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Playful Pastels: Nola’s View

Finished Card size: 4.25 x 5.5 Inches

Today, Stampers, I have two cards to share with you for the Monthly Challenge--Playful Pastels.  I used a technique called Poppin' Pastels.  They are of the same design, but just a tad different.  I decided to make them into Mother's Day cards so I could sell them through my Inkonmypaws Etsy shop.

The first completed card is shown above.

Sweet Floral and Well Scripted (Stampin' Up!)
Whisper White, Blushing Bride cardstock (Stampin' Up!)
Pattern Paper: Cheerful Treat (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versamark by Tsukineko
Regal Rose and Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up!)
Stampin' Pastels, Daubers, Paintbrush (Stampin' Up!)
Big Shot or other Sizzix Die cut machine, Tasteful Trim (Sizzix)
Diamond Glaze (Judi Kins)

Scalloped Oval and Large Punches (EK Success)
Fiber Ribbon-bought from Pink Circus on Etsy.com
Paper trimmer


  1. Cut 2 pieces of White cardstock at 2.5 x 4.5 inches.   Stamp your floral image with the Versamarker ink onto the whilte paper.  With daubers take pastel colors you want to use and gently rub them over the inked image.  Make sure to cover all the image--it's hard to see them until you start to color--that's why the technique is called Poppin' Pastels.  You make the image Pop out by using the Versamark ink.
  2. When you are done, take the Diamond Glaze and your paintbrush and put some drops on it.  Brush it all over so that you complete cover the white piece of paper.  This will cause a bit of bleeding of the pastels but it will also seal it so that  it does not come off on your fingers or anything else that touches it.
  3. Fold your Cardstock in half to make your card. Set it aside.
  4. Cut your blue pattern paper to 5 1/4 X 4 and glue it to the front of your card.
  5. Cut a strip from the pattern paper Cheerful Treat and place it on the trim you want to use from the Tasteful Trim die and run it through the Big Shot or some other Die Cutting machine.  Apply glue to the back of the trim and apply it to the edge of the pattern blue paper.  Wrap the left overs behind the blue sheet and stick them down with glue.
  6. Once the Diamond Glaze has dried, apply glue to the back of that paper and stick it where you want it to go on the pattern blue paper.
  7. Take the backing off the fabric tape and apply it so that some of it overlaps the Poppin' Pastels sheet and the pattern blue paper, wrap any extra to the back of the pattern paper.
  8. Take your folded card stock and glue the pattern blue paper to the top of your card.
  9. Stamp your sentiment on white paper with Regal Rose ink and punch it out using the scalloped oval punch and then mount that on top of a large oval that you punched out from Blushing Bride.
  10. Use some Dimensionals on the back of the Blushing Bride oval to create a 3D effect when you mount it to the card.
    Now your card is done.

If you wish to decorate the envelope too, run another strip of the pattern paper through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim die and mount it onto your envelopes.

That's it, your cards and envelopes are now ready!
Here is my 2nd finished Card:

I hope you'll try this technique.  If you do, please post the link to it so we can see it too!

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  1. What a beautiful technique Nola! Love your cards! Just gorgeous!