Hello, Friends! I am back in my craft room for the first time in awhile, and I need some good vibes to get my mojo back! What better way to do that than with this die set from Simon Says Stamp?


Simon Says Stamp – Good Vibes Die  

Craft Consortium – Brick Textures Paper Pad

 MFT – Watercolor Wash Rectangle Stencil

Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Inks

Spellbinders – Platinum 6

Bearly Art Glue

Making the Card

This card was inspired by a new paper pad that I just recently purchased. I love all the grungy goodness of the different brick textures. This black brick background is what gave me the idea of trying to mimic some graffiti. I took the Watercolor Wash stencil and blended a rainbow blend of Distress Oxides over the black brick. I used Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, and Salvaged Patina. Because the oxides have pigment in them, the colors show up on the dark background, but you can also still see the brick texture. I let the ink dry for quite awhile. You can definitely heat set it, but I had other things to do anyway (like a week’s worth of laundry that didn’t get done while I was out of town).

Once the ink was dry, I cut the “Good Vibes” out of the center of the inked portion of the background. I also cut it from white card stock and mounted the inked words on top so that I could create a bit of a shadow. I then glued that onto the actual shadow, which I had cut from black card stock. I also mounted that onto a white shadow, again trying to create more of a shadow effect like you’d see in real graffiti. I mounted the words back into the center of the inked portion, lining it up with where the original words had been cut out.

I felt like the inked portion of my brick wall wasn’t standing out enough, so I made the risky decision to outline it in black marker. I then went around the inside of that black outline with a white paint pen. I also splattered the entire thing with some watered down paints in black and white. For a final touch, I inked up the edges of the background with some black ink. I then mounted the background onto a black card base. This is a larger card than I usually make, but I didn’t want to cut off too much of that black brick. The card base measures 6.25″x5″.

That’s it for this card. Let’s hope it brings me the crafty vibes that I need! I hope it brings a smile to your face. Thank you so much for visiting today.

Wishing you all a crafty day,


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