Hello, my crafty friends and thank you for stopping by! It’s Tuesday so that means ‘Just Us Girls’ challenge time. It’s trend week this week and the trend is long and skinny! Check out the full details and design team cards here. I was so excited to see this week’s challenge because I had just made my first ‘long and skinny’ (slim line) card earlier last week. I really loved creating the card I’m going to share with you so I hope you like it too!
I started out by making my card base and the panel I was going to do my stamping on. The card base is made out of My Favorite Things (MFT) 100# Lemon Drop cardstock. I cut the piece to 8.5″ x 7″ and scored it at 3.5″ with my new score board. I then cut a piece of my Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper to 8″ x 3″. I wanted the yellow card base to peak out from behind the white cardstock so instead of cutting it to 8.25″ x 3.25″, I took a whole half inch off each length. I’m still getting the feel of my new score board, I need to be careful because the paper tends to slip when I had to flip the cardstock around to score the other end (it was a tad longer than the board).
Next I took my Bristol and got to stamping. I stamped all of my images with my Gina K Amalgam Black ink instead of my Versafine. I first laid it long ways across the middle, letting the top hang out and then I did my stamping on the bottom. I used the long little town stamp from the Simon Says Stamp “Home Sweet Home” stamp set for the bottom of the panel. I then flipped it around so it was vertical and then I stamped my hot air balloons from the MFT ‘Up in the Air’ stamp set. This stamp set is probably the favorite on I own from MFT, and I own quite a lot!
Since I wanted to do an ink blended sky, I needed masks because I didn’t feel like using masking liquid. I took my Simon Says Stamp masking paper and stamped all three of the balloons I had stamped on the card onto the paper. I was still using the Amalgam ink. Once they were stamped, I used my Cutter Bee scissors and got to cutting each image out. I’ve learned from watching YouTube and general trial and error that it works because if you cut along the inside of the line you’re cutting. It makes for a more seamless blend.
To create the sky, I used my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in ‘Tumbled Glass’ and the MFT ‘Cloud’ stencil. I blended the sky on using my sole Picket Fence Studio blending brush. I find that the brushes work better when you’re doing a sky background because you have less ink on the brush compared to the foam pad and the brush allows the color to fade out nicely. With a very very light hand I brought the Tumbled Glass down into the town and just went over the buildings figuring my coloring would cover the ink on the buildings and trees.
Then, as you probably guessed, I got to coloring all of my images. I used my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils as well as my Color It gel pens for the polka dots on the blue balloon and the two little dots on the purple one. I love using my glitter gel pens when I can, I think it adds a little something- don’t you?
Of course, I had to attach my panel to my card base when I had finished all of the coloring and as you probably guessed, I used my favorite 1/2″ Scor Tape. Seriously, this tape is my absolute favorite dry adhesive. Just don’t place it and then try to move it. That’s bad news, I’ve been there for you, no need to test it! hah!
On the inside of the card, I used the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the MFT stamp set and I stamped it using my Versafine Onyx Black ink. I wanted to add a bit of decoration so I took the two smaller hot air balloons and I stamped them using Lawn Fawn ‘Freshly Cut Grass’ dye ink. I thought the bright green would stand out the best against the yellow card. One of the best things about slim line cards? Lots of room to decorate the inside!
A card by me wouldn’t be complete without some heat embossing so that’s what I did for the front. I stamped the sentiment “You’re growing up, up, up” in Versafine Onyx Black ink and then immediately put some of my WOW Clear Super Fine embossing powder on top and tapped off the excess. Since I had used my Anti- Static powder tool, it only stuck to the words. I then heat set the sentiment with my Wagner Heat Tool.
This is the final card, no bling or anything! But I think it looks magnificent without it, to be honest. I’m still working on lining my panels up better on the slim line cards because there’s so much room. Making sure all of the sides are even has always been a problem for me. What do you think of the card?
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