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Take Flight 20 – Day 11, Clean, simple, mailable cards

February 14, 2013
Take Flight Twenty Penny Black
Designer Heather Telford has two cards to share today that she created with Penny Black’s new silhouette stamps. The green one is clean and simple, and the orange is a little busier, but still one layer. Read on and get some insight into how she layers stamps and Memento ink to create depth.
I masked the card base with post-it notes and brayered the panel with the lightest green and stamped a few leaves using the new wood mounted stamp Verdant. I then sponged a darker green and again stamped some leaves. I used three greens, Memento New Sprout, Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves. Then I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment from the transparent set, Friendship and some final leaves in Versafine Olympia Green.

I used some of the same techniques to create the orange card but covered the whole card base with colour and splattered masking fluid before each colour application.

I splattered masking fluid on the white card base with a toothbrush and when it was dry sponged and stamped the silhouette stamps from the Slapstick Cling set, Longing, in Memento Dandelion ink.
I splattered another lot of masking fluid before stamping and sponging in Memento Canteloupe and again before adding Memento Tangelo. When I had finished the stamping and sponging in those three colours I positioned a rectangular post-it mask in the centre of the card base and sponged a border in Versafine Habanero Ink, removed the mask and added the final flower flourishes and a sentiment from the transparent set, Love Chapter.

Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

273 Comments leave one →
  1. Janet Castle permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:04 am

    Heather ALWAYS inspires!!! These two cards are simple in design, but oh, sooooooo elegant! Wonderful technique!
    Paper Hugs,

  2. karenladd permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:09 am

    Oh yes, I love seeing simple non-lumpy cards that are easy to mail! Simple doesn’t have to mean boring at all!

  3. annemarks permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:12 am

    Such great cards and very useful techniques, thanks Heather 🙂

  4. cecile53 permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:18 am

    both cards are very beautifull indeed 🙂 Thnx for showing.

  5. February 14, 2013 12:19 am

    Simple but lovely cards.

  6. Diane L. permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:21 am

    I need to try this technique by masking with post-it notes and masking fluid. It looks easy and yet the result is astonishing. Thank you Heather !

  7. February 14, 2013 12:26 am

    je découvre ce blog, c’est tout simplement magnifique de travail et de technique à la portée de tous.

  8. February 14, 2013 12:29 am

    wow, great effects! x

  9. Christine permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:37 am

    just my cup of tea…………………….

  10. February 14, 2013 12:41 am

    I just adore Heather’s techniques and although described as simple, tha design, quality of techniques used, layouts, colours etc are anything but simple! ‘Simple’ cards are harder than complex ones!!!! Gorgeous cards…Loving the orange creation…wowza!

  11. Pamela B. permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:46 am

    Beautiful, stylish cards Heather! I love both of them and look forward to using the new stamps. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. February 14, 2013 1:05 am

    Love these fabulous cards – amazing depth using the colours and masking!!

  13. Mateja permalink
    February 14, 2013 1:18 am

    Such beautiful cards! Thank you for tutorial on these beauties 🙂

  14. February 14, 2013 1:37 am

    Love the pretty results achieved by applying the gradient layers, Heather!

  15. February 14, 2013 1:48 am

    Gorgeous cards as I am used to of Heather!Beautiful.
    I am in love with that Verdant stamp……

  16. Sue Bridges permalink
    February 14, 2013 2:01 am

    Great cards!

  17. February 14, 2013 2:02 am

    Ces cartes sont superbes !!! J’aime tout ce que fait Heather !
    Merci pour les tutos.

  18. February 14, 2013 2:09 am

    Beautifully accomplished, Heather – as ever! Love this and the ease with which you do it. Lovely images xxx

  19. February 14, 2013 2:21 am

    Heather always makes the most amazingly beautiful cards. She elevates a simple stamp into something more like a piece of art! Love both of these!

  20. February 14, 2013 2:34 am

    I absolutely love that first one & the monochrome classiness of it. The second is intriguing with the way you made the border – thank you for the detailed photos, so helpful.
    I continue to be amazed by the variety of styles that PB caters for with the stamp designs.
    Paula (PEP)

  21. February 14, 2013 2:52 am

    I love Your cards 🙂

  22. February 14, 2013 2:57 am

    Love the cards! These techniques are the ones I use so often and the give great affect with the beautiful nature stamps!

  23. Debbie S permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:02 am

    Both of these cards are gorgeous! I love Heather’s creations.

