I like cacti.  Living here in San Diego they are part of the natural flora.  Better yet, they resist my black thumb.  🙂


Products used:

  • Main Image: Hero Arts
  • Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp die cut ‘wishing’
  • Background: Simon Says Stamp heart die cut
  • Stencil: Simon Says Stamp
  • Watercolor: Distress ink in Salty Ocean and Blueprint
  • Embossing paste: Inka gold in Platinum

To start this card I cut an A2 size panel from watercolor paper.  I took my lighter distress ink and covered a small area of my craft mat in the ink.  Taking a water bottle I misted the ink on the craft mat until the ink beaded up.  Dropping my card panel into the ink and lifting to look, allowed me to see where the color was on the panel before adding more color if necessary.  I set the panel aside to dry before adding the second color of distress ink.

Once the panel was completely dry I taped my stencil over the A2 panel. Using a palette knife I applied the embossing paste over select areas of the stencil.

TIPS: Inka gold embossing paste is beautiful!  But it requires you to work pretty fast; otherwise, it can get stuck in the stencil itself!  I suggest taping off areas of your stencil where you don’t want embossing paste on your panel – this will allow you to work faster.  I also recommend ensuring you close your lid tightly so it doesn’t dry out.  🙂


The heart die cut was cut out of white card stock and some of the inner hearts were popped out and some left in place.  I used Ranger Glossy Accents to adhere the die cut due to the texture of the paper and embossing paste – it works great as a really strong glue!

The cactus was stamped in My Favorite Things hybrid ink and colored in with copic markers.  The ‘wishing’ sentiment was cut out twice, glued together, and then colored with the matching copic marker as the cactus flower.  I adhered the cactus down and layered the wishing sentiment over top.  To finish the card I covered ‘wishing’ in glossy accents and attached the A2 panel to card base.

That’s it!  Have a great day!



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