Two Quick & Easy Cards by Jess Francisco

In this tutorial, Jess Francisco shares how to create two cards for the price of one using Simon Hurley create. products.  Use the positive and negative of a stencil to achieve two card backgrounds without using any additional ink!


Simon Hurley create. Cards Step 1

Step 1: To get started, grab a piece of Simon Hurley create. Stark White Cardsock and dye ink pads in Tropical Tango, Sike!, and Guppy. To make ink blending easier, you can use the Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART STAY-tion to hold ‘The Loo’ Stencil in place. Use the Mini Ink Blending Tools and Foam Replacement pads to blend on color, overlapping each color with the one before. This will give you a smooth blended look as you change from one color to the next. Pretty!

Simon Hurley create. Cards Step 2

Step 2: Next, set the ink blended panel to the side and grab the Distress Sprayer. Spritz the stencil a few times from several inches away and then lay a separate piece of Stark White Cardstock on top. Smooth the cardstock gently to ensure good coverage of the ink, and then carefully remove the cardstock from the stencil. This will give you a lighter and almost watercolored look in the pattern of the stencil. Now you have two backgrounds for the price of one and didn’t waste any ink.

\Simon Hurley create. Cards Step 3

Step 3: Grab one of the dog images from the package of Dude Die Cuts. This will be the focus of one of your cards. For the other card, use the bear image from Bestest Friends and the cute bird from Bird Buddies. You can stamp these in black ink with an acrylic block or stamp positioned. Don’t even worry about masking, you can just stamp the bear first and then line up the bird right on top and it will look like the bird is standing on the bear’s arm. Cool! Use your favorite coloring medium to color the images.

Simon Hurley create. Cards Step 4

Step 4: Once your coloring is done, cut out the bear and bird and it’s time to add the sentiments to each of your backgrounds. Use ‘I ruff you’ on the lighter background and ‘you’re one of my favorite peeps’ on the ink-blended background. Black ink works best here so that the sentiments show up nicely on the backgrounds.

Simon Hurley create. Cards Step 5

Step 5: Use the Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere the stamped images to the card front. Finally, attach each of the card panels to an A2-sized card base and you’re done! You’ve got two fun cards in no time.

Jess Francisco Headshot

I’m Jess Francisco from A Card Day’s Work. I live in Virginia Beach with my husband and our sons who are 4 and 2 years old. They keep me busy, so most of my crafting is done while they’re in bed. I have been creating for as long as I can remember, but I started my card making journey in 2015. I have learned so many techniques and added so many new products to my growing list of favorites. Now that I have a few years under my belt, I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with the crafting community! You can find me on social media as @acarddayswork or A Card Day’s Work

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