Card Cafe Thursday with a tutorial from Allison Cope!

Card Cafe Thursday with a tutorial from Allison Cope!

Good morning!  There is nothing better than sitting down in your crafty space and just playing!  Playing with inks and dies and just plain ol’ experimentation!  This week I sat down and I gave myself a little challenge; a challenge to play with only groups of three.  So I chose to play with:

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  • 3 Copic Markers; V12, V15 & V17
  • 3 Inks: Memento “Rich Cocoa” and Ranger Distress Inks “Scattered Straw” & “Wild Honey”
  • 3 Die Shapes: Spellbinders “Classic Circles” & “Les Papillions”
  • 3 Stamps: Papertrey Inks “Background Basics: Retro”

00 PTI Retro

I grabbed some smooth white cardstock, a scrap piece of vellum, my groups of triple products and some Post-It-Notes for masking and away I went.

For my first card, I create a gate fold card (2 equal sized flaps that open in the middle) of an A2 sized card (5 ½” x 4 ¼”). I took my ornate butterfly die and centered it on the opening flaps of my card front and used a piece of repositionable tape to hold my die to only one side of the card.  I opened the card flat and die cut one side of the card.  I closed my card again and then taped the butterfly to the opposite front flap, opened up the card flat again and die cut the opposite side.

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Closing the card, I slipped a scrap piece of paper on the inside of my card so I wouldn’t ink through the opening of the butterfly, I die cut a circle out of a piece of scrap copy paper and positioned the negative circle shape centrally around my butterfly cut out.  Then I applied some Distress Ink to the circle in my lightest orange ink.

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Then I applied the next colour of Distress Ink, a slightly richer and brighter orange (right side of photo below).  The left side of the photo shows just the application of the lighter orange ink.

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With the circle mask still in place, I took the fun “beaded” line stamp and stamped a series of them across the circle using my Memento brown ink.

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Then I grabbed a scrap piece of smooth white cardstock and die cut the same butterfly again.  With the paper still inside the butterfly shape, I took the lightest Copic marker in the marker series and airbrushed it across the whole die and paper combination.  I continued along applied the next darkest and then the deepest purple to the center of the butterfly using the airbrush.  You could use inks instead of markers in this instance instead of Copics and an airbrush tool.

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To finish this card, I cut a circle from white cardstock using the same sized die, and then embossed the butterfly image in the circle, matching up the placement from the front of the card.  Then I airbrushed the butterfly using the three shades of purple Copics and adhered it to only one side of the card front but underneath the flap so the butterfly would peek through the hole…

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A little bit of an embossed line using my Scor-Pal tool and volia…

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For my second card, I masked off a diagonal panel across my A2 sized card front using large Post-It-Notes.  Then I stamped the art deco background stamp multiple times across the white panel using Memento “Rich Cocoa” ink.

Then I took some “masks” of the deco shape, which I created by stamping the image onto another Post-It-Note and cutting them out (in the top image below they are blue), and applying them to random art deco shapes across the panel.  Then I airbrushed the lightest Copic purple, V12, across the entire panel. (See the top photo of the 2 below.)  These masks will leave these areas white like the base cardstock.

Then I again, added more deco masks to random shapes and air brushed the middle purple tone of Copic, V15.  These will leave these shapes a light purple.  I again, created another mask but this time only a single deco shape using a blue Post-It-Note and only airbrushed those shapes I wanted to colour using the darkest purple, V17.  (See the bottom photo below.)

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Once I removed all of my small deco masks and the larger panel edge masks, this is what the front looked like…  cool right?

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To finish off my card, I applied a mask over top of the purple deco panel and applied the circle mask again over that.   Again, I used my two shades of orange inks to colour a circle to appear “under” the purple art deco panel.  I die cut a simple butterfly this time and coloured it using the V12 & V17 Copics and both orange inks and applied it central to the orange circle.  Here is my completed card…

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For the third and final card, I die cut a circle from the A2 card base (fold at the top) from the top of the card, letting the circle’s hole continue to the back of the card. 

I masked off the bottom of the card, inked the back ground using the orange inks and then applied the pretty “oval X” stamp pattern in brown ink over top.  Then I coloured the central dots of the pattern using my 3 shades of Copics.  Then I masked the top of the card off and airbrushed it in a downward splatter pattern, created a darker more concentrated colour around the circle’s hole. 

I die cut a butterfly and inked it while inside the die using the two shades of orange inks and then a subtle brushing of the brown ink on the tips of the wings.  I applied it to the piece of vellum paper that I attached on the inside of the card that ran across the circle hole.  Here is a picture of my final card…

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Supplies: Cardstock (Flourishes Classic White);  Die Shapes (Spellbinders ~ Classic Circles, Les Papillions);  Stamps (Papertrey Ink ~ Background Basics: Retro);  Ink (Memento, Ranger Distress, Copic Markers);    Tools (Scor-Pal, Cuttlebug, Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Airbrush);  Misc. (Post-It-Notes).

So… challenge yourself today!  Grab some products you love and see what you can do with just groups of triple products!  Happy creating everyone.

~ Allison Cope

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  1. Becky Fleck February 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Fantastic post, Allison!

  2. barbara macaskill February 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Congratulations Aurelie!!! Enjoy!! LOVE all there of these cards! Great color choices!! TFS!

  3. Aurelie February 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    OMG! I am SUPER, SUPER, SUPER excited!! Thanks S&CT!! You guys rock the rock!!

  4. Marielle February 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Big congrats Aurelie !!!!

  5. michelle t February 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I love these stamp techniques. That was such a good idea to use as a border and the butterfly is lovely. Thanks for sharing and congratulations to the winner. Michelle t

  6. Dorina D February 14, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Congratlations to the Aurelie ………..
    What fun cards and what a clever way to play. Love what you did with 3…..Great tutorial.

  7. Valou1313 February 14, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Very nice cards indeed!!!

  8. TracyM #6773 February 15, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Congratulations Aurelie!
    WOW wow WOW – DELIGHTFUL cards Allison!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing these masking, inking and die cutting techniques … I am new to the world of die cutting and look forward to try this out real soon 🙂

  9. Beverly Jordan February 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you Allison for your tutorial. Really enjoyed it.
    And congratulations to the lucky winner!

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