Saturday, April 2, 2016

Stormy Days

My brother is having a really rough week. He received a serious injury to his left hand that has required surgical repair. And he has a long road to recovery in front of him. I wanted to make him a card to let him know I was thinking about him.

A sorry this happened/feel better/hang in there card is by no means my favorite kind of card to make but I thought this particular stamp set was perfect. The set is called The Great Outdoors by My Favorite Things.

The sentiment I chose to use says, The rainbows of life follow the storms. Very fitting, don’t you think? A loving reminder that this too shall.






Although the reason I needed to make this card is sad, putting a card together and using a fun technique is always a bright spot in my day. So let’s talk about how I made these stormy, shaded clouds.

I used my cloud die cut plate, from My Favorite Things and used it two different ways. First I used it to cut out myself a template, pictured on the right. Then I used it as an embossing plate, to impress the cloud image, but not cut all the way through, pictured on the left.


Next I placed the template I had made over the embossed clouds and used a sponge and ink pad to add a little stormy color to the underside of my cloud bellies. The ink color I used here is Soft Sky from Stamping Up. After picking up the ink on my sponge I always make sure I tamp my sponge off first on my work paper before adding the color to my card. I wanted to color to be light, not dark. And I can always add more ink, but once it is there you can’t take it away if you accidentally get it too dark.  And I always use a circular motion when I apply the ink from my sponge. I feel like this helps give the softer, blended feel to the ink application.

clouds colored

I finished inking up all my cloud bellies and removed the cloud template and here is what it looked like. It turned out great! Just the way I was hoping. You know how you see something in your minds eye…it turned out just like I was envisioning it. Have you ever seen the storm clouds rolling in? The cloud bellies swollen with all the rain they are holding? I loved it! Now, what to do with these fabulous storm clouds?

time to decorate

I had a pretty good idea about what I wanted to use based on the sentiment I had chose. Sometimes you might be inspired by a gorgeous patterned pattern, a fabulous die, even a particular color combination. But remember for me it was the sentiment that came first. Storms and rainbows pretty much says it all quite simply. (And effectively I might add.) So I grabbed some more dies I had. All these dies, the rainbow, clouds, sun and fresh cut grass also came from My Favorite Things. I thought the twine would add a little cheerful touch, I got mine from The Twinery.  Now came the fun part of designing it. I just played around until I had a layout that made me smile and I grabbed my adhesives.

I inked up my sun for a little depth and contrast and popped him down with some foam tape. Added a few pieces of opaque sequence for a little sunny pizzazz! I popped the rainbow as well, trimming off the bit of over hang that was on the right side of the card. And the final touch I added was washing over my rainbow with my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. You can find these glitter brushes at many scrapbook and paper crafting stores now-a-days. Stampin Up sells it for sure. That was pretty much it. I tied up a bow with my twine and it was ready. I’m sure it will put a smile on my brother’s face when he opens the mail.

Do you have any large die plates? This was a great technique to create a really unique background. Give it a try the next time you don’t have the perfect patterned paper to complete your card. Or maybe you are looking to make a one of a kind mat for your scrapbook page layout. It would be perfect for that too!

Ohhhhh, can you seen using a geometric shape embossed on your cardstock and using your inks to create an ombre effect background? Or maybe blending one color from the top and a second color from the bottom of your shape??? My goodness, I think I need to get to my studio to try these. I’ll share, don’t worry! The possibilities are endless! Have fun!!

Happy Crafting! Shan


  1. Another fabulous card by an awesome designer!!!

  2. Beautiful card!! Thanks for the tips. You're always thinking.

  3. Great card! Thanks for card and tutorial I can follow.

  4. Great card! Thanks for card and tutorial I can follow.