Love Your Guts by Cathy Zielske!

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Love Your Guts by Cathy Zielske Hello everyone! It’s Cathy Zielske here, a long-time scrapbooker who just discovered the magic of card making a few months ago and today I’m sharing a card using a sentiment from one of my stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp. You should know that I am pretty much geeking out over every new technique and and working on learning about All The Things that go into having fun with card making. I had so much fun making this card and I’m excited to share it with you.

Love Your Guts by Cathy Zielske

This card was completely inspired by the amazing Laura Bassen, and specifically this card and tutorial. Once I got my hands on the Polygon Cover Plate from Neat & Tangled, I knew I had to give it a shot!
I started by smooshing some Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar and Spiced Marmalade) onto my craft mat, generously spritzing them with water using my Distress Sprayer, and then pressing the smooth side of my Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock directly onto the moistened inks. I repeated this process, using my heat tool to dry the paper between rounds, alternating between smooshing and spritzing the ink, and using a big paint brush to dab on color. Once I had it to my liking, I spritzed on a bit more water using my Distress Sprayer, blotted it off with a paper towel and set it aside to dry.
Next I used the Polygon Cover Plate die to cut out the frame from some Neenah 80#Solar White Cardstock using my Big Shot. I used a metal shim to ensure a crisp cut the first time. I discarded the guts and just kept the white frame.

Once the watercolored paper was dry, I ran it through my Big Shot, again using the metal shim for a crisp, clean cut.

Love Your Guts by Cathy Zielske

To make the card, I created a 4.25 x 5.5 top folding card base from the Neenah Solar White cardstock, adhered the white frame using Elmer’s Spray Adhesive and then filled it in with all of the popped out watercolored pieces using my Zig 2-Way Glue Pen. Using the Silhouette Pick Up Tool made placement of the pieces quick and easy.

Next I stamped “LOVE YOUR GUTS” onto some Gina K Designs Passionate Pink cardstock (using my Mini Misti tool for perfect stamping—it’s seriously such a help to this new stamper!), and heat embossed the sentiment using some white Hero Arts Embossing Powder. The last step was to die cut the sentiment using the Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner set, add a bit of foam tape for dimension and adhered to the card. I finished it off by adding some Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh in both 4mm and 6mm sizes.

I feel like there are so many options for this type of card! I plan to make several in different ink combinations featuring different sentiments. Colorful, shape-filled and fun! If you’d like to see a clip of me making a similar card, check out my blog for a short tutorial.


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Cathy for being our guest!

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  1. Love the colors, love the diecut, love the sentiment most!
    You made this card for me,

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