Inhale Confidence; Exhale Worry

Welcome to a new week, stamping friend! I hope that your weekend was a good one. Did you enjoy our Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog Hop over the weekend? If you missed it – please check it out HERE. This will open in a new window, so you can take the Hop after you read this post. It was a very special Hop, to help raise funds to Stamp Out Cancer (see what we did there?!). We don’t have the final numbers yet, but Scrap ‘N Stamp  is donating 10% of all sales from this past weekend (June 8th and 9th) to the Cancer foundation. How awesome is that?!  As soon as we get an update, I’ll share it with  you.  In the meantime, I’m back to share 2 more cards made using the same stamps set I used for my blog hop post. They’re by Picket Fence Studios, called April Girl and (Inhale Confidence) Exhale Worry.


For the Blog Hop,I had coloured the details of the image stamp, and did a stencil background. This time, I left the image uncoloured, and did a watercolour background. Let’s have a look.

Inhale Confidence; Exhale Worry


Start with a panel of watercolour paper. On a slick surface, such as a craft mat, clear block or piece of acetate, scribble with your Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers to transfer the ink to the surface. One at a time, pick up the colour with a wet water brush, and apply to the watercolour panel. Depending on how much water you add, you can control the strength of the colours. I wanted mine to be quite vibrant.  The marker colours I used are 050 Yellow, 070 Orange, 025 Pink, 031 Cobalt Blue and 080 Violet.

After your watercolour has dried, stamp the April Girl image in Versafine Clair – Nocturne ink. I set up the panel in my MISTI, so that I could stamp more than once. Watercolour paper has texture, so multiple stamping may be necessary for a nice, clear image.

Next, stamp the sentiment from the Exhale Worry stamp set in Versamark ink onto a strip of black cardstock. Cover it with white embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.  Trim your sentiment strip to size, and attach it to the top left corner of the panel with foam tape or squares. Attach the image panel to a panel of black cardstock, and then to a purple card base, again with foam tape or squares.

Inhale Confidence; Exhale Worry

You can see I was a tad impatient with my watercolour panel – it was still a bit wavy when I attached it! Oh well – gives it character, right?


I was having fun playing with backgrounds, so I decided to make yet another card!

Inhale Confidence; Exhale Worry

For this card, I stamped the image onto a beige/kraft coloured cardstock, and then coloured it with my Polychromos pencils.


Create your stencil background on a piece of vanilla/off white cardstock. I used a diamond patterned stencil from my stash, and put it over the cardstock. Hold the stencil in place with some Thermo Web Purple Tape – it won’t damage your cardstock when removing it. Use Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink with a Picket Fence Blender Brush, and lightly apply the ink in random areas. Next, remove the stencil, and shift it one square up and over; your stencil will now be covering the diamond areas you just stenciled. Now apply Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide with the Blender Brush, next to wear you applied the Vintage Photo ink. Remove your stencil – and be sure to clean it, before you forget!

Stamp the April Girl image onto the beige/kraft cardstock in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, and heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. Use the Faber Castelle Polychromos pencils to colour in the image.  If you’re interested, the colours I used are: Hair – Dark Naples Ochre & Raw Umber; Eyelids – Light Ultramarine; Flowers – Rose Carmine, Dark Chrome Yellow, Strohgilb Cream, Dark Cadmium Orange; Hummingbird – Purple Pink and Cobalt Green.

Here’s a close up of the colouring:

Die cut the image with the matching April Girl die, and attach it to the stenciled background with foam tape. Stamp the sentiment onto a strip of coral cardstock in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, and set with clear embossing powder. Attach the sentiment underneath the image with foam tape.

Finally, layer the image and a panel of the same beige cardstock onto a card base of coral cardstock, with more foam tape.


Do you have a favourite technique you like to use, for creating backgrounds? Or do you rely on patterned paper? Let me know in the comments! If you’d like to do some shopping,I’ve included my affiliate links where possible, below, for your online shopping ease.

Inhale Confidence; Exhale Worry

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “Inhale Confidence; Exhale Worry.

    1. Thanks Susan, I’m glad you like both cards. It is fun seeing how a background creates a totally different look & feel to a card.

    1. I’m glad you liked seeing both cards, Buffy. The sentiments in this set are great.

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