Sun and Surf – Inky Paws


Hello and welcome back!

A brand new Inky Paws Challenge starts today and it is all about the beach! To join in the fun, create a beach-themed project using Newton’s Nook products and link up a photo to the Inky Paws Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook Online Store! 

For my card today, I knew I wanted to use the new Beach Bound Stamp Set. I was inspired by an old photo my dad used to have in his home of a vintage VW van driving along the California coast. The picture always made me think of beach vacations and summertime, so I thought it was the perfect inspiration for this challenge! 

To start my card, I stamped three of the cars from the Beach Bound Stamp Set onto a piece of Hammermill card stock using a Copic-safe ink. To color my cars, I used Copic markers in the following colors: 

Yellow Combo: Y38, Y35, Y13, Y11

Orange Combo: YR07, YR04, YR12, YR21

Pink Combo: RV25, RV13, RV11, RV01

Green Combo: YG45, YG23, YG11, YG00

Teal Combo: BG49, BG45, BG32, BG11

Tires: 100, W8, W5, W2

Next, I moved on to create the background of my scene. To start, I cut a piece of white card stock to 4.25in x 5.5in. Starting at the top of the panel, I ink blended Gina K Wild Dandelion Ink, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. 

While that was drying, I cut a strip of white card stock using the stitched wave die from the Sea Borders Die Set and inked it up using Salvaged Patina and Prize Ribbon Distress Ink. To give my waves a bit of shimmer, I splattered a mix of water and Confetti White Perfect Pearls across the panel. 

To create my sandy beach, I cut two pieces of kraft card stock using the Land Borders Die Set. To add more texture, I splattered watered down Distress Inks in the colors Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, and Ground Espresso. Then, I splattered a little bit of watered down white acrylic paint to finish off the sand. 

Before I put my landscape together, I took the inked sunset panel and stenciled the Palm Tree Line Stencil over the inked portion using the same ink colors. By using the same colors over the stencil, I made a subtle tone-on-tone look for the background. I wanted to add a tiny bit more shimmer, so I used the final section of the Palm Tree Line Stencil (the part that creates the lines on the trunk and leaves) and heat embossed it with a clear shimmer embossing powder. 

To finish my card, I adhered the sand panels onto the background using a liquid glue. Then, I stamped the sentiment “happy surf-day” onto the wave panel before popping the panel up on foam tape and adhering it to my card. To finish it off, I popped up the cars on foam and glued them to the sandy hills of the card front.

I hope you join us in the Inky Paws Challenge for a chance to win a $20 gift card to the Newton’s Nook Online Store!

Thanks for stopping by!

4th of July Card – IPC 176


Hello and welcome back!

We have a brand new Inky Paws Challenge for you starting today! This time, we have a color challenge that is perfect for all of your summertime card making! Use the colors Crimson Red, Cobalt Blue, Turquoise, and White on a project and link a photo up to the Inky Paws Blog for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook online store

For my project today, I wanted to make a 4th of July card – I mean, look at the colors for this challenge! I started by stamping the three images from the Newton’s 4th of July stamp set onto a piece of Hammermill card stock. I colored my images with my Copic markers in the following colors:

Black Cats: 100, W8, W6, W5, W3

Siamese Cat: E18, E17, E15, E13, E11, E51, E50

Dog: E18, E17, E15, E13

Dark Blues: B28, B26, B24, B21

Light Blues: B18, B16, B12, B01

Reds: R59, R29, R08, R05, R04

After I finished coloring, I cut out my images using the coordinating dies. 

I wanted to create a firework-filled sky for my background, but I also wanted to fit all three of my images on one card, so I decided to use the A7 Frames and Flags Die Set. I cut the rectangle panel of the A7 Die Set out of a piece of Bristol paper (I have found that Bristol works best for doing a lot of ink blending.) I started by randomly adding some circles of ink to the panels of Bristol using Gina K inks in the colors Cherry Red, Lipstick, Turquoise Sea, and Blue Denim. After the ink was dry, I stamped the firework and star stamps from the 4th of July Stamp Set with Versamark Ink over the circles so each circle of color had a firework or star over it. Then, I heat embossed the fireworks with clear embossing powder. This is where the magic happens – after the embossing is cooled, I ink blended Black Soot Distress Oxide over all of the firework panels. Since the fireworks are embossed, the black ink will resist those areas, and you will be left with a black sky and brightly colored fireworks. I wanted to add a little bit of shimmer, so I splattered some silver ink over the panels as well. 

For my sentiments, I die cut two of the straight panels from the A7 set and die cut them out of white card stock. Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiments “celebrate” and “4th of July” onto my banners in black ink. Then, I die cut the scalloped panel and the rectangle panel from the A7 set out of black card stock as well as a 5in x 7in panel out of dark blue card stock. I adhered the black panels to the dark blue piece and inlaid the firework panels in the black frame. To finish everything off. I popped up my sentiments and images on foam and attached them to the card. 

I hope you are inspired to join us in the Inky Paws Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

Fly a Kite – Inky Paws 151


Hello and welcome back!

There is still time to join the summer-themed Inky Paws Challenge! Create a summer inspired project using products from Newton’s Nook Designs and link a photo up to the Inky Paws Challenge Blog by the end of the day Friday for a chance to win a $20 voucher to the Newton’s Nook online store!

For my second card, I decided to use the Delightful Doxies stamp set. I love the images in this set and I thought the kite image in the set would be the perfect way to add a little summer to my card. 

To start, I stamped a couple of the dachshund images, two kites, and a few butterflies onto a piece of Hammermill white 110# paper. To color my image I used Copic markers in the colors:

Dachshunds: E18, E17, E15, E13, and E11

Kites: R22, R20, YR12, YR21, Y13, and Y11

Butterflies: YR16, YR14, YR12, 100, W8, and W6

After coloring my images, I cut them out using the coordinating dies. 

To create my background, I cut a piece of white paper down to 3.5 x 8.5 inches. On that panel, I temporarily adhered the squares stencil from the Slimline Masking Circles and Squares Stencil Set. I ink blended over the stencil using Gina K inks in the colors Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango, Dusty Rose, and Lovely Lavender. When I was done with my ink blending, I removed my stencil and started to add the finishing touches to my card.

I adhered the dachshund images on the top and bottom squares, leaving a space in the middle square to add my sentiment. After adhering the images, I stamped the sentiment “you lift me up” with black ink. To finish my card, I used my Nuvo Glitter Pen to add a little bit of sparkle to the kites. 

Join us in the Inky Paws Summer Challenge by Friday night for a chance to win $20 to the Newton’s Nook Online Store
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