Uplifting Card; Tree Silhouette on Aqua Ombre Background

Late Night Inkings; Aqua Ombre Background

I’ve always been a bit more of a night-person. That doesn’t mean I don’t get up early like everyone else, but I find myself more likely to try something new, creative, or different later at night. I don’t think I’m the only one, right?

So when I sat down and turned on the light in my craft closet, I drew inspiration for the color scheme from my newest hair coloring: an aqua ombre with blue roots, teal in the middle, and royal purple for the tips! I like this effect so much I might keep it for longer than usual!


Sponging the colors onto my glossy cardstock didn’t give the heavy color punch I was looking for, so I started dragging my ink pads across the glossy white paper. You need to try this!! It’s so satisfying to use your favorite colors in such a different way!

Aqua Ombre Ink Pad Draggings
Pardon my messiness!

I then edged it with a black Staz-On ink pad. Once I was certain everything was dry, I stamped my tree and sentiment using the same ink.

Doesn’t this tree would make a fantastic silhouette? This was definitely the fun background it required.

Tree Silhouette stamped on Aqua Ombre Background


Glossy White Cardstock

Soft Sky Cardstock; 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

Sheltering Tree stamp set (Stampin Up)

Perfect Pendants stamp set (Stampin Up)

Inks: Staz-on Black, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, and Royal Silk (ColorBox)

Uplifting Card; Tree Silhouette on Aqua Ombre Background

Challenges I’m playing along with:

I hope you enjoyed this technique, and I love to hear from my fellow crafters so please leave a comment below 🙂

Happy Crafting!

If you are interested creating a similar project, please check out the links below. 🙂

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Happy Crafting Comic Card!

If only there was a comic book about a crafter’s adventures!! What would your favorite story be? From burning away some of my finger prints with my heat tool to to dropping an ink pad (of course upside down) onto my pants to creating while my fingers are still glued together, not to mention being perpetually covered in random glitter! It’s all worth it, of course. Comment below about your favorite time crafting and we can share a few laughs!

Since I’m  not much of a drawer, I made a Comic Card and tried to capture all the excitement and drama that happens in my craft closet!

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Each panel uses a different color of the rainbow along with a bold crafty image!

Based on how I would be cutting each panel to fit in with the others, I determined it would be easiest to stamp a stack of cards. Check out below for how to make these cards!

Instructions for this card:

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Embossed Stamp Ink Resist Cards

Embossed Stamp Resist Cards

I have been trying to expand my “color comfort zone,” so when I saw the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #277  using some of my favorites, I knew I had to play along! See below for the quick tutorial using these colors and the embossed stamp resist technique.

CC&S color277


  1. White Cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  2. Card Base cut to 11″ x 4 1/4″ and folded in half. I used Calypso Coral.
  3. VersaMark Ink pad.
  4. Your choice of inks. I used Pool Party and Bermuda Bay for my blues.
  5. Stamps of your choice, but works best with large stamps with thick lines.
  6. Ink blender/sponge.
  7. Clear embossing powder.
  8. Heat tool. (Fun fact: When I first started out stamping years ago, I used the gas stove in my apartment to emboss. I wouldn’t recommend this technique, but as long as I didn’t scorch the paper, it did the job. I love my heat tool!)


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