1 Stamp Set, 4 Designs – Masking, Ink Blending, and Watercolor Markers

– [Kristina] Hi everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another video at
my YouTube channel and blog. Today’s video is very
lengthy, so buckle in, you’re in for a wild ride. In today’s video, I’m
making two card designs, plus two envelopes which could actually be turned into a card very easily using just one stamp set. A lot of you have asked
for more videos like this where I show you multiple ways
of using the same stamp set, so I’m going to try to incorporate some more videos like this in the future. So I’m gonna be showing
you, like I said before, two envelopes and two cards. And I’m gonna throw in a bunch
of techniques along the way. I’ve got some masking, some
ink blending with stencils, some water coloring
with watercolor markers. And then lots and lots of
prep based on card sketches. I’m gonna show you all the way from the very beginning,
from the sketches, to the very end when the cards
and envelopes are finished. And I’m gonna show you the sketches to remind you along the way, ’cause I do jump around quite a bit. Okay, so the stamp set that
I’m going to be using today is from Avery Elle. This is the Peek-a-boo Pets stamp set, it came out a few months ago,
and it’s absolutely adorable. I’ve had it in the back of my stash just waiting for the right opportunity, and today is that day. So I’m gonna be using
just four of the images, and then two greetings. So these are the sketches
that I’ve come up with. I’ve got an envelope with a talk bubble, with the animals underneath
like the animals are talking. I’ve got a circular shape with the animals along the bottom of the circle, with a greeting kind of off to the corner. And then, that one I’m not doing, I decided not to do that design. I’ve got an envelope there at the bottom where I’ve got a large
kind of banner area, and the animals are peeking out above. And then I’ve got kind
of like four squares with each of the animals in each square. So those are the basic sketches
I’m gonna be using today. And because I plan to use
my watercolor markers, I’m using Bristol paper. Everything I’m doing, all the way up until I color the animals, you could do on whatever paper you’d like. But since I will be
eventually water coloring, I’m using Bristol paper. I’m gonna prep the envelopes first using the envelope punchboard
from We R Memory Keepers. I know that I need to
cut my paper to 8 1/4, and I’m going to have
the first scoring line when my paper’s lined up at 3 5/8th. So here’s that punchboard, this is actually the 1-2-3 Punch Board. Cut down that Bristol
paper to 8 1/4 by 8 1/4. I lined up that left edge to 3 5/8th, punched it, and then I’m
going to use the score line A and this bone folder that
comes with the punchboard. I’m going to score that
up to the very top. And this is going to be the basic, like, instructions or
movements that you do when you’re creating your envelope base. So after that you rotate it, and you line up that score line
that you’ve just done before with the little, the far
left little pointy thing coming out from the punch,
if you can see that. And then you can score up
in that same area again, and then use the punch at the top and that’s gonna take out a notch. You’re gonna do that two more times so that each side of this card
stock is punched and scored. And then you have a perfect envelope, and it’s made out of
whatever card stock you want. So because I’m gonna be doing some water coloring with those markers, I’m using Bristol paper, and I don’t think there’s
really any envelopes that are pre-made out of Bristol paper, so this tool comes in handy. Up at the top of the punchboard, you’ve got these two other
little corner punches. One takes a notch, and
the other rounds it. I’m using the rounding side just to round those sharp
corners on the envelope. Okay, so I’ve got my envelopes prepped, now I’m gonna prep my card bases. So each of these cards has a finished size of 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. So I’m cutting down my Bristol paper to be 4 1/4 by 11 inches tall. And then I’m going to score them so I know exactly how they’ll be folded. So going back to the
envelopes for a minute here, I’m just gonna fold down these flaps so you can sort of see how they’re going to
be assembled later on. These envelopes come
together super quickly and if you wanna do any sort of mail art, I really recommend the
envelope punchboard, or the 1-2-3 Punch Board
from We R Memory Keepers, because then you can make your envelopes out of whatever card stock you want, or watercolor paper, or whatever. It’s super easy and after you’ve
done one of these envelopes it comes even easier in the future. So I’m gonna cut down some masking paper, I’m doing a ton of masking on these cards and so I’ve got some masking paper sheets from Simon Says Stamp. This first one I’m prepping
