4 FUN WAYS to Use Stripes – Make a Card Monday #287

4 FUN WAYS to Use Stripes – Make a Card Monday #287


– [Kristina] Hi, everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another Make
a Card Monday video. Before we get into the video too far, I have to apologize. I am suffering from a
little bit of a cold, so you’ll probably hear it over the next few videos. Today I’m going to be making four cards using stripes, as well as this set of products from Simon Says Stamp. This is the Healing Hugs stamp set and the coordinate die set. So I’m gonna be showing
you four different cards, like I said, and this first one, I’m gonna walk you through how to create this really fun striped background using Distress Oxide
inks and ink blending. I’m gonna do quite a
bit of masking on this using some Post-it tape. This is two-inch-wide Post-it tape. And I’ve really explored different ways of ink blending stripes
over the last little bit and I think this is the best solution that I’ve come across, which is using this really wide masking tape. And you’re going to have
different masking tapes for each color so that
you’re never sharing the same edge with multiple colors. And I say that because you’ll notice here at the beginning, I am going to share the same masking strip
with multiple colors, and I’ll tell you why you don’t wanna do it here in a minute. I started out with Picked Raspberry, and I had a nice, clean edge when I removed that Post-it tape. Now I’m gonna move it to the top of that Picked Raspberry area. And I’m using the same exact piece of tape that I did before. Now for this second stripe, which is going to be Ripe Persimmon, I didn’t have much of a problem. The color didn’t really show too much. If a little bit of that Picked Raspberry that was left on the Post-it tape, if it kind of bled into the orange, I didn’t really notice. However, when I moved
on to this third color, which is Mustard Seed, I did have a little bit of that Ripe Persimmon blend into the Mustard Seed stripe. And this is when I realized or decided that it would be best to have a dedicated Post-it tape mat, like edge, for each color. So in the end, I think I ended up with about, I think it was six different Post-it tape edges. You can do this without
using Post-it tape. You could use masking paper and cut it into wide strips. You just wanna make sure you have the strips wide enough so that you can use both sides and
that your blending tool won’t go past that tape and, you know, add color to the other
side of that masking tape. So I’m gonna speed up the video here so you can see all these
colors going along. I also used Peacock Feathers
and Seedless Preserves, and I kept these in a rainbow order. For some reason, when I
see sort of rainbow colors, if they’re not in rainbow order, my mind is like, oh, I wanna fix that. So I just went ahead and did rainbow order from the start here. And I ended up with, I believe I have an orange, which is the
Ripe Persimmon color. That’s the last color to
finish off the other corner. So each color was shown twice. There were a couple colors
that were shown three times. So here is my striped background. I’m actually going to set this aside for a bit and let it dry while I work on the next card. This next one has stripes
made with watercolors. And I did experiment doing stripes a couple different ways,
and this is the way that I found worked the best. Starting out with some cold pressed watercolor paper from Fabriano. I’m removing it from the block with a bone folder that just takes off that gummy edge. And then I took a ruler,
this is a T-square ruler, and a pencil, and I drew
on some diagonal stripes going cross this watercolor paper. Now this watercolor
paper is five by seven. I will cut it down eventually. After I had all of my stripes penciled on, I taped my watercolor
paper to a hardboard. This is going to help keep it flat while I’m painting and while it dries. I’m using some Gansai Tambi watercolors. And I’m going to paint
this in a specific order. Like I said before, I like to keep things in rainbow order, so I’m
gonna start with red. This is just a nice red shade that’s at the top of the palette. And I’m using a one-inch-wide flat brush from Royal & Langnickel. This is from their Zen line. But you could definitely do this painting with any other type of brush. I just find using a
flat-edge brush like this makes it a little bit easier to get a nice flat stripe. It’s just a little easier. I did rotate the board so that I could paint both edges and I could see where that pencil line. It was a little bit better when the pencil line was nearest me. So I’m going to skip the orange, which would be the next color coming down, and I’m gonna go to yellow. And I skipped orange because that red stripe is still drying. If I was to try to paint the orange directly next to that red, the colors would bleed into each other, and I don’t want that to happen. I want these stripes to be nice and crisp, and look really, really neat. After those three colors were dried, I then came in and painted in the other colors in between, the orange, the green and also the purple. So this really bold rainbow stripe was a great way to have stripes on some watercolor paper and it worked out really, really well. It wasn’t too complicated and I was able to paint this really quickly. I’m gonna remove that Post-it tape, or I’m sorry, the masking tape. And then I took some A7 layers
