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Video: Masked Watercolored Hearts: Celebrating Cath + TT Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Hello there! I am absolutely thrilled to be participating in this blog hop where we are celebrating Cath and Technique Tuesday! A lot of amazing crafters have come together to celebrate this new release and I am so humbled and honored to be one of them!  You should have hopped over to me by way of Tobi Crawford!   If you get lost or want to check out the whole blog hop list, stop by  the Technique Tuesday blog!   

For my project today, I created two cards usingthe Heartfelt Thanks stamp set! I instantly fell in love with that gorgeous big heart and new it had to be masked and stamped with a watercolor! I  created two masks with the hearts and then proceeded to stamp the heart with a variety of DIY Custom Blend Distress inks pads I created (for the video, click here), spritzed it with a little bit of water and stamped. I repeated until I had the panel covered…. I felt the colors were a little too bold (even for me, lol), so I adhered a piece of 43LB vellum over the top!


I heat set the sentiment and the little heart from the Garden of Life stamp set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder over the top of the vellum (the white strip is underneath)…


I decided to film a video showing off this gorgeous stamp set so I made a second card and this time, I left the vellum panel off so you can see the subtle difference.


Here is a look at both cards. The one to the left has the vellum.


And the video! You can watch it right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD by clicking HERE! And if you have a moment, I’d love a thumbs up! 🙂

Isn’t the heart gorgeous? Cath has a wonderful release of stamps and dies I encourage you to check out HERE! Next up on the hop is Melissa Phillips!


Technique Tuesday is generously giving away THREE prizes. One person will win a full package consisting of all 5 of Cath’s new products and two other people will receive a  $25 gift certificates. The winners will be chosen at random from all the comments left during the hop on all the blog stops! So the more comments you leave, the better chances you have of winning!!! You have until  midnight PST on Sept. 16th, 2015, to leave comments. The winners will be announced on the Technique Tuesday blog on Sept. 18th, 2015. 


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  1. Your card is gorgeous, thanks for the video.

  2. I like the colours you’ve used on your cards. 🙂

  3. Shirley says:

    As always, love your video. Beautiful cards! Love your technique as well as this “new” stamp set by Cath.

  4. You never disappoint Laurel.I love seeing what you create.Thank you.

  5. A different take on Cath’s design. Very creative and beautiful!

  6. Love the heart and the sentiment is perfect.

  7. Laura P. says:

    Hi Laurel, wow what a lovely technique! Your color choices are just gorgeous and the masked hearts is such an inspiring idea. Thank you for taking the time to make a video!!

  8. karen514 says:

    Great technique and lovely card!

  9. Janet Cobb says:

    I love the multi colors. The vellum is lovely and without is just as pretty. Thanks for showing both versions.

  10. chriss58 says:

    Love how the masked hearts appear all tucked into each other! Great colours and video!
    Cath will love this!

  11. Beautiful!!

  12. I love to see your new techniques and style and this one is awesome too in rainbow colors! Thanks for sharing the video!

  13. Debbie Skluzak says:

    Love all the colors, and like how the vellum softened the other.

  14. Sabrina Radican says:

    WOW!!! What stunning and beautiful cards!!! By the way I love all of your homemade distress ink colors.. They are simply gorgeous!!!

  15. gioperu says:

    Lovely stamp! I love the inks you used, I need to get them soon!!

  16. knurse22 says:

    Like your card both bold and softer! Thanks for sharing that tip of using the vellum to tone it down! But I do like the bolder one, too!

  17. Jean Arizona says:

    Both cards are beautiful.

  18. jan metcalf says:

    I would never of thought to use the heart overlapping, love the look!

  19. Laurel with or without vellum this is gorgeous! But I’m kind of a vellum freak … a slip of vellum just does it for me! Off to watch your brilliance … can’t stop thinking about you in the street running over things, and that roll of paper towels! You crack me up…

  20. Barbara Kohn says:

    Using the heart stamp multiple times in lots of colors as a background creates a gorgeous card!

