessed it – on Pinterest. It’s the one called ‘Blossom Love’ on my color board, if you’d like to see how it translated. Also, if you’re interested I can post the Copic colors I matched up for the card from those swatches.


Next step was the fun part; peeling off the masking paper. It’s like opening a really big present on Christmas day! I did a few touch ups with my colorless blender and found a sentiment stamp to go in the middle, and I was done. I like making these one layer cards – so simple but so nice and pretty quick to finish. You could probably make a bunch of these to give as card gift sets in no time!

Thanks for stopping by!

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