dies from Waffle Flower. And I’m going to cut this down to be a little bit smaller
than five by seven. So I ran that through
my die cutting machine. And now I’m going to set
that watercolor piece aside while I work on the third striped card. On this one, I’m going to
be doing some stamping. And I’m going to do the stamping with Simon Says Stamp inks and also a stamp set from Simon. This is the Jumbo Stripes stamp set. And I’m going to use the
second largest stripe. I’m going to use four
different colors of Simon inks. I’m using Hot Mama, Teeny Bikini, Jellybean and Teal. So I’m gonna use my MISTI stamp
positioning tool for this, as well as the MISTI Creative Corners. So I have that Creative Corner in that bottom left corner. Put my paper in. And then I’m going to
position that wide stripe near the bottom of the cardstock. I’m going to place that down, close my MISTI so it transfers the stamp, and then I’m going to
take that Creative Corner and reposition my cardstock. This is going to make sure
that I have that stamp in the exact position where I want it. After I had that
positioned over on the side by the Creative Corner, I removed the MISTI Creative Corner, and
then I can ink up my stamp. Like I said before,
I’m using Hot Mama ink, and I’m gonna ink this up. And for Hot Mama, which
was the first stripe color, I only stamped it once, but for the rest of the stripes, I’ve
got three more colors, I did end up stamping the stripe twice, mostly because of how
this Hot Mama turned out. Now these inks from Simon do dry back and kinda fill in and flatten out and kinda blend out,
so some of the texture goes away, but my Hot
Mama ink pad, I think, is going a little bit dry, so I did have some splotchiness
that didn’t go away. The next color, Teeny Bikini, looks really cute right there. Once again, I stamped that twice. The third color is actually Jellybean. And I wanted to show you how I cleaned this stripe because you notice I’ve got my baby wipe, I’ve wiped it off quite a bit. Then I come in with a Stamp Shammy. And I think that stamp
is really, really clean. And then I come in with some Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner from Simon. I’m gonna wipe that on, and then use my baby wipe and wipe again. And look how much ink comes off that. These stamps, which are very high quality, really absorb a lot of ink color, so they will stain. And because of that, you
might not realize that that ink is still on the stamp. So when you’re using the same stamp image, like I am today, this really wide stripe, you’re going to wanna make sure you clean in between colors extremely well. All right, so I’ve got my four stripes. Now I’m going to use the A2 layer dies from Waffle Flower, and I’m going to cut this down to be
a very small rectangle. I’m using some Micropore
tape to hold that die to my paper while I run it through my Gemini Junior die cutting machine. And then I realized, you
know, like I said before, that that Hot Mama left some
kinda splotchiness, so I did grab an ink blending tool, and I used a little bit of masking tape to mask that off. Okay, moving on to the fourth example of how to create stripes, I’m going to do some paper piecing. And I’m gonna use these
really great colors from The Stamp Market in their Color Crush Solids pack. Has some really great
patterned papers in here, just a couple patterns. The rest are solids. And I love this color palette and I especially like the
example of those stirpes on this little insert
inside the paper package. So I’m going to cut down each one of these colors to 1/2-inch-wide strips. And I’m going to cut out about three of each color. And then I can start
putting them on my paper. I’ve got some five-by-seven
cardstock here, and I’m coating the entire cardstock with tape runner adhesive. This is a Mega Runner Adhesive from Xyron. And I’m coating the entire area because I am planning to die cut the stripes so that they are diagonal, and I wanna make sure
that every single bit of this patterned paper is adhered to the white cardstock underneath. So I went through and
I used the same order of colors that are on the
patterned paper package insert just ’cause I thought they
looked great together. And why not? So after I had all of these
stripes placed on here, then I grabbed that same die set that I used earlier, which
is the A7 layers dies. And I grabbed a much smaller rectangle, and I put it onto this
patterned paper at a diagonal. I’m gonna use some Micropore tape just to hold this down while I die cut it. And then I ran it through my Gemini Junior die cutting machine. And I’m left with this
really great rectangle that’s perfectly sized for an A7 card. Okay, let’s go back to
that first stripe example. I’m gonna show you the stamping
on this particular card. So I have the stripes here. I’m going to be embossing
right on top of the stripes, so I wanna test this out and make sure that the Distress Oxide