  24. February 14, 2013 3:08 am

    WOW! Clean and Simple you say and yet these Cards Certainly appear Far from That. I am so Sorry if this sound like a Stupid Question, but What is Masking Fluid? Beautiful Cards I will just HAVE to Win so that I can try all these Beautiful Cards we’ve been seeing.
    Kind Regards,

    • February 14, 2013 6:29 am

      Hi Beverley,
      Masking fluid is a sticky liquid that dries rubbery so that you can peel or rub it off when you are finished. It is commonly used by watercolour artists to mask white spaces on their paintings. You can find it in art supply stores in the painting section.

  25. Linda Page permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:14 am

    I like making cards with multiple layers but being able to make a stunning card like these in just a few minutes comes in handy for when I need a card quickly. Great techniques.

  26. StamperSharon permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:27 am

    Wonderful technique and beautiful cards!

    Sharon Harnist

  27. Ashley permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:30 am

    So pretty! I especially love the warm I Love You card!

  28. February 14, 2013 3:31 am

    love the simplicity of the card for that quick to make project.

  29. Maria Geary permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:40 am

    Beautiful! I have got to get masking fluid. It’s so versatile.

  30. Dianne C permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:45 am

    Both cards are stunning but I really love the depth of the second card. Great work Heather as always. Will give this a try for sure.

  31. Michel Espey permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:56 am

    Love both cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  32. Sue D permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:56 am

    Very cool inking and stamping techniques!!

  33. Christine W permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:58 am

    Very nice cards! I have never heard of masking fluid.

  34. Annelies B permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:17 am

    This proofs again: less is more!!! I really love these!

  35. Kailash permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:32 am

    Love these cards. The simplicity is just fabulous. Heather is the queen of one layer beauties like her gorgeous creations today!!

  36. Connie permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:38 am

    Very pretty. I love the simplicity of it. Great idea when you need a quick and easy card.

  37. Tami B permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:44 am

    My favorite kind of cards. Nice job!

  38. Chris permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:47 am

    Ok, this might be my new favourite….great ideas.
    Thanks for sharing all these lovely cards.

  39. glowest permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:49 am

    WOW, what beautiful cards. I have to make a birthday card this weekend. think i will try this technique. thank you

  40. February 14, 2013 4:49 am

    Easy to make, easy to mail–and beautiful, too!

  41. Terri (blindstamper) permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:54 am

    I love Heather’s style.

  42. February 14, 2013 4:55 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the simple style with the colors that are so rich and beautiful. Love the Longing stamp set.

  43. Linda Carpenter permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:57 am

    Mailable! That’s great and so pretty! Not so sure I’d call it simple though! Very nice!

  44. goosie permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:05 am

    I have seen cards like this but never could figure out how to do it. THANK YOU a million times for a great how-to —–definitely a must for my next project! Thanks for a chance to win.

  45. Susie permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:10 am

    A mailable card…it’s surely mailable but beautiful, elegant and stunning..if I opened the mailbox to this card I would be impressed..thanks for simplified instructions!

  46. February 14, 2013 5:10 am

    Everytime I see cards from Heather I am impressed by the simple lines and elegance of them. I need to get my sponging techniques up to scratch!

  47. Raven57 permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:12 am

    Beautiful, beautiful…No words can describe this card..thanks for another Penny Black wonder!

  48. Mary W P permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:16 am

    Thank you for sharing these Heather! I love them both. Seeing the masking fluid technique on your blog a while ago; I’ve been having some fun playing with it myself! It’s quite addicting!!

  49. fairydust permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:16 am

    I am headed out for more sponges and a bigger variety of stamp pads ..this looks like so much fun…and I also will need masking fluid…with your tutorials I am always learning something new! Thank you!

  50. snowedin permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:19 am

    Your stamps are super…your artists phenomenal…all who share and love Penny Black…thanks for all you do…..eternally grateful! Thanks for a chance to win.

  51. Michelle Johnson permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:19 am

    These cards are absolutely beautiful. I love both of them. I would love to try this technique. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  52. Pat Mellinger permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:34 am

    I have used these techniques before but was happy to be reminded of them because they are so much fun. I loved the colors Heather used and my favorite stamps always have ferns and leaves on them.

  53. Irene Edmonds permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:37 am

    I love the simplicity of the cards….the bright colors give life to the cards….
    This would be fun to do

  54. Mary-Anne V. permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:39 am

    Very pretty cards…love how you masked the first and stamped in different shades of green. Thank you for the wonderful pictures of each card.

