Crafty, Stamping

Adjust Your Sails: Lil’ Inker Designs February Release Blog Hop, Day 2


Welcome back for day two of Lil’ Inker Designs’ February New Release Blog Hop!

The design team has a lot of great things to share today using the newest release, which is already available in the Lil’ Inker Store. For all of the details on the release, the hop, and the prizes (three $15 LID gift certificates) ¬†you’ll want to start with Laura’s post on the Lil’ Inker Shop Blog. If you’re already hopping with us, the talented Maureen was your last stop. And now you’re here!

Cloudy Sky DieI’ll be honest, I’m kind of in love with today’s card. One of my favorite stamping themes is clouds, going back 10 years when I fell in love with stamping all over again because of A Muse’s Seattle Girl and clouds stamps. I used an entire pack of their cloud paper in less than two years, so it makes sense that the first thing I wanted to do with the new Cloudy Sky die is make my own patterned paper.

I started with a pale blue notecard and a simple stencil made from a half sheet of card stock cut several times with the cloudy sky die. I taped the stencil over the card front with a few long strips of washi tape on the back side, then sponged over it with a mix of shimmery graphite and opaque gray mists. After a quick mist of graphite to make sure I had a lot of shimmer, I shifted the stencil slightly and layered on opaque white and even more graphite mists. Shifting the mask adds depth and creates a kind of “silver lining”.


Stay Beautiful StampsI wrapped a thin vellum band, stamped with a gorgeous sentiment from Stay Beautiful, around the card and finished it with two silver stitched clouds and a large gem. I didn’t want anything to take away from all of those silvery clouds!

I hope I’ll see you back here tomorrow to share another project. And I promise I won’t use the Stay Beautiful stamp set again, even though I really, really want to. For now, it’s off to see what lovely things Suzanne has created with our new goodies. Please leave her a little love in the comments (and give yourself a chance to win a little love from LID).

Tips & Tricks

I made my mask out of card stock instead of a traditional frisket film so that it would absorb some of the mist. I love thick plastic stencils for working with ink and heavy mediums like paint, but prefer paper for heavy misting. Mists tend to pool up on plastic stencils and masks, spilling over the edges and onto my project. But heavy paper, if secured with a lot of tape or removable adhesive to prevent curling, can absorb the extra moisture and give you a cleaner line. Just be careful not to over saturate the mask, because mist colors can bleed through.


  • Amy Kolling

    February 4, 2014

    I’m so glad you explained how you made this amazing card! I love the color you achieved with misting……and that sentiment is just perfect with the clouds!

  • Trina C

    February 4, 2014

    Cute card. Thanks for explaining how you made the card.

  • Holly AKA KopyKat

    February 4, 2014

    Wow, that’s so cute

  • Donna Cala

    February 4, 2014

    How impressive. You achieved such great color depth, and the shimmer is beautiful. The clouds are beautiful with the encouraging sentiment.

  • Kristie

    February 4, 2014

    Great card. Thanks for sharing your tips. Love the sentiment!

  • Loly Borda

    February 4, 2014

    Love how you did your background! Thanks for sharing your tips, love all the sentiments in this set. TFS

  • Gaylynn

    February 4, 2014

    Gorgeous card with this great sentiment and clouds. Very nice showcase!!!

  • Tracey McNeely

    February 4, 2014

    Cool cloudy sky!

  • Anja curvers

    February 4, 2014

    Wow that cloudy background is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alicia Thelin

    February 4, 2014

    Sarah! Love it. Aren’t those tiny clouds wonderful?

  • Amy C.

    February 4, 2014

    Lovely card and I love the sentiment and use of vellum!

  • Kim Heggins

    February 4, 2014

    Sweet card.

  • Shelley

    February 4, 2014

    Gorgeous card and the use of the vellum strip for the sentiment is the absolute perfect touch. Love!

  • Lindsey

    February 4, 2014

    Love this layout and the background you created is amazing! I don’t know what the A Muse paper looked like, but it couldn’t be any prettier than this!

  • Lisa Henke

    February 4, 2014

    great card! love those clouds and thanks for the misting/stencil tip.

  • Sharron

    February 4, 2014

    LOVE your card! The clouds are wonderful and thanks so much for sharing tips on your process.

  • Sue D

    February 4, 2014

    Great sentiment and I like how you created the cloud background–thanks for the tip.

  • Amy R

    February 4, 2014

    What a lovely soft card!

  • c

    February 4, 2014

    Beautiful, spirit-lifting card!

  • Kay Jantz

    February 4, 2014

    Love the Stay Beautiful stamp set and the cloud die, those are must haves for my stash! Love your work!

  • Pam Young

    February 4, 2014

    Gorgeous card!!

  • Gilda

    February 4, 2014

    What a great idea. Love the card and the quote.

  • Carolyn

    February 4, 2014

    Thanks for explaining how you created the cloud background , it is beautiful.

  • sandie carter

    February 4, 2014

    What a great looking card – love how you stamped onto vellum for the sentiment.

  • Michele L.

    February 4, 2014

    Great card and thanks for the tips and tricks! That makes sense and I agree about the plastic stencils

  • Marlene

    February 5, 2014

    Love what you did with the Cloud Sky Die! Beautiful Card!

  • Bev Karolak

    February 5, 2014

    Beautiful card! I love the Cloudy Sky die! Thanks for the tips! :)

  • Colleen F

    February 5, 2014

    Beautiful card…love your clouds!!

  • Mary-Anne V.

    February 5, 2014

    Great use of the die for making a stencil and your own pp.

  • Lisa Petrella

    February 5, 2014

    What a cool technique! And I love that sentiment!! So inspiring!

  • bearsmother

    February 5, 2014

    thanks for the discussion on stencils. I want to start using them but haven’t gotten up the courage. I’m going to try your ideas for a start. Love the sparkly clouds. Love the sentiment stamped on the vellum. Great card.

  • Denise Bryant

    February 6, 2014

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those clouds! Great card!

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