4 Bar Card - Maple & Ink Giveaway

by - November 03, 2017

Maple & Ink recently held a giveaway on her Instagram and I was lucky enough to be the chosen winner! It was SUPER exciting for me especially because the set was the new Espresso Yourself stamp set and I have a pretty serious addiction and love affair with coffee. After waiting just three days for the stamp set to get here (she ROCKS with shipping) I got right to work.

Before actually digging into materials when making a card, I usually sit and stare at the set for a few minutes to brainstorm what I'd like to card to look like. What will the card be for? Just a hello, a thank you, happy birthday. But this set is pretty cool because none of the sentiments are specific to any holiday or purpose. They're all coffee pun related (which you know I love) and can really be used for any occasion. I really liked the cozy look of this girl in the set and realized she looked a little down, so I thought the Better Latte Than Never suited her.

I stamped her to marker paper in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copic markers. I had to think of what I wanted for a background and once I noticed the coffee ring, I knew I had to utilize it. I cut a piece of Strathmore Watercolor paper to 3 1/4"X 4 5/8"which is just smaller than an A1 sized card. I wanted the girl to take up a good chunk of the card so I decided on an A1 rather than an A2 size. I then stamped the coffee ring into the corner of the paper with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Cup O Joe (how fitting). Then, I dabbed the ink pad onto an acrylic block and used a water brush to create a watercolor paint to color in the ring, I added some more water once I was finished coloring in, and picked up quite a bit on my water brush. Then, I tapped the brush onto the side of my finger to allow the paint to spray all over my watercolor paper to look as if some coffee got on the paper.

I stamped the sentiment Better Latte Than Never on another small piece of watercolor paper and did the same thing, spraying the paint over it so that it matched the rest of the card. I cut it down to a small rectangle and added some brown twine to the back a bit longer than the width of the card front. This allowed me to fold it behind the card front and adhere it to the back to look as if it is tied there. I put some foam tape behind the sentiment to add some dimension and placed it toward the bottom of the card.

I decided to use double sided tape to adhere the girl to the card, just above the sentiment and I drew a light "shadow" beneath her just to give it a little more realistic look. I also added some sparkly gold sequins (cause I wouldn't be me without sequins) near the girl and sentiment just to add a little something. In retrospect, I could have left the sequins off, but its honestly SUCH a struggle for me. haha.

I hope you enjoyed learning about how I created this card using the Maple & Ink set that I won in the giveaway. I'll see you soon for another card!

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