More Ink-Blended Cards
I recently got on a bit of a Distress Ink-blending kick (as shown in an earlier post), and I now have a few more ink-blended cards to share. For this first card, I used the heat emboss resist technique. I started with some flourish stamps and VersaMark ink, and some clear embossing powder. I stamped and embossed a few flourishes on a piece of white cardstock (PTI). I then chose some softer ink colors, and blended them over my design – the embossed areas “resist” the ink, so the design shines through. This time, I really wanted a “softer” look, and while my blending skills still need work, I’m happy with how this one turned out. It’s hard to go wrong with purple, pink and blue. 😀
I sprayed some shimmer mist over the entire blended piece, which added a little sparkle . The shine is really pretty in real life, but it’s hard to photograph. Here’s a slightly better look:
The sentiment was die-cut several times and layered – I think four or five black pieces, with one white piece attached slightly off-center. I first tried the sentiment in black, but it just looked too stark, so I tried white, but it was too hard to read. This seemed to be the ideal solution. 🙂 I rounded one corner, but it still felt incomplete. I thought that maybe just some Enamel Accents dots in the lower right-hand corner would help balance things, but…
Fixing a Mistake
it didn’t work. It was a learning lesson, though. When you put Enamel Accents over heat-embossing, it appears to sort of spread – it doesn’t retain it’s nice, round shape. I was able to scrape it off, but it left me with a bit of a booboo on my card. You know what that means, right? It’s time to embellish! I really didn’t want to add a new color to this card, so I just punched a couple of flowers from black and white, and layered them – the top flower has some of that shimmer mist on it. Problem solved. 🙂
Next up, I tried inking some panels with just one or two colors of ink. It doesn’t sound all that different than using colored cardstock, but if you vary the amount of ink, and you flick some water here and there, you can get a nice watercolor effect.
I used that brown piece to cut out some tree branches, the red-ish piece for some flowers, and a green piece (not shown above) for some leaves. All those elements, along with a die-cut sentiment gave me this card:
Back to Rainbows
While those cards are okay, in the end, I had to go back to the rainbows. Here’s how a similar design looks, but with multi-colored flowers:
Yeah, I think that last one is my favorite. What do you think?
Okay, that’s enough ink blending for a while… I think… maybe… LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by my crafty little blog! And please don’t be “bashful” – send me a note, or leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you! I’m still trying to find my “tribe”. I can’t be the only bashful optimistic vegan obsessive-compulsive cat-mommy kid-at-heart card-maker out there, can I? 🙂
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