is the circle window for the card with the
animals coming across the bottom of the circle. So I’m gonna make sure
that circle die from Simon is centered just on that masking paper. I also have the nested
talking bubbles from Simon that I’m gonna be using
on one of the envelopes. And I realize that the little
tail on the talking bubble, I wanted it to be on the
left side like in my sketch, but this die cuts it on the right. So what I’m gonna do is make sure that when I cut my masking paper, that it’s going to have
the tail on the left. So I’m checking to make sure which side of this masking paper is the sticky side. And then I’m going to
place my talking bubble die right behind it in the way
that I want it to actually be. And then I can flip that over, and run that through
my die cutting machine. And by doing this, I’m going
to make sure that the tail is on the side that I want it
to be on that masking paper so that I can have it
over on the one side. I wanted it on the left side because the postage on the envelope will be on the right corner,
and I want those two corners to find of balance each other out. Now cutting that circle
for the circle window mask. And then I’m prepping a bunch
of strips of masking paper for the window card, the
one with the four animals in the window. I’m gonna cut two strips
that are a quarter inch wide, these are going to be those areas right in the middle of all four. And then I’m going to cut some
half inch strips here as well and those will be the four sides going around all four of these kind of window rectangular shapes. So as I was editing this video, I realized that the way I
originally prepped this card base was really complicated, and there was a much easier way to do it. So I’m gonna show you
how to do this real easy. I just went and filmed this real quick. So the first thing you’re gonna do is mark where the center of
the card is, and that’s 4 1/8. And then I’m gonna mark 1/8th on each side so that’s the width of the quarter inch of masking strip that I have. I’m gonna draw two vertical lines, this is gonna help me line
up that masking paper. And then I’m going to measure down from the top 2 1/2 inches. And I’m gonna do those marks on the sides for the width of that masking strip just like I did for the vertical strip. And this is going to give me a nice, kind of centered but a little more near the top of the card, area. I’ve now got some card
stock cut to 1 1/4 wide by 1 3/8th tall, put a little bit of a
removable adhesive behind that and I’m temporarily placing
these onto my card front. And I’m gonna use these as a guide while I place these masking paper strips. So I’ve got one going horizontally, and then I’ve got this
other one going vertically. I’m gonna go ahead and grab a couple of the more wide strips that I cut out, these half inch strips. I’m gonna place that above,
lining up across the top of those two pink squares. Then I’m gonna move one
of the pink squares down so that I can line up the
masking strip on the left side. This is gonna give me
the perfect placement. And you can probably
anticipate what I’m doing next, I’m gonna pull that one at
the top down to the bottom, so that I can line it up across
the bottom with that strip. And the last thing to do is to put one more of those squares up at the top and this is going to
give me the right edge of all of this masking. So after I had all of this masking done, I was then able to put some
additional masking paper just to protect those areas
that were left on the card. I’m gonna do quite a bit of ink blending, and I wanted to protect those areas. So here’s what it looked
like when I was getting ready to start my ink blending. But I’m gonna go ahead
and apply those masks to the other card and envelopes. So I’ve got my circle window mask that’s going on this one, and I have a little trouble there, and it kinda bubbled up on one area, but doesn’t bother me. It shouldn’t affect the masking at all. And then I folded up one of
those envelopes just temporarily so that I could get placement
of this talk bubble mask. Okay, so now I’ve got most
all of my masking done here. I’m gonna go ahead and get
into all of the stamping. There’s quite a bit of stamping, but I’m only gonna be using four images. Or, four images and two
greetings, actually. So here’s that window card with the four animals in each square. I’ve got all those animals placed in my Misti stamp positioning tool. And the stamping ink I’m using today is VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I’m using this ink in particular because like I mentioned before, I’m gonna be water coloring
over the top of these. And so I wanna make sure
I’m using a waterproof ink and one that’s really vibrant and gives me a really
good stamped impression. And VersaMark is that ink for me, or I’m sorry, VersaFine is
that ink for me and I love it. Okay, so I’m gonna
create some stamped masks of all these animals whiles