  55. February 14, 2013 5:39 am

    Gorgeous card and magical effects, love it
    Lindsay xx

  56. Sandra ltb permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:40 am

    Sandra ltb

  57. Jen Treadway permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:48 am

    Silhouette stamps are my absolute favorite kind to you. Can’t wait to try this with them.

  58. February 14, 2013 5:58 am

    I just love Heather’s one layer cards. I’m constantly amazed at the debth she creates with stamping, sponging and masking.

  59. Terri Colognesi permalink
    February 14, 2013 6:08 am

    I need to make notecards for a fundraiser and these are wonderful techniques – so beautiful – will be ordering the stamps!

  60. February 14, 2013 6:09 am

    I love Heather’s style – you can spot her cards a mile away! These are fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  61. Linda p permalink
    February 14, 2013 6:12 am

    Love CAS and these are beautiful …wish I liked mine, but in my hands they look sad (:
    Will be copying your first one for sure!

  62. February 14, 2013 6:13 am

    Heather, your cards are amazing, as usual. I follow you and love your work. Thanks for the inspiration. I love silhouette images because they can be used for so many occasions. Thanks for sharing.

  63. Daphney Barrett permalink
    February 14, 2013 6:15 am

    Both cards are simply beautiful! Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing.

  64. February 14, 2013 6:16 am


    Very beautiful! So difficult at times to not over-do a card – this is lovely! Wishing you a happy Valentines Day!


    Barbara Diane

  65. February 14, 2013 6:31 am

    Both the cards are so pretty.. Love the colors on them..

  66. diana permalink
    February 14, 2013 6:35 am

    Lovely cards! Thanks for this technique tutorial. 😉

  67. Sue McKenzie permalink
    February 14, 2013 6:42 am

    I love this technique. Very beautiful cards.

  68. February 14, 2013 6:46 am

    Heather AWESOME inspiration!!! These two cards are simple in design, but oh, sooooooo elegant! Wonderful technique! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)

  69. February 14, 2013 6:48 am

    Lovely technique …thanks so much for sharing!

  70. February 14, 2013 6:51 am

    Awesome cards! I’ve been playing with this technique and love it! These stamps are perfect!

  71. Penny Reed permalink
    February 14, 2013 6:57 am

    This 20 days is an inspirational idea and I am loving it! I am a big fan of Heather’s style! TFS!

  72. Evelyn A J permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:02 am

    Always love nature inspired cards and the shading and masking are great

  73. Susan permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:06 am

    This is so pretty! Thank you for the tutorial!

  74. Carol Jones permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:06 am

    Heather’s designs are always so beautiful and creative. Thanks so much for sharing!

  75. February 14, 2013 7:11 am

    love them both especially the layering of colors, beautiful

  76. Lisa J permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:15 am

    Never get tired of looking at Heather’s creations! They SO inspire me!

  77. Debbie Evans permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:20 am

    Love the subtle shading.

  78. calamityjane permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:27 am

    These cards are both so beautiful! I always appreciate the step-by-steps to see how it came about!

  79. Cindy Daversa permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:28 am

    Two great techniques that give stunning results! Love them!

  80. February 14, 2013 7:33 am

    These cards are just terrific. When it comes to using inks like this I am clueless, so it’s fascinating to see how you’ve achieved those effects.

  81. February 14, 2013 7:38 am

    Such pretty cards and a nice explanation of the technique.

  82. Miriam Prantner permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:40 am

    Great cards! I love the masking in that first one and the lines of the vines!

  83. February 14, 2013 7:42 am


  84. February 14, 2013 7:46 am

    I love these cards and the stamping technique, so inspiring.

  85. February 14, 2013 7:51 am

    Beautiful cards!!! Love the techniques. 🙂

  86. judka permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:51 am

    These one layer cards have so much depth due to the inking and masking techniques used!! I learn something every time I click onto the Penny Black Blog!! Beautiful work!1

  87. Marie Butler permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:59 am

    Great technique! Can’t wait to try it!!

  88. February 14, 2013 8:04 am

    Heather makes the most beautiful cards, even though they are one layer so much work goes into them x

  89. NinaN permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:04 am

    Gorgeous cards!

  90. Terri permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:10 am

    I have never heard of masking fluid until today I love the effect it gives 🙂 Great Cards!!!!

