Concord & 9th Feature Friday: City Stacks

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be back with Concord & 9th and another set of cards for Feature Friday! This week we are featuring the City Stacks bundle. This bundle is wonderful for celebrating friendships near and far. It is also great for welcoming new friends to the neighborhood. I love the layers of city skyline, neighborhood homes, and trees. Use them alone or in combination – so many possibilities. Here are just a few cards that I made!


For this first card, I thought it would be fun to combine the City Stacks with the Star Turnabout and make a night sky. The sentiment seemed perfect for the night sky in the city – you can’t see the stars, but you know they’re there. I used the Star Turnabout stamp positioned off-center so that it stamped only the top of the card. I stamped it with VersaMark and embossed with white powder. I stamped the skyscrapers along the bottom of the card with VersaFine in Onyx.


Then I used colors from my Gansai Tambi and Sennelier watercolor palettes to create the night sky. I used the Star turnabout die to cut a few of the stars out of the panel so that I could layer it with silver glitter paper. I stamped the sentiment onto some scrap watercolor paper, trimmed it down, and adhered it to the panel with foam tape.


For the next card, I wanted to play with the “stacks” aspect of this bundle. So I decided to make a more interactive card. The back layer is a washed out city skyline; the middle layer is the trees, and the front layer is the neighborhood. The front and middle layers both open to reveal the rest of the sentiment. MLO_C9_wk3_004

For the middle and front layers, I used water-based markers, specifically markers from Tombow (Dual Brush Pens), Zig (Clean Color Real Brush), and Ranger (Distress Markers). Don’t be afraid to mix your brands when using water-based markers! I don’t have an extensive collection of any one of these brands, so I often mix and match. They all blend together pretty well.


I should note that I stamped these two layers onto smooth bristol paper, which handles the markers quite well and can also stand up to a little water, like from a water brush. I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out and scored one edge (left edge for the middle layer, right edge for the front layer) to create a flap for adhering the layer to the card base. I still wanted to leave room for a hand written note, so I made this card to fit on a top-folding card base.



The last card I have to share with you is a super quick and easy one. On a trimmed down piece of watercolor paper, I stamped the houses and sentiment in VersaFine Onyx. I stamped the heart above one of the chimneys. I added a light watercolor wash to the majority of the panel, but left the houses uncolored.


After the paint dried, I used an illustrator’s pen (I think it was a 0.01mm tip) to draw wisps of chimney smoke around the heart. I tied some coordinating twine along the bottom of the panel and then adhered it to a top-folding card base using craft foam.


That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed these cards and are inspired to create many cards of your own using the City Stacks bundle. Thanks so much for visiting!

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One thought on “Concord & 9th Feature Friday: City Stacks

  1. Denise Breimeir says:

    I love all the different ways you used the City Stacks bundle! At first glance, these cards look like they were made using three different sets, a testament to how creative you are. I really can’t pick a favorite. The layer card is so gorgeous and has so much depth. I love the simplicity and heart smoke shape of the third card. And the quote and night sky are perfect for the skyline card.


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