I’ve got my animals inked up. I’m just using the residual
ink left on the stamps because I don’t need these
to be super dark or anything, I just want them so I
can cut them out later. I’m gonna set those aside
and continue stamping. Here’s that window card,
the circle window card, with the three animals
kind of at the bottom. And once again, I’m stamping the animals in that VersaFine Onyx Black ink. So I’ve got a little
bit more stamping to do, I’m gonna go ahead and stamp
the talk bubble envelope. And I’ve just folded over
one of the side flaps from the envelope so I
can fit it in my Misti. And then I’ve arranged three
of the animals at the bottom below that talk bubble. I’m gonna stamp it in that same black ink, I’m using the same ink for all of these cards and envelopes today. And it gives me a really
nice, deep impression. Okay, for this last envelope, I realized I forgot one mask. I needed to create that rectangular mask where the animals are going
to be popping out from. So I cut out an additional
piece of masking paper that was three inches wide by 1 1/2 tall, placed that on the envelope, and then stamped the animals near the top. In hindsight, I would’ve changed the placement of that rectangle. I would’ve brought it down a little bit, because I wasn’t thinking ahead to where the postage stamps would be. And so I think if I was to
create this envelope again, I would have placed that
masking paper rectangle a little bit farther down on the envelope. But not a huge deal, it’s
still gonna look real great once I have everything done. Okay, so I have just a little
bit more stamping to do, and that’s the greetings
for the two cards. And I’m using the talk
bubbles from the stamp set. One says thank you and one
says it’s your birthday. And I’m actually going
to trim those out later, I’m gonna set them aside. I’ve come back to my
masking paper animals, and I’m going to trim
these out really carefully. And I caught this tip from someone, I unfortunately don’t remember who it was, but they said when you’re cutting out masks of stamped images, try to not cut right on the outer edge like you would if you were trimming out the image to go straight onto a card. Instead, cut down right down
the middle of that black line and that makes it so that
your mask will fit perfectly on top of those images that you’ve stamped and will also prevent
any strange white gaps, if that makes sense. It just gives you a little
bit of a better result with all of your masking. So I trimmed out all
four of these animals, and now I’m gonna get
into the ink blending. And this is where we get
color, it’s my favorite part. So I put down my craft sheet from Ranger, and I’m taping off the four
sides of this envelope. I’m using some two inch wide masking tape, or Post-it tape, but you
could definitely just use more of that masking paper. I’m using Distress Oxide inks
for all my ink blending today. I’m using Seedless
Preserves, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade, and Abandoned Coral. And before I get to actually ink blending, I’m gonna cover these
animals with those masks. Those masks will protect
the area underneath, it’s gonna make it so
these animals stay white until I can paint them later. So I’ve got all of those
animals covered up, and I’m gonna go in into the blending. I’m using some Picket Fence Studios, I think it’s Picket Fences Studios Life Changing blending, Blender Brushes. I always say that wrong,
it’s Blender Brushes, not blending brushes. And I’m just going around this
area, adding that color in, making sure I have enough
blending in between the colors to really get a nice transition. And this is gonna be kind of almost like a rainbow effect about this. I made a shaker card
using these same colors not that long ago, and I
was in love with the colors so that’s why I’m using them again. I’m using the large dot
stencil from Simon Says Stamp. And after I did that initial blending, I’m gonna do more blending
over top using the stencil. Taping it in place, and
you’ll notice that the stencil does not extent to the
full width of the envelope, so I’m gonna blend on one side, and then pick it up, clean
it off so I don’t have any colors transferring weirdly, and then match up that pattern
and tape it down again. This is gonna make it so I can
extend that stencil pattern all the way to the other
side of the envelope. So I’m gonna go ahead and keep blending, and adding more of that yellow
over top, and then that blue. And then I can lift up the stencil, and you can see all
that pattern underneath. I really love this part,
it’s like Christmas morning. So I’m gonna peel up each
one of these animals, and as I peel it up I’m
gonna go ahead and place it onto the next card or envelope
that I’ll be working on. So I’m gonna go ahead and place them directly onto that circle window card. And this is gonna make it