  91. Anita B in Oregon permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:10 am

    Clean and simple…….my favorite cards! Having paid an extra 66 cents to mail a Valentine with ribbon yesterday, I can really appreciate a flat, but totally stunning card design!

  92. april foss permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:17 am

    Love clean and simple cards!

  93. February 14, 2013 8:18 am

    Absolutely love these cards!! I am always looking for clean, simple and mailable card ideas. Never heard of masking fluid….will have to check it out. Thanks for the detailled explanation and photos.

  94. Donna Sicafuse permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:18 am

    I love the way you make it look so simple to make and come out with a masterpiece. Looks so nice for 1 layer. Keep up the great work!

  95. Karenajo permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:25 am

    Love Heather’s work and love the stamps she chose for these cards ! Thanks for sharing !

  96. February 14, 2013 8:26 am

    Wow, beautiful! Especially love how the final leaves on the green one break the borders of the sponged panel.

  97. Judy permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:28 am

    I love the techniques on these beautiful cards! Heather has inspired me to use masking and it has become one of my favorite techniques.

  98. February 14, 2013 8:33 am

    Beautiful cards and love your distressing, Heather! Thank you the great inspirations!

  99. Debby J permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:39 am

    Love the cards!!

  100. frogquilter permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:41 am

    Love seeing the step by step to create such a beautiful card….thank you

  101. Shannon permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:46 am

    Love how layering of colour and masking techniques creates gorgeous cards!

  102. cheri permalink
    February 14, 2013 8:56 am

    Heather is, unbeknownst to her, one of my cardmaking mentors. I truly appreciate everything I have learned from her and always check her blog site for inspiration and just pure joy in looking at what she has created. Thank you Heather!

  103. pam h in oregon permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:05 am

    Have not heard of masking fluid. Will need to try it out.

  104. Katen permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:06 am

    Beautiful cards. I’m so glad to see someone make “mailable” cards. It’s so hard to mail some of my cards, as I feel I have to embellish them, but using a few techinques and layers these are perfect. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  105. February 14, 2013 9:09 am

    Heather’s cards so ROCK. I am a devoted fan of her work. Beautiful stamp imagery used in these cards too!

  106. Deb permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:12 am

    Nice work! Thanks for the ideas.

  107. Jayne K permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:13 am

    The way Heather uses her stamps always makes me want them. These are wonderful cards using wonderful stamps.

  108. February 14, 2013 9:26 am

    This is a wonderful and easy way to create a stunning card.

  109. Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:27 am

    Wow…These are so pretty. I love how you did these. Wonderful job.

  110. mildredmildew permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:29 am

    The Verdant stamp with the green on green stamping is very elegant. Thank you Heather for the inspiration.

  111. February 14, 2013 9:32 am

    Gorgeous cards! I always love Heather’s cards. Great tutorial.

  112. Deb H. permalink
    February 14, 2013 9:44 am

    Another great tecinque. I never thought of using masking fuild to splatter on my cards.

  113. February 14, 2013 9:44 am

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing the tutorial! Looking forward to trying it out. Gorgeous stamp set too!

  114. February 14, 2013 9:46 am

    Thank you for the inspirating tutorial and Happy Valentines day to everybody at Penny Black 🙂

  115. February 14, 2013 10:09 am

    Those cards look amazing. Simple but beautiful ideas. 🙂

  116. Jan permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:12 am

    Ferns are one of my favorite images, so I really like that card. Having said that, I like the yellow/orange one as well. Another job well done.

  117. bethann d permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:18 am

    i love the technique and the fact that they could be used for male or female, so unusual

  118. Stephanie W. permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:31 am

    What pretty ink layering techniques! More ideas for me to use my brayer. 🙂 Excited to try the green card, love the stamp!

  119. NancyW permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:32 am

    Amazing what she does with masking and layers….. beautiful.

  120. Janet permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:35 am

    I am inspired to make an orange card! The shading and inking are gorgeous and I love the fern stamp. Thanks!

  121. February 14, 2013 10:35 am

    Another gorgeous project, love the step-by-step!

  122. Maxine permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:36 am

    You make things look so easy with a beautiful finish. Thanx for sharing!!

  123. Kathy Browns permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:41 am

    Your style is one of my favorites! Impressive each and every time!

  124. February 14, 2013 10:42 am

    These are simply wonderful! That orange one is to die for! I really must try that masking fluid.

  125. February 14, 2013 10:43 am

    The instructional tutorials are wonderful and so appreciated. Thank you!

