Today we’re thrilled to welcome Donna Mikasa.  Before we show you Donna’s projects, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

DonnaMikasaProfilePic-08072014-250WHello! My name is Donna Mikasa and I’m thrilled to be here as a guest designer. I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we are the parents of two grown daughters. I’ve always been involved with paper crafting and discovered rubber stamping after a friend showed me heat embossing—remember your first time?—and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I started my blog in 2009 because I wanted to join a Hero Arts blog hop. Five years later, I’ve made numerous friendships with stampers worldwide who share the love of card making, which is probably the most rewarding aspect of this hobby.

I am currently on several design teams: CASual Fridays, AEI{heart}U Challenge, CAS(E) this Sketch, and Tag You’re It! and I try to get a little inky every day. I consider myself a “technique” stamper and currently I’m obsessed with watercoloring, either with Distress inks or my new love: Peerless Watercolors.

My projects today involve Distress inks on background stamps. You can use this technique on any background stamp, but I chose stripes for a clean and simple look.


Rainbow Watercolor Background

1. Ink striped background stamp with three colors of distress inks in “rainbow order”. Begin with Mustard Seed in the middle, add Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers on each side.


2. Lightly mist the entire surface of the stamp.

3. Press watercolor cardstock on inked surface, using your hands to insure even inking.

4. Lift up cardstock. Some colors may have blended, giving you a third color.


5. Use a heat tool to dry or let air dry.

6. When completely dry, trim to desired size, or die cut tags.

Thanks For Everything Card



Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
My Favorite Things Striped Background stamp
Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers Distress inks
Water mister bottle
Savvy Stamps Thanks Script Die
Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy
Archival Black ink
Avery Elle New Moon (black) heavy card stock
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Scotch Permanent Adhesive Dot Roller
Studio Calico black acrylic stars




Paper Smooches Tag Stitched die
Mama Elephant In My Heart stamps
Archival Coffee ink
Lawn Fawn Natural cord

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Donna Mikasa.  Be sure to stop by Donna’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you). You can also find Donna on Flickr and Instagram.

Have a great day!


53 replies on “Featured Artist/Designer: Donna Mikasa”

  1. SO happy to see Donna’s feature here! I love her take on any theme, styles and techniques! Donna is absolutely brilliant in all she does! I ADORE these two lovely watercolor cards!

  2. Donna is an incredible artist and an incredible friend! She has mastered any style, any technique. I love seeing her work wherever she may share it.

  3. Beautiful, Donna. Love the card and the tags. This is my next project for some thank you cards I need to send. Great timing. Thanks so much.

  4. Oh I love Donna and all her amazing talent and techniques! She inspires me and I am so fortunately to currently be on two design teams with her! That has given me the opportunity to know first hand that she is as lovely inside as out! Congrats on your feature Donna and now a new technique to try!

  5. As always, Donna’s card and tags are amazing! I love the water colored background, and how she kept her projects true to her CAS style!

    Congrats on your feature, Donna! It was so much fun to learn a little bit about you, and I can’t wait to try out your techniques!

  6. What beautiful work, Donna! I love your tags and card. I’ll be using your techniques. Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration.

  7. Gorgeous rainbow card and tags Donna, love this technique… a project doesn’t need much more to be a beauty, as you just showed.

  8. Love your technique. It’s simple yet so beautiful. I especially liked the adorable tags. Thank you for sharing.

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