Monday, March 16, 2015

A Blended Ink Thank You!

This card is going to be entered in the Lawnscaping Challenge!  If you're interested in having a look at all the great work that gets posted over there, follow the link!

With spring hopefully just around the corner, I'm finding myself drawn to more earthy, warm colours.  So when I was brainstorming my next post and video, I automatically reached for browns, greens, and yellows (with a little blue thrown in for good measure).

One of the first techniques I tackled way back when, was blending distress inks.  I've always been drawn to colours and different shades, values and saturation levels of colours, and putting colours together to create a feeling or mood.

Years ago I worked as a graphic artist doing magazine advertising, and I think it was the freedom in use of colour that drew me to the profession.  Unfortunately, all the work was done on computer and I really missed the "getting my hands dirty" part.

For various reasons I left the profession and moved onto other things, but the things I learned have always stuck with me and have been really quite valuable in my later endeavours!

Ok... Enough story-telling.  Let's get back to the card.

As I said, I wanted some warm colours, and I knew I wanted to incorporate ink blending.  I love the versatility of distress ink, so I rummaged through my stuff and and idea was born.

I used four colours of Ranger Distress Ink and ink blending tools (also by Ranger).  The pattern was achieved by taking a stamp, inking it with Versamark and then loading water to the stamp.  I shook off the excess water so I didn't flood the card, and let the magic happen.  I used a paintbrush dipped in water, and flicked it over the card to create the water spots.  It's such an easy process with dramatic and always unique results.

The sentiment, a very simple "thank you", was heat embossed on a small piece of Early Espresso card stock by Stampin' Up!.  I used champagne coloured embossing powder.  It's such a gorgeous colour and complimented the colours of the card perfectly.

As always, I can't leave the inside naked, so I adhered a piece of Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock using an ATG gun, and stamped the same flourish once in Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip ink.  I stamped it off twice on scrap paper so that the brown of the ink was a little more muted. 

I have to say, I love the way this card turned out.  From the colours, the card stock, the distressed focal image - everything just came out exactly as I'd imagined it!

Check out the video to see it all come together:

See you next time!

Card - Sizes

Finished card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
Card Base:  4.25" x 11", scored and folded at 5-1/2"
Focal Image: 3" x 4-1/4"
Early Espresso layer: 3-1/8" x 4-5/16"
Mossy Meadow layer: 3-1/4" x 4-9/16"

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  1. Lovely card. The colors chosen look great together.

  2. I love techniques too- love this fun card and your waterstamping on the distress inks turned out beautifully!

  3. Lovely card!! Beautiful colors!!

  4. Beautiful card! I really love the bright and vibrant colors in the background! Thanks so much for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge!