Hello! Recently my friend, Cindi (iring), challenged me to create a card with a Zendoodle look.
To make this card, you will need some Eclipse Tape, which is a special masking tape that is wider than a standard card and sticks no more than a sticky note.
A Zendoodle is created by combining blocks of doodles into one larger, overall design. For this card, you’ll be replacing the blocks of doodles with blocks of stamping from background stamps.
It helps to use a mix of patterns. You will want some that are heavy and dense contrasted with some that are light and airy. Alternate them to help further define and visually separate the blocks of your “Zen-stamping.”
Step 1: Prepare your mask
Cut a piece of Eclipse Tape that is larger than a card base (greater than 4.25″ x 5.25″). Also cut a piece of glossy cardstock to be 4.25″ x 5.5″. Place the Eclipse Tape over the card and trim away the excess.
Step 2: Design your blocks
Use a pencil to draw a design in pencil for where you want your blocks of stamping to go. When you have a rough sketch, expand your dividers to be about 1/4″ thick by redrawing the boundaries between blocks. You can use rulers or trace die cut shapes to assist you in designing the boundaries.
Step 3: Cut your mask into pieces
Next, lift the Eclipse Tape back off the glossy cardstock and cut your mask into pieces. You will have one piece that is all of the boundaries between the blocks, like the leading in a stained glass window. You will also have a piece for each block in your design.
Step 4: Use your mask while stamping
Once you’ve cut apart your mask, replace all of the pieces onto your glossy cardstock. Then peel away the first block, and stamp in that block using dye ink. Dye ink will dry quickly and looks great on glossy cardstock.
Use a heat tool to set the dye ink. When the ink is dry, replace the mask for that block. Peel up the next block and repeat until you’ve stamped within all of the blocks.
Step 5: Discard the mask and add finishing details
Once you’ve stamped within all the blocks, remove and discard all pieces of the mask. You can dry emboss the Zen-stamped glossy cardstock for extra dimension. Then adhere it to a card base and add finishing details like a frame, butterflies, or crystals. Adding a few details and dimension can make this type of card a stunner!
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