Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Leading Lady Nicole Picadura | Take Four


As March comes to an end we must sadly bid adieu to our marvelously talented March Leading Lady, Nicole Picadura.  The last four weeks with Nicole have been full of awesome projects and wonderful videos.  Each project and post has been a delight with exceptionally crafted cards so thoughtfully executed and designed.  I feel so incredibly fortunate Nicole shared her talents with us this month!  

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or sensational second performance CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance CLICK HERE.   

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today. 

Hello there! One of the all-time go-to technique I like to use on cards is ink blending. This creates not only a wonderful background to set the tone for your card, but also allows us to get more usage out of any dye inks we already have. Today marks the last day for me to share a project using Winnie & Walter's recent release! I wanted to create something warm but bold, colorful, and a lot of texture in the background. So, ink blending and detailed die cutting were the route I took in creating this card.


One of the best ways to bring new life to your old and new products, in my opinion, is by mixing them up together. For this card, I am using the Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway (old product), Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways (new product), and Sentimental: Love stamp set (new product). You can create a limitless number of cards by mixing up products together! To create this card, I first blended three ink colors on a bristol paper. Quick tip - if you ever had issues with getting a smooth, well-blended ink background on a regular cardstock, check out a bristol paper. You are going to LOVE working with inks on this paper. They blend effortlessly!!


After ink blending, I adhered some double sided tape on the back of it (without peeling off the backing yet) and then ran it through my die cutting machine using the Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway. You get the above results so easily! Then you will want to peel off the adhesive backing and attach the whole die cut piece onto a white cardstock. (You can also attach to the card base directly) I dropped some water on the die cut piece and blotted with a clean tissue to create a bleached look. If you use any water-based dye inks or distress inks, you will be able to get this result right away.


For sentiments/focal points of the card, I used the Typecast: Cary Letters Cutaways multiple times to create a dimensional "YOU" word and stamped one of the greetings from the Sentimental: Love stamp set and heat embossed it in white on a black paper. The strip of the embossed sentiment was attached using some foam dots to create more dimensions on the card. A few clear droplets were a perfect finishing touch to bring everything together. I hope you've been enjoying seeing projects from me every Saturday of this month! If you were inspired and creating something and had fun, that means I did my job correctly! Thank you very much for spending each Saturday with me! Hugs!



  1. Love the pretty texture and colors! Awesome design with the Multifaceted Cutaway!

  2. Beautiful card. I love the colors, blending and the sentiment. Thanks for the tips on how you did it.

  3. Wonderful final project--love it! I only use my Bristol paper for coloring with my Zigs, so now I'm anxious to try it with ink blending--thanks for the tip!

  4. What a great card to end with. The colours and design are beautiful!

  5. Beautiful inking
    and neat stencil.
    Carla from Utah

  6. Gorgeous card, Nicole! Beautiful ink blending and I love your color palette!

  7. Gorgeous background and great design

  8. Beautiful colors and ink blending.

  9. Beautiful card :) I love the ink blended background with the subtle design in it. Stunning!

  10. I love that unique background with such a subtle pattern and gorgeous color!

  11. The colors of your card are so beautiful and it really pops.

  12. OMG!!!! I'm in love for the stunning colors!!! Awesome card!!!

  13. I ADORE these beautiful colors. What a wonderful effect on the background!!
    <3 J

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