Tami Sanders here to share a NEW! card sketch with you as well as a sample card I made with the sketch.
Each month, usually the 13th, I’ll add a NEW! card sketch and share tips and techniques for using inks and more from Clearsnap as well.
This month, one of the Clearsnap products that the Creative Team will be focusing on is Izink Ink®. Izink is a FABULOUS product! It is an acrylic based pigment ink and comes in LOTS of beautiful colors, some of which have a pretty pearly look. Izink Inks are opaque and cover very well. They also dry very quickly, something to keep in mind when working with them.
A few of us were asked to find our inspiration our September projects on Pinterest. I started by scrolling through pages of fall projects. A few autumn toned quilts quickly caught my eye…
I seemed to be attracted to the ones with just squares, maybe because that design would work best for a card sketch!
So here is the sketch I came up with using the quilts as inspiration. (click sketch to enlarge)…
The colors in the “inspiration” quilts weren’t quite right for what I had in mind for the sample card. While September may say fall, here in Texas it’s still as sunny as summer. I wanted a color scheme that bridged the seasons and found the perfect inspiration in this floral arrangement…
Here is the sample card made using this month’s sketch…
To create the marbled “fabric” squares, several colors of Izink Inks were used to ink Jumbo Rollagraph Wheels and the designs were rolled onto cardstock.
The method is easy to do. Start by adding a thick line of Izink Ink, about the width of the Rollagraph Wheel on a piece of waxed paper, then select an accent color of Izink if desired and add a few dots of the color above the line. Roll the wheel in the ink, blending the ink colors gently, but not completely, and making sure the wheel is entirely inked. If there is too much ink anywhere on the wheel, continue rolling gently to spread, or blot with a paper towel. Then roll the design onto a piece of cardstock. Set aside the paper to dry, or heat set. Then you are ready to add another layer using another wheel and different colors of ink. Keep layering, making sure to let inks dry in between layers…
For the leaves, a piece of cardstock was inked using the same colors of Izink as were used to make the squares. The inks were applied to the applicator of a ColorBox® Color Blender. Just dab them on, then gently tap on a scrap paper to blend. You may want to experiment with pressure. You want to transfer a light amount of ink with each dab. Then dab onto your cardstock, moving the applicator and changing the position of the placement as you go. Continue reinking and dabbing until you have about a 6 X 6 section inked. Let paper dry, then stamp leaves using Gooseberry ColorBox® Archival Dye Ink. Dye inks dry quickly, but since you are stamping on a shiny inked surface, it may take a few minutes to set. Cut leaves out…
To make the card more “quilt-like”, the pieces were lightly tacked in place with glue onto the smaller piece of cardstock, then stitched using a sewing machine. Don’t use a dry adhesive or too much liquid glue or you might gum up your machine. Fast Finish by Beacon Adhesives worked well for this…
- Izink Ink: Tulip, Gold, Bamboo, Cactus, Avocado and Ambre
- ColorBox® Color Blender
- Rollagraph® Jumbo Design Handle
- Rollagraph® Jumbo Design Wheels: Fun Flourish, Marbling and Crackle Background
- ColorBox® Archival Dye Ink: Gooseberry
- ColorBox® Chalk Ink: Chestnut
- Northwood Rubber Stamps: Sugar Maple Leaf Corner
- Stampendous: Guys and Gears
- Bo Bunny: Double Dot: Passion Fruit Vintage and Chiffon Journal
- Bazzill: Cardstock: Kraft and Cream
- Westcott: TrimAir Titanium Paper Trimmer
- Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry and Fast Finish
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About Tami Sanders
Tami Sanders will be creating our monthly card sketch as well as an inspiration card for us each month! An instructor, designer, blogger, and crafter, Tami’s diverse style and knack for creating beautiful home decor and papercraft projects makes her projects appealing to everyone. Tami has worked with Clearsnap for nearly a decade as a designer for our classes, catalog samples, and designs for product packaging and print advertising. We’re honored to continue working with her through our blog as well as behind-the-scenes with our corporate offices.