so that I can go immediately into the blending as soon as I’m ready. The last thing to do on
this talk bubble envelope is to peel up the talk bubble mask. Gonna take off these edges, and then I can peel off that talk bubble and it has a nice, clean
white area underneath, I think it looks so cool. So I’m gonna set this one aside and I’m gonna go onto the
circle window blending. I’m gonna speed through
all of the ink blending for the rest of these cards and envelopes because it’s a lot of the same thing. I did those same four
colors on the blending, and once I had the colors kinda down, then I brought a stencil in. So this stencil is from Erin Lee Creative, this is the Hex stencil. And I’m going to place
it right over the top, tape it in place and then blend
over with those same colors. So at this point while I
was working on these cards, I realized there was quite a bit of ink collecting on top of these animal masks, and I was really crossing my fingers and hoping that I would get away with using these masks multiple times. And I think I was able to
use them about three times. So I’m gonna use them on the window card, the four animal window card. But then what you’re gonna see when I get to the final envelope that there’s a little
bit of color transfer. So kind of you’re taking a risk by using these masks over and
over again with Oxide inks just because the Oxide inks
don’t dry really quickly, they’ll stay on the surface of the paper a little bit longer. So since I was using these masks immediately after already being used, I did have a little bit
of that color transfer. So there’s the circle one, and I’m gonna move onto the
four quadrant window animal one. So I’ve added that pig mask
for the very last mask, and then each one of these quadrants will be ink blended on its own. So I’m using some leftover masking tape that I’ve used on the
other card and envelope. And I’m gonna ink blend each
one of these individually. Using the same colors, and
I’m using two colors per kind of square in this design. So I’ve got the Abandoned
Coral to Seedless Preserves. Then I’m using Squeezed
Lemonade to Tumbled Glass. And then I’m gonna use those
same color combinations for the animals down below, except this time I’m going to make sure that the colors look okay. So if the one above, I had
the yellow in that top corner, and the blue on the side. I’m gonna kind of make
sure that I don’t have yellow on yellow at the center, or coral and coral at the center. I want those colors to be
a little bit different. So you can see how it’s
basically the same color pattern on each one of these, but because the way that they’re arranged, you don’t have the same
color touching each other. Okay, so I’m taking off all that masking. And this card is almost
ready to do painting, but I will have to do some erasing later. But I’m gonna set it aside for now and work on that last envelope. So I’m using this stencil
from Heffy Doodle. And I’m going to place the
stencil directly over the top after I’ve already done some blending. I’ve brought in a different color, I thought this one would
be kind of interesting to have a more neutral color palette. So I’m using Pumice Stone. This is when I realized
that the Seedless Preserves and Abandoned Coral that
were on the pig mask were starting to kind of
bleed into that Pumice Stone. So you will see a little bit of a ghosting or faint pink/purple shade in that area, but for the most part it
didn’t bother me too much. So I’m peeling up the mask, and that’s the area where you would put the recipient’s address. And then I’m going to go
back to that window card, I’m gonna do a bunch of erasing. I’m using this itty
bitty eraser from Tombow, it’s kind of like a mechanical
pencil, but it’s an eraser. And it’s really great
for erasing those lines. Okay, so now I’m gonna get
into all of the water coloring. This video is very long, thanks for sticking in there with me. For each one of these
that have the animals coming up to an edge, I’m
using some masking tape. And I’ve switched from masking tape, or from Post-it tape to masking tape because masking tape handles moisture. And you can reuse it too, whereas Post-it tape is like paper tape with adhesive on the back. And so the paper eats that water and then it can allow the
water to seep underneath. So that’s why I’m using two
different types of tape. I had Post-it tape for when
I was doing the ink blending which just had the more dry inks. And then I’m using masking tape for the actual watercolor painting. And as I paint each one of these animals, I’m going to paint the
animal on all four designs. So I’m starting with the pig here, and you’ll notice that I only have two cards with the pig, actually. But I painted both at the same time. Just kind of switching back and forth. So now I’m gonna more onto the dog. And I started out with this brown shade, which I think in hindsight
I should’ve kept. But you’ll notice here in a minute when I get to adding some
