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Stencil Sunday: My Favorite Color is...

...RAINBOW! My niece Maddie used to say that when she was little. Because obviously it would be ridiculous to try to choose just one color to be your favorite!!! I heartily agree with that assessment. In the case of today's card, I've done a sort of rainbow blend through Michelle Ward's Hex Pattern Stencil; which is part of her exclusive line of stamps and stencils made especially for The Ink Pad.     I love that most of this stencil line offers more than one pattern in each 8.5x11" stencil. Or, as in this case, more than one size of the same pattern. Since there were...

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It's Pumpkin Spice Season

In the last few years Autumn has come to mean not just back-to-school, cooler weather and a countdown to the winter holidays; for a lot of people the best part of fall is the return of all the Pumpkin Spice products, including these super cute Eyelet Outlet Pumpkin Brads. So here's a card to celebrate that!     I love making my own patterned paper! It means I can customize my colors to match any embellishment perfectly AND my cards will have their own distinctive look. For this funky autumnal plaid I broke out my Koi Watercolor Field Set and Canson Watercolor Paper and...

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Stencil Sunday: Hello from New York

Here's a card that really, realllllly should have "in process" photos, but sadly, does not. So I will try to explain how I used Michelle Ward's Manhole Cover Stencil and Masks and Manhole Covers II from The Ink Pad, along with my Gel Plate, in a way that I hope makes sense, so please bear with me! There are actually three layers of gel prints using the same set of stencils, and the same palette of green, blue and purple Golden Acrylic paints. One version was printed on deli paper, one on text paper and one on regular white cardstock. First I affixed the printed deli paper to white cardstock with my...

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Autumn in New York

Autumn in New York Autumn means different things to different people, but for those of us who grew up in the northeastern United States, I think the beautiful foliage has to be pretty high on the list of fall delights.  I was excited the last time I was at The Ink Pad to see a whole section of Eyelet Outlet Brads, and I confess it was the Leaf Brads that inspired my card. The packs each have several shapes and colors, including some Beech leaves that are a beautiful bright green... which... in this case, didn't quite work for me....

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Stencil Sunday: Up the (Stenciled) Garden Path

I hope no one ever asks me to choose my *favorite* stencil from the line Michelle Ward designed exclusively for The Ink Pad, because honestly... it's impossible! They're all beautiful and so useful! And whereas they all have a cool New York-inspired vibe, you can use them for just about anything, including a very zen garden, like this one: I built a background of collaged "found" papers including some sheet music and a latitude chart from an old atlas. Coccoina Gluestick is wonderful on fragile vintage paper, and smells a bit like marzipan. I used a few shades of Ranger Archival ink, including Shadow Grey and Watering Can to stencil...

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