Hello everyone!  And a warm welcome to all my newest followers and first time readers to my blog.  I’m so glad you are here.  Today I am excited to be sharing a set of 10 clean and simple kid’s cards with you, featuring a very cute monkey drawing done by my daughter Catherine, who just turned 9 last month.The set also include my own heart drawing and the beautiful sentiment by the lovely Donna Ellis for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.  The card drive is over now and I wish to thanks everyone that helped send in a card for this heartwarming cause.  On February 28th I will be announcing the winners for the prize giveaways along with the final card count update.  I hope you will be able to join me then.

How cute is this little monkey!   Doesn’t that sweet smile just melt your heart away?  When Catherine first show me this little monkey back in November (which I shared in my blog post here), I immediately drawn to its sweet smiling face and knew I have to make a card with it.  But first I have to successfully convert the original 8.50″x11″ size drawing in color pencils to a black and white digital image.  It turned out quite easy as Catherine has done a beautiful job keeping her lines very clean.

tutorial: How-To Mask Digital Images In Picmonkey

Did you know you can “mask” digital stamp images?  Yes you can and it is SO much easier than masking with clear or cling stamps.  There are many different ways you can do that.  But for today, I am going to show you how I “mask” Catherine’s monkey, the heart and sentiment together and saving them as a single flat image file using picmonkey, a free online photo editor.  So let’s get started!First, I go to picmonkey.  Then I click on Edit to open up the monkey file (the main file I want to work with).

Next, I click on the Overlays button (the butterfly icon) from the toolbar on the left side of the screen, then click on Add Your Own button to insert in my heart drawing.  Then I resize the heart and position it over the hands.
Next, from the Blend Modes drop down menu option (#3 arrow above), I select “Darken” to “mask” the heart inside the hands.  Finally, I click on the Add Your Own button again to insert in the sentiment and position it to the right of the heart.  Then saved the “masked” images as a single, flat JPEG file.

My original plan was to create a set of 14 cards with this sweet monkey layout.  So after picmonkey, I opened up the “masked” image file in Microsoft Word (Window 10), resize it to 3.3x4.62 and print out 2 images per page onto Neenah cardstock. Then, I die cut them out with the MFT DIE-namics STAX Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle.


Next I create the A2 card base by trimming the Bazzill Easter Grass cardstock in half at 5.50″ mark and then score each half at the 4.25″ mark. I did this 14 times.

I colored the images with Copic and add a spark of glitter to the heart and vine with the clear Zig Wink of Stella. Then adhered them to the card base with double sided adhesive.
Unfortunately I messed up on a couple images along the way coloring late in the night, leaving with just 10 good one at the end.

Here’s the ten finished cards.  I always stored my finished cards (with envelope) in a clear bag with a flap seal to keep them safely protected until time to send (deliver) them out.

And here are all the cards that I made for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.  I did not share a post on all of them.  But you can find the post for the Jar of Daisy Shaker card HERE, A Daisy Garden card HERE, the Pilot Panda Plane cards HERE, Rainbow cards HERE, the Heart Panda card HERE and the Rainbow Balloon card HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share your comment with me. May you have a lovely rest of your day.

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