  21. I have been afraid to do asking but after this I’ll give it a try!

  22. D.Ann C says:

    That heart is gorgeous and I love how you layered it in such lovely colors!

  23. Cary Ann L. says:

    The colors are fantastic! Thanks for the great ideas!

  24. Oh wow, Laurel, what a cool technique, your card is AMAZING!!!

  25. Victoria Dent says:

    I love the use of the vellum. The card without the vellum is awesome too.

  26. Laurel, I love the colors you used on these cards. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

  27. Deby Lake says:

    This is fantastic! I love the bold and subdued effects. Thanks for the directions.

  28. Awesome technique. Card turned out beautifully! I’d love to win this stamp set and try this.

  29. Paula Valentino says:

    Loved your video… both cards are beautiful!

  30. Both cards are so pretty! I can’t decide which I like best!

  31. Beautiful! Amazing! Love It!

  32. Amazing color and masking. Love the addition of the vellum panel. Beautiful.

  33. What a pretty card, with or without the vellum!
    I always enjoy your blog.

  34. cadidier106 says:

    Gorgeous cards! I think I like it full strength best – now I’m off to check out the custom ink pads!

  35. Liz McAllister says:

    I love that heart!

  36. Fun masking — the vellum one looks great

  37. Shelley C says:

    Very unique and creative. Gives the heart a playful look. Great ideas and great tutorial – thanks!

  38. Carla Hundley says:

    Both cards look wonderful.
    I like the bold second card,
    beautiful colors!
    Carla from Utah

  39. These are such pretty cards! The one w/o vellum is especially fun–the gorgeous watercolors make it look like batik to me. Thanks for showing the how-to’s in the video.

  40. Both are beautiful but I think I like the one you made today a bit better – I like the brighter colours! I love the masking and your DIY ink pads!

  41. Verna Angerhofer says:

    I love the repeated pattern on your cards and those gorgeous colors. Great video too.

  42. Rebecca Yahrling says:

    I don’t think these colors are too bold at all – they’re gorgeous! Beautiful masking job. And I have the liquid platinum embossing powder on my wish list – it’s yummy!

  43. WOW – way to mask! Your cards are awesome….I personally like the one without vellum better!

  44. sueinmtvernon says:

    I love everything about Cath’s new products. Thank you for your inspiration and for the chance to win!

  45. I love masking too! Such a pretty card with all the colors and THANKS for the multi-color blending pads video – good info!

  46. brenda trimmer says:

    thanks for the cards – I like the bold colors!

  47. Lovely bright colors on your cards.

  48. Vicki Smith says:

    Thank you for the video showing your outstanding card designs. Love your work and love that heart stamp by Cath. Would love to win this package for my birthday coming up! Fingers crossed!!

  49. Marci Collins says:

    LOVE your bright happy card Laurel – awesome job with the masking!LOVE Cath’s New stamp and die sets! Can’t wait to see what else you create with them!

  50. Absolutely love this stamp, and how you used it on your cards. Gorgeous. Thank you for taking the time to do a video.

  51. morentin1326 says:

    wow, this is fab, love the colors

  52. What a gorgeous look with the custom made ink blends. I love how you toned it down with the vellum layer.

  53. Love your design. Great job.

  54. Mary Holshouser says:

    Fantastic. I love how you stamped all of the hearts to make the background.
    Beautiful cards.
    thanks for sharing.

  55. I love this card! So many beautiful colors. Sometimes you just need to use them all!

  56. Jamie Vanskiver says:

    I love how quick and easy and fun this card is! This heart stamp set is definitely on my list for sure. I just got some of the Liquid Platinum embossing powder and I tell ya, I LOVE that stuff! It definitely does go with everything!

  57. terriavidreader says:


  58. Casey Thrush says:

    Very cool use of the heart for the background!!

  59. Your card is so pretty. I love the background and the vellum overlay makes it so soft. Love it.

  60. Jeanne Jordan says:

    Thanks, Laurel, for sharing your talent with us, as always. These are beautiful. . . and I don’t think the colors are too bold! Although the vellum adds a “dainty” touch.