  126. ChrisM permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:44 am

    Both cards are great although that orange one is one I would like to try.

  127. February 14, 2013 10:48 am

    Guess I will be looking at my simple stamps a bit different… I just love how a simple stamp can really make such a beautiful cards! Tks for the inspiration.

  128. Tess permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:51 am

    Wow! Fab 🙂

  129. February 14, 2013 10:53 am

    Oooh! I love both of these cards! I think my favorite is the orange one, but the green one is nice and serene. Great stamps and technique!

  130. Kathy T permalink
    February 14, 2013 10:59 am

    Love both cards. My favorite is the green. Thanks for the tutorials for both cards.

  131. swldebbie permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:02 am

    Beautiful as always, Heather. I especially like the green one.

  132. Paula Fuller permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:08 am

    Both of the cards are lovely, but my favorite one is the green. It has such a peaceful feel to it. I can see making a set of cards with that look. Great tutorial.

  133. Andrea permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:15 am

    Just stunning!!!!!! I love the color combinations and the BP stamps!

  134. Lynn (toomanycrayons) permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:20 am

    I do like to mail cards too, so its great to see pretty techniques for smoother mailing 🙂

  135. Cathy permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:28 am

    Simple and BEAUTIFUL!

  136. Donna Jones permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:29 am

    Two stunning creations, I feel the green CAS card just pips it 🙂

  137. barbara lassiter permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:35 am

    Both of these are lovely and would be fun to create.

  138. caroline king permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:36 am

    sometimes it is always to go back to “simple” these samples show that it can be done and still look wonderful. I sometimes over do it with layers, when going simple would work just as well.

  139. Jinglesmom permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:40 am

    Beautiful cards in my favorite style, clean and simple!

  140. Shelley permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:09 pm

    Great cards today!

  141. February 14, 2013 12:15 pm

    Heather is such a wonderful inspiration. These are beautiful cards.

  142. February 14, 2013 12:17 pm

    Oh wow, I really like these cards – very elegant.

  143. Linda Tupper permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:28 pm

    Two beautiful cards. Very nice.

  144. Jan Westcott from Oz permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:47 pm

    Great tutorial, love the cards.

  145. Charo Munoz permalink
    February 14, 2013 1:03 pm

    really good cards!!!

  146. Ruby permalink
    February 14, 2013 1:11 pm

    Super effect, thanks for explaining that so well, beautiful! Ruby x

  147. shartl permalink
    February 14, 2013 1:23 pm

    These are so pretty and I love this technique! Thanks for the tutorial!

  148. February 14, 2013 1:27 pm

    These are just beautiful and I love the technique that was used. Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us!

  149. Karin Karlsson permalink
    February 14, 2013 1:29 pm

    So cute!

  150. Michele permalink
    February 14, 2013 1:46 pm

    Very nice, we are familiar with the winter scenes by Heather but it’s nice to see something with a hint of Spring with the lighter colors. Will certainly try this with a different perspective now. Great cards! Thanks for sharing.

  151. pattisj permalink
    February 14, 2013 2:28 pm

    Heather does a great job of getting the most out of one layer.

  152. Barbara Thomassen permalink
    February 14, 2013 2:36 pm

    Wow! I really love your work and you explain things so perfectly. You truly inspire me and I adore all the stamps. Thanks for sharing.

  153. February 14, 2013 3:12 pm

    Such great depth in a one layer card is incredible, gorgeous creations!

  154. February 14, 2013 3:21 pm

    Neat technique.

  155. February 14, 2013 3:22 pm

    Pretty cards. Thanks for the instructions.
    Carla from Utah

  156. February 14, 2013 3:50 pm

    Love masking, inking and silhouettes. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration. I def. have to try this.

  157. Darlene Satkewich permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:52 pm

    Heather your cards are fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial…I’ve been learning so much from you.

  158. Joan Van Leeuwen permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:01 pm

    Wonderful techniques. Thanks for sharing

  159. kim k permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:11 pm

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your great talent.

  160. Janet Sisk permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:17 pm

    I really am getting into the CAS style cards. Thanks for the inspiration. 😀

  161. Denise Bryant permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:29 pm

    Delightful cards! I’m a big fan of Heather’s!

  162. sunflower sue permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:32 pm

    Love these cards. I especially love orange so the orange card is real special.. Can’t wait to try these techniques out. 🙂

  163. Tanja S. permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:41 pm

    Beautiful cards Heather – you always make interesting and artistic cards.

