Hello crafty friends! Lien here and today we're going back to basics, but with a twist! Don't forget to watch the video below for more details!

Since I started cardmaking I've always been in love with pattern stamping. It's great to stretch your supplies and use those small images in your stamp sets. I'm going to stamp my pattern on a white panel diecut with the Postal Cover die set. Using a diecut with a fun edge like this one is a great way to spice up simple cards, it gives you a wonderful frame without adding any bulk. I masked off the edges, using the stitched detail as a guide and then started stamping.

I'm using the Dog Days stamp set today but I told you there would be a twist and here it is: we're first stamping a shadow or silhouette image of the stamp using the . I die cut the sunglasses die from some crafting foam, put adhesive on the back to adhere it to an acrylic block and voilà, we've got a stamp! I stamped it in a bunch of bright colors all over the panel and then left it to dry for a little bit. I stacked up the Layered Friend die with three layers of white cardstock and topped it off with a layer of black.

Once I was sure the first layer of inking was dry, I went in with the actual sunglasses stamp and stamped it over all of the silhouettes I'd stamped previously. I used embossing ink for this. Once that was done, I left the masking tape in place while sprinkling on the embossing powder. Before heatsetting it, I remove it. The tape will leave the area slightly sticky so the embossing powder would stick on the masked areas, but I know that the tape I use doesn't react well to heat, it will cling harder to the paper and be more difficult to remove, that's why I remove it in between the two steps.

To finish it off, I added a small cardbase to the back of the panel so it won't show through the cut out edges. I glued the sentiment in place along with a few silver gems. To set the sentiment apart from the busy background, I added wink of stella clear glitter brush pen and glossy accents to really make this card shine. You can see all of the steps above explained in the YouTube video!