Hi everyone,
I am back this week with another tutorial for you
to enjoy and to maybe give a try.

For this card we are using the power of Black and White
to bring a card to life.

There is just something about Lemon and Lime that screams out “Happy”.
I think we all need a little ‘Happy’ in our lives.
Notice that there are white spaces in the background?
The main image is also black and white.

Here are the step x step instructions for making this card.

Step 1:  Stamp the image, Thick and Thin Men, onto your card. 
Then stamp it onto some photo copy paper and cut it out to use as a mask.
Remember to cut approx 2 mm inside the image edge.

Step 2:  Mask your image.
Using a sponge, sweep out some distress oxides, creating sun rays.
I’ve used Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron on mine
but you can use any colour combo you like.
It looks better when you don’t take the colour all the way to the edge.
Too much colour and you lose the look of rays.
I’ve used Oxides because they have a smooth coverage when used this way.

Step 3:  Use a Bubble stencil to add extra detail with a matching colour.
  This helps to ‘ground’ the image to the edges and adds a little extra interest.

Step 4:  Use a text stamp to randomly stamp some words here and there.
Random is the key to this step.
Again, this helps ground the image and to extend the image to the edge. 
It also adds another layer which is always a good thing.

Step 5:  I’ve added some black archival ink through a TCW stencil called ‘Mini Tile Texture’ to bring in another layer. 
When you add layer upon layer is heaps of fun and creates depth.
This step of adding some black brings the whole card together nicely.
You could also use paint if you wish.

Step 6:  Randomly stamp the border of the Grunge Tree in a few spots around the edge. 
This stamp has a lovely grungy border which comes in handy for a wide range of things.
No more than a cm in from the edge, it is only a frame after all.
There is no need to re-ink your stamp between uses.
The grungier the better for that vintage look.

Step 7:  Finish off your card by mounting it onto matching lemon, lime and black cardstock.
Or in whatever colours you have used to make the rays with.
And please don’t forget to remove the mask.

The Main Stamps Used Were:

Stencils Used Were:

Happy Stamping!
Dot x