  164. February 14, 2013 5:24 pm

    Stunning creations! I love all of Heather’s work.

  165. Diane permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:29 pm

    Your cards are beautiful. Love the techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  166. February 14, 2013 5:37 pm

    beautiful! Thank you for the step by step photos!

  167. Deborah permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:41 pm

    Really love the second card! I would have never thought to use masking fluid like that. Thanks for the inspiration.

  168. Sharon Rogers permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:45 pm

    Love the colours and technique used, the depth of colour you achieved is brilliant. A really stunning creation, would love to receive a beautiful card like this.

  169. February 14, 2013 5:58 pm

    Love Heather’s cards! Her one layer cards are a wonder to behold!

  170. jmhave44 permalink
    February 14, 2013 5:59 pm

    As always, Heather has stunning cards. Love both techniques, and these stamps lend to a great deal of versatility. Thanks for the tutorials too. Love both cards. Gorgeous, and wouldn’t cost a fortune in postage. Would be lovely to win, but thanks for the chance to see these new stamps demo’d so effectively.

  171. Jennyfer permalink
    February 14, 2013 6:27 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorials and tips. The CAS really do pop out with these simple techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  172. February 14, 2013 6:29 pm

    Both cards are clean and simple perfection!

  173. Patty Pearson permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:11 pm

    I love the green card. I don’t do much masking and I have to start because it is a beautiful look. Thanks for sharing!

  174. February 14, 2013 7:20 pm

    The green card is very classy & pretty. I never think to try masking…..I don’t know why, when you can achieve such pretty affects with the stamping that way!

  175. Reba J permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:23 pm

    Great application,I haven’t tried the fluid but looks pretty simple.Love it.

  176. Diana F permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:26 pm

    The cards are beautiful. I especially love the Longing and Verdant stamps.

  177. February 14, 2013 7:27 pm

    The design and technique makes such pretty cards. I love silhouette stamps.

  178. Carol B permalink
    February 14, 2013 7:42 pm

    Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing the idea!

    Carol B

  179. February 14, 2013 8:02 pm

    Stunning! Love the way the leaves come over the masked area!

  180. February 14, 2013 8:46 pm

    Oh my goodness–gorgeous creations! Thanks so much for sharing the instructions!

  181. February 14, 2013 9:46 pm

    awesome inspiration. thanks for sharing…

  182. February 14, 2013 10:00 pm

    Oh this is my two favorite cards yet! I adore leaves anyway and you have come up with GORGEOUS cards!

  183. Vicky permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:12 pm

    Beautiful – I learn so much from Heather…:) Thank you!

  184. Clelie permalink
    February 14, 2013 11:39 pm

    “Simply” Elegant!!!

  185. Lura permalink
    February 15, 2013 12:18 am

    Love these cards – hope to do something similar and thanks for the great inspiration!

  186. Elan Jane permalink
    February 15, 2013 1:19 am

    Just one question. What is masking fluid. Love these cards. Especially the Owl on vellum.

    • February 15, 2013 4:27 am

      Hi Elan Jane,
      Masking fluid is a sticky liquid that dries rubbery so that you can peel or rub it off when you are finished. It is commonly used by watercolour artists to mask white spaces on their paintings. You can find it in art supply stores in the painting section.

  187. February 15, 2013 1:30 am

    The cards are beautiful!!!!

  188. February 15, 2013 2:33 am

    Oh that owl is so cute !! Love those cards !! Greetings Enny

  189. February 15, 2013 2:35 am

    oops, wrong comment about the owl ! These cards are so beautiful and elegant ! Greetings Enny

  190. February 15, 2013 3:15 am

    gorgeous – one layer cards are so hard for me – but you made it look so easy thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

  191. February 15, 2013 6:23 am

    Beautiful card and technique!

  192. skrappergirl permalink
    February 15, 2013 7:08 am

    Gorgeous cards and technique. That orange one has me swooning! 🙂

  193. February 15, 2013 8:10 am

    Gorgeous cards!

  194. Kathy P permalink
    February 15, 2013 8:50 am

    Wow, I have never seen this technique before, Heather! It is beautiful! I must try it…bookmarking this page!!!

  195. February 15, 2013 9:28 am

    I love this technique. It is so effective in making a xlean and simple card, yet very crative at the same time.

  196. February 15, 2013 9:56 am

    Great technique!

