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Solitary Lion Card for the Discoverer

Solitary Lion Card for the Discoverer
By: Melanie Smith, Artistic Guide

This month I made three cards in different styles using the same basic technique (masking) and the same four stamps.  See my other designs for the Adventurer and the Inventor.

This card uses some simple masking of the horizon, with lots of ink-sponging, and blending for a simple and understated masculine card.

Lion AAA45L (Rubbadubbadoo)
Toi toi C389T (Rubbadubbadoo)
Shadow Tree 3 (D592SRubbadubbadoo)
Birthday Block AAA78B (Rubbadubbadoo)
Smooth white cardstock 4.25" x 5.5" - it is very important for blending that the card is smooth
Black paper (for matt) 4.5" x 5.75"
Sand cardstock 9" x 8.25" (Score and fold down the middle.)
Sand cardstock 4.25" x 5.5"
Maroon cardstock .25" x 4.5"
Black Archival ink pad (Ranger)
Distress Ink pads : Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Faded Jeans (Ranger)
Double-sided tape

Scrap paper - the smoother the better
Removeable glue stick
Cutting tools


  1. Stamp Images onto the smooth white cardstock with Black archival ink. (I chose this ink as it will not bleed when other colours are added over the top with sponging.) Stamp Lion in the bottom half of the smooth white cardstock. Stamp 'Toi toi' twice along the bottom of the card. Stamp Tree into the big white space. Hint: Ensure there is good ink coverage on the stamp by holding it at an angle and looking for the glistening of wet ink.

  2. Take a piece of scrap paper approxiamately 5.5" x 5.5" and label the top and bottom.  Rip it in half - trying to keep a crisp"ish" line.  Hint: Ripping with the grain of the paper will give a crisper match of the two halves and be easier to mask together over the horizon.
  3. Apply 'removeable glue' stick near the rip line of masks sparingly, and allow to dry.
  4. Apply mask to horizon covering the sky.
  5. Sponge Antique Linen ink over the entire unmasked area, including the lion. Sponge Shabby Shutters ink from the bottom up - to cover the grass area, avoiding the lion.  Use more Antique Linen ink to blend the colours together smoothly.
  6. Remove the mask from the sky and blend some Antique Linen ink into the lions head.
  7. Take the top piece of scrap paper and match horizon, to cover the bottom of the card.  Sponge Antique Linen ink very lightly over the entire area, until the sponge is gliding smoothly over the card.
    Doing this stops the main colour "grabbing" onto the card and making unsightly dark marks.
    Sponge Faded Jeans ink softly over the sky area until you are happy with the results, avoiding the lion's head.
  8. Remove the mask.  Sponge some more Antique Linen ink along the horizon with a folded piece of foam to highlight the horizon and cover any white spots left from the masks.
  9. Trim the finished piece to size, approximately 4" x 5.25".  Attach to black paper with double sided tape. Hint: Using paper instead of card for the matt prevents the card from becoming too top heavy, and the risk of toppling over.  Trim paper closely and mount onto the folded Sand cardstock.

  10. Stamp the birthday block with black ink onto a piece of Sand cardstock scrap.
  11. Trim around the shown phrase and mount on Black paper and trim closely.
  12. Cut a sliver of Maroon cardstock, apply adhesive, and attach to card half an inch under the picture.
    Trim the ends to the edge of the card.
  13. Attach the phrase as shown.

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2 Responses »

  1. Thank you Kittie. I really enjoyed making this one - I love that lion and the way he looks in this card.

  2. This is gorgeous, Melanie and a wonderful tutorial.