ink is completely dry. I don’t want my embossing powder to stick to areas where I haven’t stamped. Looks like it passed the test, everything looks great. So I’m gonna move on to the stamping. Now I wanna show you
the stamp set once again and point out that the really large sending healing hugs and the large get well soon are two greetings that I specifically designed to go inside that floral frame. Yes, this is a stamp set that I designed. And I wanted to show you exactly what I was envisioning when I was designing the stamp set. So I’m going to create
a template for me to use so I can get my stamping
just perfect on my card. I have some vellum. I’m stamping it in some black ink. This is Onyx Black ink from VersaFine. And then I’m going to coat it with some clear embossing
powder from Ranger. Now what you’re using to make this template is not important. You just wanna make sure that you have a template that’s made out of, that has, like, a dark line so you can really see it, and probably on something like vellum so you can see your project underneath. So now I’m going to take this template and place it over the top
of my background piece. I’m gonna place that there. And then I’m gonna take my get well soon and position that, just perfectly nestled inside that floral frame. And I’m getting it on there. Then I can move the vellum piece around a little bit and make sure that the get well soon words are perfectly straight on my card. I can then transfer that stamp to my stamp door, my MISTI stamp door. And then I can do all of my stamping. I’m prepping that area with
an anti-static powder tool. Like I said before, I
will be heat embossing. And then I’m using Versamark ink to stamp this large
get well soon greeting. And that’s going to be
perfectly positioned so that I can later stamp that floral frame around it. So I’m going to sprinkle on some white embossing powder. This is Alabaster embossing
powder from Brutus Monroe. I’ll hit that with a heat tool until it’s smooth and melted. And now I’m going to
take that floral frame, my template, and place that over the top. Make sure I get it positioned just right. Gonna hold that down with that magnet, just the corner of it. And then I’m going to
grab the actual stamp and place that over the top. I’m going to position it, get it right in the same position. And then I can close my MISTI door and transfer the stamp to the door of my MISTI, and I’ll
be ready for stamping. Okay, so I’m gonna do the same exact thing that I did before. I’m prepping that area with
an anti-static powder tool, and then using Versamark ink on the stamp. Press that down and walk my fingertips over each area of that stamp. And then I can apply
some embossing powder. I’m gonna sprinkle the
embossing powder on. And then I can use a heat tool to smooth and melt all of that powder. So this card is practically done. The only thing I have left to do is actually put it on the card base. So I used that Xyron Mega Runner that I used earlier, put
adhesive on the back, and then directly onto a white card base made out of some Neenah Solar
White 110-pound cardstock. And that finishes the very first card. So now I’m gonna go back and I’m going to be
working on the second card that was made using watercolor stripes. And you’ll notice this card
got cut down eventually, and I’ll tell you why. So instead of stamping directly on that watercolor piece, I decided to stamp on some vellum and use some
gold embossing powder. And this really shows why you wanna have that template, because this sending healing hugs
greeting is very crooked (laughs) on this vellum piece. So it’s kind of hard to
stamp the frame by itself or the words by itself without knowing exactly where the other will be, so having a template, like the one I created earlier, is great. In this case, I’m stamping on some vellum, which is going to be on
top, so I didn’t need to worry about the exact positioning. So that embossing powder I used was Gilded from Brutus Monroe. And then I wanted to create
two layers of vellum. So I ran this embossed piece through a Xyron Create-A-Sticker machine. This is actually the, I think it’s called the Creative, oh, gosh, I can’t remember. Creative Station, that’s
what it was called. And it puts adhesive all
on the back of the vellum. And then I pressed that down onto another piece of vellum, so I have two layers of vellum now, so it’ll really stand out on top of that
busy watercolor background. Then I trimmed it down
to be a little smaller, just so it was easier to work with. And then I used that outline
die from the die set, the coordinating die set. And I’m going to die
cut this complete shape out of both layers of vellum. Use some more Micropore
tape to hold that in place. And then I ran it through
my die cutting machine, through a Gemini Junior machine. And I’m left with this really beautiful intricately die cut piece with that greeting in the center. I really love how that turned out. So now I have a five-by-seven card base. And I’m going to put some foam tape on the back of my watercolor piece, and then place that directly onto the front of this card. I’m then going to take that vellum piece that I created earlier,
