Pattern Play: Day 2 Revisited

I’m going back through the Online Card Class Pattern Play class lessons to make cards which I didn’t make during the week of class. Today I’m sharing a card using the emboss resist technique inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire’s cards from the Day 2 lesson.

Day 2 Resist Web

The tricky part in crafting this card is choosing the background stamp. The Hero Arts “Leaf and Floral” pattern provides the right amount of negative space so that enough of the patterned paper still shows through. I ironed the embossing off, after I applied the distress ink, per Jennifer’s instructions in the lesson. I’ve never done this before; I really like the results! To ensure that the papers coordinated with one another, I chose all of the papers from the MME “Quilting Bee” pad.

Spring is in the Air

With hints of spring visible, I decided to “paint” a spring scene with distress paints. It will be a few months before I see this kind of color out of my windows!


The “Blooming Meadow” stamp easily lends itself to stamping with paint. After the image dried, I added tumbled glass to the sky and peeled paint towards the bottom.

I recognize that these birds aren’t particularly realistic, but I wanted to give the “Resting Birds” die a try!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (blue for birds)

Painting with Stamps Part Two

I enjoyed painting with stamps so much that I decided to try it again. I also wanted to make another card with the Labrador die. I first tried pairing the “Silhouette Grasses” stamp with the dog, but the grasses were just too big and out of proportion. So I pulled out “Tall Wheat” (a stamp that appears to be no longer in production).


I stamped the wheat with the new distress paints – I simply can’t get enough of these! I then applied Tumbled Glass and Forest Moss distress ink to the card. Forest Moss is the paint that I used on the bottom of the wheat stalks. I finished the card with a sentiment from the “Thanks A Bunch” set – one I’m grabbing over and over as of late.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Tall Grasses” stamp; Stampin’ Up cardstock

Home in the PNW

I was fascinated by Jana Millen’s “tree and cat in the snow” card in this post the moment I saw it. As I have a Golden Retriever, (and don’t have at cat), I decided to make a similar card with the Labrador die. And since it feels as if spring is just around the corner here in the Pacific Northwest, I created my card to reflect the spring season. You’ll notice the sky still looks as if there’s a chance of rain – well, that’s the PNW for you!

The background was stamped twice – first with the soft pool shadow ink and then with the soft granite. I shifted the stamp just a titch between the two stampings. I added distress ink to all of the die cuts just to soften them a bit. This is a big card – almost 6 1/2″ tall and 4 3/4″ wide in order to accommodate that magnificent tree!