Happy Mother's day! Today I will be featuring two cards using MFT's Up in the Air. The first, my co-worker had asked me to make a graduation card for her cousin who is graduating from USC. I started by laying out my design on the card base and figuring out what I wanted to do. I find I have been a bit more organized when I do this.
Once I figured out my layout, I cut out my matting for the card. I used the USC colors for the matting, while I was at it, I die cut my hill as well as using MFT's basic stitch lines (I used the regular stitch) to put stitching around my main card piece. I then stamped out my images with Simon Says Intense Black Ink as I wanted to Copic color my images. I tried to incorporate some more of the USC colors on the images. Once I finished coloring I fussing cut the images out. I then used Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron) to ink blend my boarder hill. I then used Tumbled Glass to ink blend some clouds out onto the main card. Most of the images were glued down flat, however, I popped up the balloon image. I stamped a sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and embossed with clear ink.
My next card was a labor of love. I really wanted to do a one layered card with the same stamp set and had an idea of what I wanted to do. At first I was toying with the sky color; did I want to do a cloud sky? I do like the look of the cloud sky but I wanted to do something a bit different for this card, so I google searched sky at different times in the day and I loved the sun set sky and wanted to mimic it. I started by laying out my card by stamping the images on a scrap piece of paper and labeling which would be in front/back. Then I stamped and fussy cut masks for my images.
After all my images had a mask I masked off the sky area to do my grass area by ink blending Distress Ink colors (Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio). After distressing the grass area, I asked it off to do the sky. I took inspiration from some google images and came up with some distress colors (Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot). Once the sky was distressed I then used the MFT stencil Radiating Rays to create a sun setting behind the house.
I hope you like my cards. :)