Friday, February 23, 2024


Sometimes we hear someone say they are "moving off the grid".  Well, today, we are moving "on the grid".

The background today uses the Grid Technique.  If you are unfamiliar with this technique I demonstrated on my Learning With Friends Video yesterday, 2/22/24, the steps of creating a grid background.  You can watch the replay on my YouTube channel by clicking on the image below.

As I indicated in the video, once you create your scored "grid", there are many different ways to use it on a card.  You can use it as it is.  You can stamp on it.  You can color it with sponge daubers.  I used the Countryside Blossoms embossing folder as a "background" stamp to decorate the grid for this card.  

Some of my favorite card layouts use diagonal elements.  For this card front I matted a strip of Smokey Slate cardstock to a strip of Fresh Freesia cardstock and then laid it diagonally across my completed Grid Technique Sheet.  It was then very easy to flip over the Basic White Grid Sheet and use it as a guide to trim the corners.

The wheelbarrow from the Garden Meadow Stamp Set was stamped on Basic White with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored with Stampin' Blends.  It felt like it needed to sit on a special perch, so I used the "circle" die from Thoughtful Expressions Dies.  The sentiment was die cut with a smaller version of the same die.  Aren't they pretty die cuts? 

If you missed the Thoughtful Expressions Bundle in the January - April Mini Catalog, check it out on the product list below.  The stamps are beautiful, but the dies that come with the bundle are true winners.  These are dies that you will use over and over with all your stamps!

To decorate the inside of the card, I simply stamped the basket of flowers and colored it with Stampin' Blends.  Notice that I "scribbled" a little Fresh Freesia ink below the basket.  This is a quick and simple way to "ground" the flower basket and make it look like it is "sitting on something" rather than floating in space.

Use this link to download a free tutorial for today's card.  The tutorial also includes a link to the Grid Technique Video.  So, if you download the tutorial, you will always be able to find the video.

I hope you have enjoyed Take Two of the Garden Meadow Bundle.  This bundle is so much fun, you may just see a Take Three sometime in the future.

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