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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you the happiest of holidays: full of delicious food, great company and stress-free travel. In keeping with the Thanksgiving tradition of eating then shopping, make sure to keep an eye out for special sales at The Ink Pad's Greenwich Village shop from Friday through Tuesday so you can get your craft fix on! (& of course The Ink Pad Online is open all the time!) Card by Lauren Bergold Supplies used: Karin DecoBrush Metallic Pens, Pitt Artist Pens, Eyelet Outlet Brads  and VersaFine Clair Inks; all available at The Ink Pad! ♥♥♥

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Stencil Sunday: Lots of Layers

Clean and simple cards are lovely, but sometimes a girl needs lots of grungy layers! And since so many of the images in The Ink Pad's exclusive line by Michelle Ward are available as both stencils and stamps it means you can have a lot of fun playing with scale; plus they all mix and match so beautifully.     This card is built around two gel prints, both of which have several layers. Because when I get out my full-sized Gel Plate and lots of lovely heavy body acrylic paints, I definitely want to spend some time experimenting. In this case I've got a print with nice...

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Good Advice!

When it comes to wishes, this little frog... (who may or may not be a Prince in disguise) ...definitely has the right idea: Wish *BIG* or don't bother, lol!      I used my luscious Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors to paint a frame of foliage around an A2-sized panel of Canson Watercolor Paper. Btw, that's my number one tip to anyone starting out with watercolor: use paper that's intended to get wet! When all my leaves and vines were thoroughly dry, I added a little more detail with my trusty Pitt Artist Pens.      I affixed the handsome Eyelet Outlet Frog Brad on top of a...

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Stencil (& Stamp) Sunday: You'll Get a *KICK* Out Of This One!

Ok, sorry about the diabolical pun, but if you've got a card that features Michelle Ward's beautiful Dance Line Stamp Set, designed exclusively for The Ink Pad, it's kind of hard to resist! I love that this set features two different dance lines, a couple of beautiful art deco details and also some "every day occasion" greetings, all of which are very useful! Since I wanted the silhouetted image of the dancers to show up strongly, I used coordinating shades of VersaFine Clair Ink through the Downtown NYC Map Stencil with my trusty Picket Fence Studio Blender Brushes on top of a blue and lilac gel print, so...

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More Books, Please!

Here's a card that combines a couple of my favorite cardmaking strategies: making my own customized background and stamping a sentiment for which there is no sentiment stamp! Because really, the main reason we love making our own cards is that we can tailor them to fit the interests and personalities of our friends and family, right?     Washi Tape makes awesome patterned paper, and that's what I've used here. I cut my plain white cardstock to 4 x 5.25" (the perfect panel for an A2 card) then neatly lined up strips of Book Tape, wrapping the ends around to the back...

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