September, 26, 2016

When you sit down to create, where do you begin? My creative process almost always starts with stamps. They’re my one true crafty love and can completely inspire a design. But sometimes, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone — and that’s how today’s card came about! I made it using a new holiday stencil, a few dies, and only one tiny stamp.

Peace on Earth by Tami Hartley for Hero Arts

The square design features a circle window on the front and a soft, ink blended winter scene inside.


To get started, I die cut a white cardstock circle and sponged Aquatic ink fairly heavily through the Forest Scene Stencil, covering the entire piece. Then I added Green Apple towards the top of the circle and Orchid towards the bottom. By overlapping/layering the inks, you can get new entirely new colors. It’s a great way to stretch your supplies.


Here’s how it looked when I removed the stencil. Not exactly like the finished card in the photo, right?


That’s where the Unicorn magic comes in. Unicorn White pigment ink, that is. :) It’s one of my favorite tricks. Simply sponge the ink evenly all over the piece. You’ll end up with much softer colors and a super smooth, velvety finish. (Just be sure to heat set or allow plenty of drying time, as this is a pigment ink we’re dealing with here.) Take a look at the dramatic difference…


While the pigment ink is drying, you can create the frame for the front of the card. It’s an easy three-step process: 1) Cut the window using the second largest circle from the Circle Infinity Dies set; 2) Cut one Paper Layering Pine Tree; 3) Adhere the tree as shown and trim away any overhanging branches.


This piece can then be adhered to a square card base with a circle window cut to the same size. All that’s left is the glittered die-cut sentiment from the Peace Stamp & Cut set. Here’s a closer look at the window opening…


Creating this card was so much fun, I think I may have to step out of my comfort zone more often. I hope you enjoyed today’s project and photo tutorial. Thanks for stopping by!


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