additional colors and shading that I do bring in kind of like a darker magenta/purple shade and it makes the dog look
a little bit more red, which I guess isn’t a bad thing considering these cards and envelopes are so colorful as it is. But I think in hindsight
I probably would’ve switched up the color
of the dog a little bit. But I do like how it turned out, I just think I would’ve done
it a little bit differently. For this window card, I did need to trace the edge of that circle, so I just used the backing
release paper from that mask. And I just traced around that circle. So here’s where I’m gonna
bring in some of that kind of reddish purple shade. And it gets even more intense, ’cause I switch marker
colors for this second one and I kinda liked bringing in that purple. And so I’m gonna go back
to that original one and add this color in, and it really intensifies it. I do kind of like how this purple gives it an unusual coloring on the dog. It almost makes me think of those Andy Warhol paintings where you have like the four images, and it had really really
bright colors, like pop art. So it sorta reminds me of that. So I painted all of the dogs, just adding in that shading and making sure I’m spreading it out. The thing you wanna remember
with these watercolor markers whether you’re using the
ones I’m using today, which are the Zig Clean Color markers, or if you use Arteza markers, or anything that’s kind of
like a marker like this, the thing you wanna remember
is that the paper you’re using if you’re using Bristol, it can’t handle a ton
of water all at once. So work in layers, like I’m doing here. I’m doing a little bit of a layer of gray, then I’m gonna let that dry and I’ll come back to and add more on top. Just be conservative in
how much water you use and you’ll be just fine. And I like how these markers can react to be on top
of this Bristol paper. I have used these markers
on watercolor paper, and they’re okay, they’re not my favorite. I like how they blend out
on Bristol paper much more. So if you’re having trouble
using your watercolor markers, I really encourage you to try some of this Strathmore Bristol smooth paper. Because it’s so much better, and those colors will
blend out beautifully. I’ve moved onto the little mouse. Did wanna mention I colored all the cats how I always color cats
on my cards and projects, because my two cats Sophie and Daphne are silver tabbies, they look
exactly alike the kitties on these envelopes and cards today. So I’m adding a little bit of shading. I’m just gonna put a purple on that mouse. And then last thing I’m going to do is add black onto the dog and mice. And that finishes up all of the painting. So I peeled up all the masking tape, and I also prepped the greetings that are going to go on the card fronts. I’m getting near to the end
of finishing these cards, just hang in there, there’s
a little bit more to do. So I trim these out with my scissors and then I put some foam
adhesive on the back of each of these talk bubbles. And I’m using some 3M Scotch foam tape. Just cut those down to the perfect size to go behind these talk bubbles. And I like how using that black against the really colorful backgrounds really makes it pop. So now I’m going to put the postage stamps on these envelopes. These Popsicle postage stamps, when you rub them they
actually smell sweet, they’re like scratch and sniff,
I think that’s kinda cool. And on this other one, I’m
using this heart quilling postage stamp from a few years ago. So now I’m going to
assemble the envelopes. And these are super easy to put together, you just need a couple strips of adhesive. I’m using some, I think this is Imagine Crafts X-Press It tape, I think that’s what it’s called. And you just put a little bit
of adhesive on the bottom flap and you wanna leave the top,
the very corner of the flap, free of any adhesive. Because when you close up the flaps, that part will be exposed to
the interior of the envelope. So you’re gonna save yourself
a little bit of hassle and make sure you leave that area free. And you’ll see when I fold it up how that top corner on the bottom flap will not be touching the flaps underneath. So I’ll fold that up, and there
we go, there’s the envelope. And I just did that for
the other envelope as well, and then my envelopes are made
and ready for these cards. So I’m not gonna be doing any lettering on the actual envelopes
or addressing them today. I hope you guys don’t mind. But those are my projects for today, thank you so much for hanging in there. I hope you guys enjoyed the video today. You can see more about
all the supplies I used, the stencils, the inks,
the markers, everything, you can see that down below
in the video description or over at my blog in the supply section. Once again, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you guys next time. (cheerful upbeat music)