I’m gonna place it on top. Just kind of figure out
exactly where I want it. And then I’m going to
take the vellum piece and put it through that Creative Station Lite once again. Like it did before, it’s
going to add adhesive on the entire surface on the back. And this is going to make it so I can adhere this vellum piece without lots of adhesive showing. I’m using my fingers to really press that adhesive onto the vellum piece. And then I can peel back this area, and then peel up my vellum piece. And it’s like it creates
into a big, huge sticker. I’m gonna stick that on top of my watercolor panel, right there. And then I decided that
it kinda looked just, the spacing was a little off. I wanted the edge of
the card to really hug that area in the middle a little bit more. So I decided to take a
ruler and a craft knife, and just trim this card down. So it’s going to be an unusual size. I think it ended up being about five inches wide by, I think, about four 1/2 inches tall,
somewhere around there. And it will still fit inside a regular five-by-seven envelope. It’ll just be a little bit smaller. So there is my second finished card. So for the third card,
I’m going to go back and revisit that stamped stripe piece. And I’m going to do a
little bit more stamping to finish off this card. I’m starting out by
taking the get well soon and also this other smaller greeting, and stamping that and heat embossing it. So once again, I’m prepping that area with an anti-static powder tool, and then stamping in Versamark ink. These are two greetings that are also in the Healing Hugs stamp set. I then use some Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, and sprinkle that on. I tapped off the excess, and then used a heat tool to heat and melt and smooth out all of
that embossing powder. I then decided it would be fun to take some flowers from the Look For the Rainbows
stamp set from Simon. This is a card kit stamp
set from August 2019, or I think September 2019. And I’m going to put the flowers behind the stamped greeting area that I stamped before. I’m going to have that over the top. So I wanna have the
flowers in the bottom left and top right corners
of this white card base. So I stamped the flowers in
Onyx Black VersaFine ink, and walked my fingertips over those stamps to get a really good impression. And then I grabbed some foam tape and placed that on the
back of my greeting area and then directly onto
the front of the card. Now it’s time to finish
the fourth and final card. And this one works up super fast and easy with just some die cutting. So I’m gonna take the other pieces that are included in that
coordinating die set. I’m using the shadow and
the large heart with vellum, and then the words and the smaller heart with the black cardstock. I’ll run that through
my die cutting machine. And then I assembled them. I put some Gina K. Connect Glue behind the black pieces, and then adhered them to the vellum pieces with some tweezers. And I like using Connect Glue because it’s a liquid glue, so you have a little bit of wiggle room. I then cut some very thin stripes out of that same black cardstock. Using some Licorice Twist cardstock from Bazzill, by the way. And then I put some of that same glue on the back of the
stripes and then directly onto my striped background. So this is just going to give a little bit of a graphic element near the bottom, and it also closes up
the really large area of the striped piece so that when I adhere the healing hugs and the heart, it doesn’t look like it’s
too small for the area. Now I’m using a different
Xyron Create-A-Sticker machine. Before, I used that really big one, which is the Creative Station Lite, and this is actually a smaller one called just a Create-A-Sticker machine. And it does the same exact thing, but it’s meant for smaller pieces. So I put that adhesive on the back of these vellum pieces. And I really used my
fingers to flatten out that area, make sure the adhesive was completely adhered. And then I used my tweezers to position the die cut on top of my striped panel. And I put that heart off to the side. The last thing to do was to put some foam adhesive on the back of this striped piece. And then I used a T-square ruler to help me get this positioned on a five-by-seven card
base just perfectly. So here are all four cards. Four different ways to
not only create stripes on your cards, but also some ideas on how you can use those
striped backgrounds on your cards with some heat embossing, vellum die cuts, adding stripes and also stamping behind some stripes. I hope you guys enjoyed today’s card, card video, actually, four cards. This new stamp set and die set are available over at simonsaysstamp.com. It’s part of their STAMPtember release, so it’s a great time to
pick up some new stamps. Thank you so much for watching today. If you are new to my YouTube channel, please subscribe and hit
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I can create even more. Thank you so much for watching today. I will be back very soon
with another card video.

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