  197. Pat permalink
    February 15, 2013 10:26 am

    Heather — your cards are always simple but elegant and beautiful. You never cease to inspire me. Thanks so much

  198. nenz305 permalink
    February 15, 2013 10:37 am

    Love these cards. Great techniques. Thanks for the chance to win

  199. Karin Karlsson permalink
    February 15, 2013 11:34 am


  200. Karin Karlsson permalink
    February 15, 2013 11:35 am

    Such lovely colours!

  201. KatieP permalink
    February 15, 2013 11:57 am

    WOW, two works of art.

  202. cathy permalink
    February 15, 2013 2:21 pm

    Beautiful cards Heather! I love your designs>

  203. February 15, 2013 2:47 pm

    Gorgeous cards and wonderful stamps – I love Heather’s work xx

  204. Cynthia permalink
    February 15, 2013 3:09 pm

    Heather, I always look forward to seeing what you have created and have used you as my inspiration. Thank you for being my muse.

  205. February 15, 2013 4:58 pm

    Love your stamps and coloring. Beautiful!

  206. Carrie C permalink
    February 15, 2013 6:04 pm

    Wonderful cards as always. Thanks for the helpful stepped out directions.

  207. Pai permalink
    February 15, 2013 8:23 pm

    heather’s cards are always amazing!

  208. February 15, 2013 10:53 pm

    Both cards are gorgeous! TFS .

  209. February 15, 2013 10:56 pm

    Such pretty cards!

  210. Natalie Papp permalink
    February 16, 2013 4:35 am

    Beautiful cards! I never thought to use masking fluid this way!

  211. February 16, 2013 4:45 am

    AWESOME way to use inks, I must make a mental note of this! LOVE these cards and I’m always trying to find new ways to mask 🙂

  212. February 16, 2013 5:20 am

    A huge thank to Heather for sharing her fantastic techniques ! I love all of your cards and these are gorgeous !

  213. Emily permalink
    February 16, 2013 6:16 am

    Pretty card I love how it was done.

  214. February 16, 2013 8:15 am

    i love creating cards that are mailable! TFS!

  215. Patti permalink
    February 16, 2013 8:22 am


  216. stamplover2011 permalink
    February 16, 2013 8:22 am

    I just LOVE your cards! You do such an awesome job! When I need a pick me up, I always head to your blog! Thanks for all the inspiration and beauty!

  217. February 16, 2013 8:47 am

    Wow – these are stunning – fabulous inking!
    Helen x

  218. Colleen permalink
    February 16, 2013 9:04 am

    Heather as usual you nailed it Fabulous colours my fellow canadian

  219. Tish Rowe permalink
    February 16, 2013 10:18 am

    I love these ideas. Thank you all so much for sharing and getting us excited about these stamps.

  220. February 16, 2013 11:03 am

    Love that splatter effect – have to go check out what Masking Fluid is…

  221. February 16, 2013 11:44 am

    Loved learning the layered technique for stamping…so cool! Thanks for sharing!

  222. toni permalink
    February 16, 2013 1:23 pm

    That orange one has a very dreamy aspect. i will have to try it! Thanks.

  223. Jill Sharp permalink
    February 16, 2013 1:57 pm

    Your cards are simply beautiful.

  224. February 16, 2013 4:12 pm

    Lovely cards! Fun to see how you’ve done them 🙂

  225. Maeghan permalink
    February 16, 2013 6:51 pm

    Love these cards! They’re easy to mail but still have tons of dimension!!!

  226. Nichol permalink
    February 17, 2013 12:21 am

    That orange card I’d beautiful

  227. Linda Thornton permalink
    February 17, 2013 7:01 am

    I always love Heather’s cards. She’s amazing at what she can do with ink on a one layer card. This catalog has some wonderful stamps.

  228. Lori Schwaderer permalink
    February 17, 2013 10:01 am

    What a wonderful technique. I’ve learner so much from this blog.

  229. kara permalink
    February 17, 2013 10:01 am

    I love this technique – this is my favourite one so far! 🙂

  230. February 17, 2013 2:55 pm

    Beautiful cards & great stamping 🙂

  231. Michele permalink
    February 17, 2013 3:23 pm

    Nice cards with interesting technique!

  232. jenscull permalink
    February 17, 2013 5:25 pm

    love the masking on the leaf card…. gorgeous! 🙂

  233. February 17, 2013 8:03 pm

    How gorgeous! Love the tone on tone look!

  234. Sonia W. permalink
    February 18, 2013 5:04 am

    Gorgeous cards.Great layered technique.

