Welcome to the June Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. Our theme this month is COLOR! With such a broad, open-ended topic it took me a while to decide what I wanted to showcase this month. I decided on a technique that is fun and quick and puts the spotlight on a colored image.
This is the card I made using the Stained Glass Technique. (I first saw a card made by Robin Cardon with this technique.) My card is different from hers, but the technique is the same. Please excuse the shadow ….it’s a difficult card to photograph.
The basic idea of this technique is stamping your open, outlined image on a piece of a window sheet with Stazon ink and then coloring it with Stampin’ Blends on the reverse side. The window sheet is then layered between a white mat and a mat with a die cut opening using foam adhesive strips.
Here are step by step instructions to make this card:
1. Cut a piece of window sheet 3 5/8″ x 4″.
2. Using Stazon ink, stamp the stemmed flower image from the Hand-Penned Stamp set and set it aside for a minute or two to dry.
3. Cut your card base in Highland Heather card stock 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and score it at 4 1/4″.
4. Cut a Basic White mat 5 1/4″ x 4″. Layer this on your card base.
5. Cut a Soft Succulent piece of card stock 3 3/4″ x 5″ and die cut a circle from the top center section. Make sure your circle is centered left to right and that you have room for a sentiment. The size of the circle is determined by your image size.
6. Stamp your sentiment on Basic White using Stazon ink and die cut or punch it out. “Cherished Friend” is from the Lovely You stamp set and die cut with a stitched rectangle.
7. Take your window sheet with the stamped image and turn it over. (If you forget which side is the right side, the “right side” will match up with the image on the cover of the stamp case.)
8. Color the images using the Stampin’ Blends. The large flower is colored with Dark Highland Heather. The smaller flower is dark Flirty Flamingo and the leaves/stems are Dark Soft Succulent. The blends color very lightly on the window sheet.
9. Put Seal adhesive on the back side of your mat with the circle opening and center it over your window sheet. You may have to trim the window sheet so it doesn’t “hang out” of the sides.
10. Turn over this piece and put Foam Adhesive strips around the edges and just beneath the window opening. Remove the release paper and center this on the white mat/card base.
11. Center and adhere your sentiment to the card front.
12. Tie a small bow with the Soft Succulent ribbon and adhere to the front of the window with a glue dot.
13. Stamp an inside sentiment, if desired, and decorate your envelope.
I hope you’ve been inspired to try this technique. Please “hop along” to the other demonstrators and see what “Color” inspired them to create. Your sure to love them.
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