Hello crafty friends! I have a fun and very pink valentine’s card today featuring some cute Mama Elephant stamps and dies.
For this project, I started by making the background. I used that small border die that’s included in the Mama Elephant Doily Lace die set to cut a whole lot of paper frills. I think I cut 25 from Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm white cardstock and an aditional 5 from silver glitter cardstock. To do this, I first trimmed down my papers to strips of 10 x 2.5 cm. I diecut the border from all of those then used my scissors to trim it out completely, leaving a 5mm border at the top to adhere them down with. I then chose 3 colors of Distress Oxide inks (Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves) and added them to the white diecuts with my blending brushes. I only colored 5 strips with Seedless Preserves because I wanted to use it more as an accent color like the silver.
I then trimmed two pieces of Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm cardstock: 1 measured 8.5 x 20 cm (this is the panel I will adhere all the lacey edges onto) and 1 measured 17 x 20 cm (I will fold that in half to create my cardbase. I adhered all the border dies, starting from the bottom and overlapping each one. I only put Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive at the top of the border die (above the dotted line). Using some double sided tape, I then adhered my cardbase to my background, lining it up with the white piece of paper on the back.
I set that aside and stamped all my images out onto some Canson Montval 200 gsm watercolor cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used my anti static powder tool before doing this because I will be embossing these images with WOW Clear Gloss Super Fine embossing powder. Always use an anti-static tool if you’re going to be embossing! I colored them all in with my Mijello Mission Gold watercolors and fussycut them out once they were all dry.
To make sure my images stand out from the busy background, I cut a piece of vellum to layer over the background. This particular vellum has a very subtle white pattern on it of birds. I cut that down to 6 x 18.5 cm and put it centred on my card (NOT ADHERING IT YET). I then arrange all my images on there using foam squares to adhere them to the vellum. Once that is done, I turn the vellum piece over and put more foam squares on it, only adding them behind other foam squares. Adding dimension to your vellum this way makes it so that 1) your adhesive doesn’t show and 2) your vellum panel seems to float above the card, it creates a very cool look.
That finishes up this card! Please let me know if you have any questions. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, I post a new card every day! And subscribe to me on YouTube for video tutorials. In the supply list you can find all the products I used. Where possible I’ve used affiliate links. If you choose to purchase through these links, I will make a small (5 – 10%) commission to no extra cost to you. This helps me out a ton! You can also use code STUDIOKATO at checkout in the Crafty Meraki store or the Joy Clair Designs store to get 10% off your purchase!
- Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm
- Canson Montval 200 gsm
- Silver Glitter cardstock
- Mama Elephant – Up With Love stamp
- Mama Elephant – Doily Lace die
- Versafine Onyx Black
- WOW Clear Gloss Super Fine embossing powder
- Distress Oxide: Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves
- Mijello Mission Gold watercolors