Cards Gina K Designs Picket Fence Studios

Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! I am part of an extra amazing blog hop today! My projects today are including products from Gina K Designs, My Sweet Petunia and Picket Fence Studios.


Each company is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store so be sure leave your comments along the way for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on the company’s blogs no later than June 7.


I have a video today sharing how I created this card using products including Life Changing Blender Brushes, the Cut Align and Elegant Asters stamp set . You can view the video down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

For my first card to share, I start out by stamping the butterfly from the Elegant Asters stamp set from Gina K Designs using Amalgam ink. I, of course, used the Misti tool to stamp my image as I rarely stamp without it. I used RV14, Y08 and BG45 to color my butterfly, over lapping the colors so they blend to form new colors and give me a hint of a rainbow.

The background is created by ink blending Soft Stone Ink onto Layering white card stock with the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studio. I’m using the Floral Damask Stencil which is beautiful pattern that I’m using for subtle background to my card.

I’ve been in love with these brushes the moment I touched them. I’m a strong believer in them. They are made from plastic hairs which pick up the ink – not absorb like make up brushes. You can use a variety of inks including Dye based and also Distress Oxides. I’ve used most everything except permanent ink like Versafine or Staz on. These brushes are also easy to clean. You can either wipe off on a scratch sheet of card stock, a rag or rinse with a little soap and water. Just do not apply heat to dry them off! Are they a little more pricey then the cheap set on Amazon? Yes. But in my opinion – totally worth it. I want to support the companies that are out there putting their dreams into motion – not some cheap knock off on Amazon. (my two cents)

I trimmed my ink blended panel down and layered my card front with Black Onyx and Ocean Mist card stock.

Now for my sentiments, I die cut the Wishes from Ocean Mist card stock three times and layered with Connect glue. I added a little bit of ink blending with Turquoise Sea to the bottom half of the die cut word. The word Birthday comes from the Wishes Mini stamp set. I heat embossed in White onto Black card stock and used the Cut Align from My Sweet Petunia to trim out a perfect sentiment strip.

The Cut Align is really quite handy. I don’t have a lot of room on my craft table so if I’m working on a card and need to trim down a sentiment, I can pull out the Cut Align and my craft knife versus hauling out my electronic die cutting machine. You line up one of the guide lines from the Cut Align with the bottom/top of your sentiment and follow the Cut Align guide to trim out. I apply light pressure and go over the cut area multiple times. A trick I found is you can attach you card stock to your craft table with some purple tape and then that way you don’t have to worry about the card stock slipping on you.

WHEW! Lots of useful tips in those paragraphs so I hope you were able to sit down and have a good read.

My next card is using the Peacock Tail stencil from Picket Fence Studio. I lightly ink blended Ocean Mist and Key Lime Ink for a soft background.

I trimmed down my panel and layered my card front with White, Black and Ocean Mist card stock.

The big Hello word die is die cut from Black Onyx card stock. This word die came in the Elegant Asters card kit.

The small summer sentiment is from the Wishes Mini Stamp set. I stamped on white card stock and trimmed down with the Cut Align. This is such a great tool for these small sentiments.

One last touch, is by adding some drops drops around the tops of the peacock feathers with the Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9. I honestly wasn’t going to add anything but I found spot on one of the feathers that I couldn’t get off so I decided to cover it up. This worked out perfectly.

Now that you’ve read my book, be sure to hop along for more inspiration! I hope you enjoyed my cards and tips along the way. Leave a comment on the blog hop to be entered into the giveaways!

You’re next stop on the hop is Stephanie Severin. I also have the complete line up listed below in case you get lost along the way.

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  1. These are pretty! 🙂 Love the rainbow colored butterfly.

  2. Marisela Delgado says:

    Awesome cards

  3. Beautiful creation! I especially love your butterfly & the layout!

    1. Amy Cooley says:

      I love the clean simplicity of your card designs. It really let’s each element shine. The butterfly is my favorite!

  4. Such beautiful cards! Lovely clean designs and fantastic blending.

  5. Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous cards! Love the ink blending and stencil designs!

    1. Patt H. says:

      Love, love, love these beautiful cards! The gorgeous colorful butterfly just blew me away!

  6. DJ Doss says:

    Gorgeous cards. I really love the gray background and the ombré sentiment. Thanks for the video showing how you did that. Very clever.

  7. Christy Malone says:

    Beautiful cards! I’d love to own the Picket Fence blending brushes but they are just out of my price range so for now I’m making do with makeup brushes. I do have the Cut Align ruler though and find it very helpful. 🙂

  8. Beautiful. That gray background really lets the butterfly pop.

  9. Janis Ford says:

    Love both of these!

  10. Margarita Navarro-Rivera says:

    Great cards! Love the colors!

  11. Wow Mindy 🙂 These are terrific cards!!! The butterfly against the white background really pops and the peacock stencil pattern in that door palette is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  12. Nicole Pool says:

    Love these cards! I definitely need that stencil now! Also will be trying the ombré technique on my sentiments! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Cathy Loveless says:

    Beautiful cards! I love that Floral Damask stencil.

  14. mjmarmo says:

    Gorgeous cards! So much inspiration on this hop!

  15. Pat Gasko says:

    Love the cards and great backgrounds.

  16. Such interesting tips from your video. I didn’t notice how big was the butterfly stamp before watching your tutorial.
    Beautiful cards and colour combination.

  17. Laurie Mielke says:

    Beautiful cards! The gray ombré gives it design without being busy.

  18. Della Cluff says:

    I’m loving these stencils. Very pretty.

  19. Kim Potts says:

    Thanks, Mindy. I did enjoy your many tips. Your first card is very elegant. And that spot on your peacock feather turned into adding very pretty Nuvo drops. I love how that turned out.

  20. stinkerbellsteph says:

    Wow, so many beautiful cards! tfs

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