  61. betty lou says:

    Love both cards…with and without the vellum! Thanks for sharing!

  62. Laurel, you’ve created magic with your showcases of Cath’s new heart image…stunning!

  63. Miriam Prantner says:

    Great masking! Loving that heart!

  64. Angelique V. says:

    I love these cards!. I’m already looking through my stamps to see what stamps I have to replicate this look! LOL!

  65. Nandini says:

    Love this stamp set, that heart is simply gorgeous! And loved both versions of your card!

  66. Just love these cards!! What a great use of this stamp and love your colors!

  67. j9rabbit says:

    so gorgeous. i love the vellum – so delicate looking.

  68. Laurel turning the stamp into a beautiful background was genius! Both cards are stunning…vellum or no vellum.

  69. I love both versions of your card!

  70. Laura Jane says:

    I would never have thought to use that Heart stamp in this way…Well Done Laurel!
    The vellum is a nice touch.

  71. So beautiful! I love, love, love those cards!

  72. The heart is truly gorgeous! I love your technique. Thanks!

  73. What a wonderful job you did with your stamping, this is so pretty!!!

  74. Angie Hall says:

    Thanks for showing us two different takes on the fancy heart stamp from Cath..

  75. LeslieS says:

    Thanks for the lovely card!

  76. Suzan D says:

    love the custom ink pads. stunning cards.

  77. Tammi Mixon says:

    Beautiful card!

  78. I love the hearts.

  79. I love, love, love the vellum over the stamping.

  80. Cynthia B. says:

    The heart stamp looks great in all the colors! I do agree – the vellum gives the first card a nice soft feel. Thanks for sharing!

  81. beautifully done. I love how the vellum soften the look of the hearts.

  82. really like your card – love the idea of mask stamping, Thanks!

  83. Awesome video…Beautiful bevy of hearts. I like both cards!

  84. Beautiful masking and that heart is so gorgeous!!! What fun that must have been to play with!!!

  85. karenladd says:

    You gave that gorgeous lacy heart a whole new look with your masked backgrounds! Love it!

  86. Karen King says:

    A masked delight!

  87. Well, you’ve impressed me today! I didn’t know about the DIY pads–awesome! And your cards are lovely…Thanks for the video!

  88. Debbie Craine says:

    Wow love the way you toned down the first card but Really love the bold colors of the 2nd one.

  89. Beautiful card. Love your technique and colors you used.

  90. S Souder says:

    This is one of my favorite cards you have shared. It’s just so happy!

  91. Pai Meng says:

    just beautiful!

  92. melissaf123 says:

    Love this lacy stamp as an overall background, so pretty in both your cards! Thanks for video too.

  93. Carol K says:

    love the background with the stamp

  94. Marchel Scott says:

    Amazing card . . . great job with the masking technique!

  95. Cynthia X says:

    Beautiful cards, very colorful.

  96. Cathy Montoya says:

    Just Gorgeous Love them both. Thanks for showing us how you did it want to watch how to make the ink pads.


  98. Really pretty, love the colors and technique.

  99. irene grau says:

    I can’t decide which I like better — vellum or no vellum. Both are lovely!

  100. FUN! They remind me of the fancy stitchwork on the antique crazy quilt my grandma gave me. Love the colors.

  101. Robyn Trimble says:

    Love the new dies and stamps. Thanks for the giveaways!

  102. Beautiful, thanks for the video!!

  103. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Love the multiple stamping of this pretty heart…great cards.

  104. Connie Brooks says:

    When I got to your blog and scrolled down…my jaw dropped. Oh so gorgeous cards. Just beautiful. I’m loving Caths release.

  105. WOW! The colors were fabulous and I love the way the vellum worked. So very pretty! Great idea.

  106. Laurie P. says:

    Wow! What a super bright & fun way to use this great new set from Cath Edvalson…

  107. Michelle Dunne says:

    Love the bright colours, I never would have thought to use a mask to stamp, it’s beautiful.