  235. wendymc permalink
    February 18, 2013 6:35 am

    Stunning – I love how clean these look, without looking too sparse!

  236. Angie Hall permalink
    February 18, 2013 7:33 am

    Such pretty cards. Love all your masking techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  237. Emily H permalink
    February 18, 2013 8:22 am

    Masking is so cool!

  238. Flo permalink
    February 18, 2013 9:46 am

    Very pretty results. Both of your cards are great. Thanks for the tutorials.

  239. February 18, 2013 12:22 pm

    Very inspirating tutorial, thank you! I love the tone-on-tone look.

  240. February 18, 2013 8:08 pm

    Very beautiful cards! Love the stamps you used!

  241. yogiemp permalink
    February 19, 2013 11:15 am

    love the fern image and making it a CAS card is beautiful. Have a great day

  242. Michelle Allen permalink
    February 19, 2013 2:38 pm

    This is a great idea so that I can finally use that bottle of masking fluid. Thanks for sharing.

  243. Katie K permalink
    February 19, 2013 4:39 pm

    Gorgeous cards!!!

  244. Vidette Benn permalink
    February 19, 2013 6:31 pm

    I like the techniques & colors used. The stamps are pretty too.

  245. Lori Morton permalink
    February 19, 2013 6:55 pm

    Awesome cards!!!! Wow!!!

  246. LaRue Martinez permalink
    February 19, 2013 7:07 pm

    Once again a new and exciting technique to try.

  247. Joan H. permalink
    February 19, 2013 9:55 pm

    Oh yes! Nice! Beautiful!

  248. Francesca permalink
    February 20, 2013 1:43 am

    Love, love, love all your cards, they are simply chic and beautiful. I so enjoy seeing your wonderful creations.

  249. Deb R permalink
    February 20, 2013 5:40 am

    these are very beautiful cards. love the orange never think to use that color

  250. February 20, 2013 7:20 am

    Amazing! I just love this CAS style but I would never have thought to do this! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  251. Donna Sue permalink
    February 20, 2013 6:34 pm

    Orange is the new color this season!

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  253. February 20, 2013 10:51 pm

    These cards are awesome…

  254. Katie B. permalink
    February 21, 2013 12:27 am

    Awesome cards! Thank you for giving us a little tutorial again. I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  255. Caz permalink
    February 21, 2013 6:00 am

    I love these cards and this technique. The fern card is so beautiful.

  256. Susan permalink
    February 21, 2013 12:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing your techniques and instructions for these cards Heather. Love the masking technique.

  257. February 21, 2013 4:50 pm

    I love CAS and these cards are just beautiful!

  258. Pam permalink
    February 22, 2013 4:24 am

    This may be a one layer card, but it makes me want to reach in and touch one of those soft leaves. Lovely.

  259. Teresa Igo permalink
    February 22, 2013 4:51 am

    love this technique, wil be trying it, beautiful cards!

  260. Charo Munoz permalink
    February 23, 2013 2:53 am

    How many techniques and such little time! However, this is a must try as the results are so elegant and beautiful!

  261. Gill permalink
    February 23, 2013 8:05 am

    Such a generous prize

  262. February 23, 2013 8:26 am

    Totally in love with this project’s color palette ^_^ Is there any Penny Black antique writing stamp that I can use as a background???

  263. Joanne permalink
    February 23, 2013 2:10 pm

    Heather’s artistry is always inspiring and I *love* and appreciate that she shares her techniques. Lovely card!

  264. Gretchen permalink
    February 23, 2013 4:22 pm

    Really like these cards.

  265. SherylH permalink
    February 23, 2013 5:06 pm

    I have a hard time making one-layer cards but these are fabulous — particularly the green with the leaves.

  266. Peggy Wood permalink
    February 23, 2013 5:57 pm

    great color combos adds depth without bulk

  267. February 23, 2013 7:29 pm

    Love the look, so pretty

  268. Carole RB permalink
    February 24, 2013 1:11 pm

    Very beautiful cards

  269. Aundria B. permalink
    February 24, 2013 2:29 pm

    I always love your cards, Heather – they’re always so full of amazing hues of color and beautiful contrasts of white. Thank you for sharing these beauties!

  270. Ellen permalink
    February 27, 2013 4:09 am

    Simple but lovely card, it was a fabulous depth using masking and color

  271. Sarah permalink
    March 14, 2013 3:06 pm

    Thank you so much – these ideas are amazing! Very inspiring.

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