Thursday, July 27, 2017

Make It Monday #292 - Color Blocking

Hello friends.  Playing along with this weeks Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink where Laurie Schmidlin shows us 3 different ways to color block our backgrounds.

I needed a masculine birthday card and decided to try Laurie's technique of adding 3 colors of ink directly to an acrylic block, spritzing with water, and then pressing into your cardstock.  I had a "happy accident" while doing this technique that thrilled me!  My one large acrylic block had some goo on one side, so I applied my 3 colors (Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, & Classic Kraft) to the side of the block that had grid lines on it for help in lining your stamps up.  And this is what happened:


Doesn't that look so cool with the grid lines on my cardstock?!!  I love it!  I never realized the grid lines were actually etched into the acrylic block, so the ink never got into those crevices and left the lines to show up.

The stamp set Hands Of Time has been around for  quite awhile now, but I just ordered it a couple months ago and had not used it yet.  I ordered it specifically for masculine cards and so this seemed like a perfect time to use it!


I stamped my sentiment first, and then splattered a bit of black ink onto the card front.  Next I die cut the clock face from kraft cardstock and then did a little embossing with copper embossing powder.  I stamped 2 smaller clock faces in black to even out the balance of the card.  I mounted the top layer to a kraft card base and then added a piece of black bakers twine to finish off the card.



Check out Laurie's great video and 3 BEAUTIFUL cards (I especially LOVED her butterfly card and would have liked nothing better than to completely CASE it, but I controlled myself!) right HERE and then play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!


13 comments:

  1. Marcia, what a great masculine card. Love your background with the lines caused by the "happy accident".

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  2. I love your card, Marcia! Love the clocks and it is a great masculine card! Very cool

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  3. Ooooh, I love the gorgeous bg you did! The lines, the block colors, so vintage setting for the clocks. Gorgeous, Marcia!

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  4. That was my first question....how did you get the lines!!! What a happy accident and one I hope I can do the same with as well. Beautiful masculine card Marcia!

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  5. Fantastic masculine card, love the grid background, Cathy x

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  6. What a fantastic discovery you made for your masculine card. I love the gridlines and will try it with my block. The colors you used are my "go to" male colors. lol

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  7. WOW ... cool card Marcia! LOVE your happy accident with the background. When I saw the picture I thought you had heat embossed a grid. It's just perfect. And I love those clocks, especially one with the copper embossing. xx

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  8. Happy accident indeed! I never thought to use the side with the lines, but now I will! Very creative & artistic, Marcia!

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  9. Oh wow! Never knew the grid lines on some stamp blocks actually show up. I'll have to try that...lovely card!

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  10. OMG Marcia, I'm blown away by this card. Love the amazing masculine theme and what a great happy accident with the background. love those grid lines :)

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  11. Marcia, your creativity always amazes me. You come up with so many unique and cool designs. This one is the best of all time and perfect masculine design. Why didn't I ever think to try inking the etched side of my acrylic block? I'm eager to try it now. TFS!

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  12. I got the same grid lines from my acyrlic block too! It looks great with the stamp set you chose!

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  13. That is a happy accident! I love how the grid marks look on this fabulous card. Love the time pieces. A perfect masculine card!

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