  108. Very creative and colorful.

  109. Amy Cooley says:

    This is beautiful with the varied colors.

  110. When I clicked on your link it took my breath away—beautiful.

  111. Dana Massar says:

    Great job! Love all the color.

  112. Lynne Ingram says:

    Wonderful video, beautiful colors, pretty heart.

  113. Memoriesbymanda says:

    Love the colourful background.

  114. Gail Anderson says:

    A great way to use this stamp! Love the colors! I think I like it better without the vellum.

  115. Carey Nusbaum says:

    What beautiful cards! I love the colors! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  116. BeverlyBL says:

    So pretty. Love your colors.

  117. Beautiful card

  118. Brithzi Sandy says:

    Absolutely beautiful.

  119. Kelly Flaherty says:

    Great colors!

  120. Nice colour combo. Love the heart stamp.

  121. Amante del Papel says:

    absolutely awesome and so beautiful!!!

  122. lilola66 says:

    Beautiful cards! Love your technique as well !

  123. Colleen Halpern says:

    Love the technique – (and the heart). Thanks for the video on the technique, too.

  124. Absolutely love the cards! Also, like the custom ink pads. . How fun.

  125. cjmiller55410 says:

    love distress…………you inspired me……..just ordered my own DIY’s

  126. TracyM #6773 says:

    BEAUTIFUL stamp and cards Laurel!!!
    LOVE the design and LOVE that the shape makes it so easy for masking too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION and video … I’m sorry that I don’t comment on YouTube very often now, the settings have changed and I have to open it up in a new window before I can like or comment – I will try harder though 🙂
    PS – great placement for your sentiment, your custom inks look GORGEOUS and the vellum adds a delicate touch too, LOVE it both ways!!!

  127. Cyndi Serrano says:

    These are so very pretty!

  128. Sharon Klumph says:

    I am in love with the gorgeous heart and the masked watercolor takes it to a whole wonderful level. I lo e watercolor. Very nice

  129. Loved the softened look with the vellum. Thanks for the video and info about how to make both cards.

  130. Martha Miller says:

    Bold and Beautiful. Or Soft and Beautiful….love them both! Thanks for the video. You’re so inspiring?

  131. Mary Hano says:

    Both cards are so lovely! I like them both but do love that vellum! Thank you for sharing. Beautiful work!

  132. Very beautifully colored floral card! I love the softness vellum adds to it also and your video!

  133. These masked hearts are so pretty Laurel and the colour combination works perfectly. This is certainly a different way of using this stamp but such a great idea. x

  134. Great cards!

  135. Beautiful cards!! I love your custom ink pads and that stamp is beautiful!!

  136. Jenny McGee says:

    I love how you used all the different colors for the hears. Beautiful.

  137. The masked hearts are delightful!

  138. Judy Sander says:

    Background with the heart is beautiful!

  139. polycrafty says:

    I love how the vellum softens the stamping! So classy!

  140. Tina Perkins says:

    I absolutely love the all the colors and the way the vellum softens them. Will definitely be watching you!

  141. absolutely beautiful!

  142. mjmarmo says:

    So pretty!

  143. Such a happy, happy card. Thanks for the inspiring video too.
    I know they take a lot of time and I so appreciate you sharing.
    Great work!

  144. What a cool and colorful way to use this beautiful heart! I really love it!

  145. Oh I love both of your gorgeous cards, the vellum adds a touch of soft elegance.

  146. Your cards are beautiful! I appreciate that when you thought one wasn’t perfect, you worked with it – and it looks fantastic. That heart stamp is definitely on my “want” list.

  147. Simply-AJ says:

    Gorgeous cards! What a great way to use this beautiful stamp. Thanks for the video too!

  148. Beautiful…love the mask idea. Thanks for sharing.

  149. Carol b says:

    Very nice technique with the hearts and thanks for the video.
    Carol b

  150. I love the watercolored hearts!

  151. I love all the colors, wonderful technique!!??

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