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Better World - Kelly Martin

Hey Friends!

It's Kelly Martin here. Thanks so much for joining me today while I share this bright and spring-y card!

I've had a long-standing love with this Hanging With My Gnomies stamp set from My Favorite Things. I bought it several months ago and I was so excited for a chance to finally use it!

I began by stamping out all the images on Bristol Smooth cardstock. I used Versafine Clair Nocturne ink to stamp the images because I knew I wanted to watercolor them. So after I stamped the images, I applied clear embossing powder and used my heat gun to melt the powder. (I prefer using embossed images for watercoloring because it helps keep the watercolors from blending in to each other because there's a thicker border for the ink to stay within the lines!) 

After the stamping was complete, I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (along with water!) to color the images. Then, I used the coordinating dies to cut the images out. 

Before assembling the images on to the card, I cut and scored a 4.25 x 5.5 inch panel of cardstock to make the card base. I then used my Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink and blended that across the top half of the card to create the sky. 

To create the grass, I used the Grassy Hills die set to cut two sections of grass from white cardstock and colored them using Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide inks, combined with my ink blending brushes. 

I adhered the grass pieces to the card panel with foam tape and then assembled the rest of the images on to the card, gluing them down with liquid adhesive

To finish off the card, I stamped out a sentiment on to a white cardstock scrap, mounted it on to a piece of black cardstock, and then adhered that completed sentiment piece down to the card with a piece of foam tape on the back so that it would pop off the card and give some extra dimension!

Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my card today! I hope your weekend has brought you some crafty fun!

Until next time,



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