Miss Ink Stamps – Grab Life by the Beans

Hi again! I have another fun card featuring a Miss Ink Stamps set called Java Joe today. I think this set is really fun and cool that you don’t always have to use all of the images included. You can fill a scene or keep things simple and they all look great.

To be totally honest, this card did not turn out how I had planned but I love it and it all worked out in the end. I started by stamping the store and brick images in VersaMark ink on a kraft cardstock panel. Then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I inked up the edges with fired brick distress oxide ink and hated it. Lol. It just didn’t look like I wanted it to. So I kept going with the fired brick and then took ground espresso distress oxide ink over the storefront image and I started to like it. I spritzed it with water and set it with my heat gun.

I stamped the image of the girl at the table from Java Joe and colored her with my copics, then I fussy cut her out and laid the image on my panel. Again…hated it. She was so bright and stuck out so I took tea dye distress ink and went over the whole image. Now we’re going places! I popped her up with foam squares and moved on to the sentiment. I thought that I would stamp and attach a banner at first but, again, things were not cooperating. So I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment on a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the edge of the panel, attaching it with washi tape. I used liquid glue to attach the panel to a card base and, voila, card finished.

All in all, I think everything worked out pretty well and I really like this card. One thing I forgot to mention…when you’re done blending ink over heat embossed areas, wipe it off with a dry cloth so your heat embossing shows through again. I did this a few times to really get the ink off.

What do you think of today’s card? Have you ever had a card that fought you through the whole process? I feel like it has to happen to someone other than me too.

Anyway, I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

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