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Reader Comments

  1. briana pratt

    Outstanding Kristina! I love the fanciful color on the dog 💚. Each card is a feast for the eyes. And the mouse could almost double as an otter 🙃. Thanks for all of your hard work!!!

  2. Birka R

    sooo awesome!! The hole video (and the lenght was worth it!!) I would never had that idea to take purple for animals, but it looks sooooo great!!! and I love your distress-combinations (I saved all your combo-images on insta) and .. short: I loved everything! 🙂

  3. SFG Cards and Craft

    Regarding your masks, use clear contact or sticky tape to cover the stamped image before cutting it, then the colour will never go through the masking paper. Regards Liz

  4. Nancy Lynn

    You are soooo amazing, Kristina, and I can't express enough how much I appreciate your tutorials! Picked up so many helpful tips. Wonderful whimsical design on all 4 projects! Thanks for sharing, Kristina!

  5. Debbie J's Crafting Corner

    So super cute. I need to practice using watercolor markers, you are such an inspiration! Do you prefer copics or watercolor?

  6. Michael Barcus-Gray

    I’m in love with this video!!! Everything about it!!! And I love that it’s longer! I like seeing your process! Please do more like this!

  7. Pippa

    Have you tried Faber Castel watercolour pencils? They are like no others I've used before. They melt so beautifully! I thought I didn't like watercolour pencils but realised that it was the brand I tried that that were just not great.
    With the FC you really don't need a lot of water, and can color on the paper. All the pigment melts and doesn't leave marks.

  8. Steffi Decker

    Love, love, love it.
    That little cat looks like my cats Leo and Filou.
    I love these long videos, because you are so awesome 😘
    Greetings from Germany, Steffi

  9. Lin van Teijlingen

    I like the longer video and following along from beginning to end. I like that you explain why you do certain things and i love all the techniques used. Cool to see more ideas worked out.

  10. John richard

    Hello Kristina 👋! I really super enjoyed today’s video of all the four different designs! The best part was of course using the same stamps and inks to create a themed set of cards and envelopes! I never complain about longer videos especially when they are so filled with so much inspiration and teachable techniques etc! Thank you for all the hard work you put into this video! All of it is greatly appreciated! ~ Katz

  11. Wronda Gustafson

    Multiple cards from a single set is great, maybe. Now that I see more options the set is more likely to be purchased. 😂

  12. Renee Cassidy

    Wonderful video, Kristina! Love the matching cards an envelopes and the idea of brushing on the background and then using a stencil over that. Great tips, thank you!

  13. Liza Cronjé

    Awesome and stunning cards and envelopes! Loved watching & learning from you. Great techniques, ideas, inking and coloring. 💜⭐️ Superb.

  14. Cheeka

    Really love these cards and envelopes, I managed to get my hands on the crazy chicken stamp set from stampin up, I wasn't sure how I was going to use them as it's not really my style but I just had to have the crazy chicken and now I have a few ideas to get me started. Thank you

  15. Cheri

    WOW – such darling cards, Kristina! Anyone, any age, would certainly love receiving these cards! 
    And I certainly enjoyed watching you do all that lovely work!

  16. Charlene Turgeon

    Thank you for envelopes! To me they are the wrapping paper of the gift of the hand make card! Remember do not put anything below the zip code. The machines read whatever is on the bottom first.

  17. Angela DSG

    You touched a bit on why Bristol paper is more appropriate for this project, but I would LOVE a video that delves even deeper into different papers (esp. Watercolor & basic white papers) and their appropriate uses, benefits and limitations. For example, finding a simple white card stock that suits my purposes took me FOREVER to figure out. I couldn't understand why I found Neena Solar White so difficult to use when it seemed like everyone used it so easily in the videos I watched until someone told me that it's best for blending Copic markers (which I don't really use) and so it had become a staple for many crafters. Also, I'd like to know WHY Bristol watercolor paper is different from other watercolor paper. Why make a watercolor paper that can't handle much water? I just don't get it. My brain, and thus my crafting, works better when I understand the reasoning behind the intended function of a product. So, some illumination on those finer points helps me tremendously in being more successful in my craft-making (and anything else, for that matter) ;). And I know I'm not alone. Even if you don't know all the answers, just sharing what you do know in a dedicated video would be awesome. Thanks! 😀
    Also, beautiful cards, as always! 💕

  18. Susan Thibaud

    This is a wonderful video. The cards and envelopes are beautiful. You have given me so much inspiration. Thank you for sharing. Susan

  19. Jennabelle Campbell

    Your envelope pooch has a blank nosey! These were super sweet and I didnt think this was too long at all. Its nice to learn so many techniques in one video!

  20. Alice Morrel

    Watching this one again. Reminded me I wanted to ask ages ago if you get the USPS postage stamp catalog. The artwork for these tiny "canvases" is amazing. Fabulous video packed with info, thank you.

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