Welcome back! Today I am sharing four FUN cards. All a little different and with plenty of ink blending. Let’s get started with what you will need for these projects.
- White card stock
- Gina K Seaglass & Wild Dandelion card stock
- Gina K White Embossing Powder
- Heat Gun and Anti-Static tool
- Copic Friendly Black Ink
- Neenah Dessert Storm card stock
- Foam Squares
- White and red pearls
- Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
- Copic Markers: Y17, Y15, YG68, R29, R08, YG03, YG25, E40, E41, E42, E44
- Heart Stickers
- Blending Brushes or Blending Foams
- Purple Masking Tape
- Yellow Peel Offs from Love from Lizi
- Catherine Pooler Inks: Tiara, Grape Crush, It’s a boy, It’s a Girl, Orange Twist
- Gina K Ink Cubes: Wild Dandelion and Sweet Mango
- Gina K Circle Stitched Dies
- Gina k Square Stitched Dies
- Microfiber cloth
- MFT Die-Namics Square Peek-A-Boo Window die
- Say It Big Stamp from Unity
- Birthday Go Round Stamp from Unity
- Beautiful is Never Perfect Stamp from Unity
- Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes Stamp from Unity
- Spark Stamp from Unity
- Lil’ Bloomin’ Owl Stamp from Unity
- One Crazy Bird Stamp from Unity
We are going to start with this super simple card, which really does not need much explanation. After stamping this cute little bird with a copic friendly black ink in the left bottom corner and coloring her, the card is almost finished. The bird is from the One Crazy Bird Stamp from Unity. The sentiment is from the Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes Stamp set. I’ve included the links in the supply lists above. At the end I added a few heart stickers as embellishments to make her little stamped hearts pop a little more.
I started playing a little bit with my new Ink blending brushes from Taylored Expressions. And before I knew it, I had a couple of backgrounds made. I used Catherine Pooler inks for my blending. From bottom to top, these colors were used: It’s a Girl, Orange Twist, Tiara, It’s a boy, Grape Crush. After blending was complete, I let it fully dry because if you want to heat emboss, you want to make sure the embossing powder won’t stick to your not-so-dry ink.
I decided to stamp the sentiment from the Birthday Go Round Stamp set. I inked the sun looking circle stamp with Wild Dandelion from Gina K and then added Sweet Mango on the inside edges of the stamp. After stamping the sentiment in the middle with black ink, I used Gina K’s circle stitched dies to cut out the “sun” and a little bigger circle from Gina K’s Seaglass card stock.
The only thing left to do was to stamp the feather image from the Beautiful Is Never Perfect stamp set onto my background with VersaMark Ink and sprinkling it with white embossing powder and heat setting it. Then I added some yellow Peel Offs from Love from Lizi on the side of my card to give the card something extra.
I call this card a rainbow experiment because I have learned that Ink does like to stick to white embossing. Here are the steps to create this background:
- The first step was to stamp the word BEAUTIFUL (from Say It Big stamp set) all over the white card stock with VersaMark and then sprinkling white embossing powder on it and heat setting it. If I had to do it over again, I would probably use CLEAR embossing powder with the hope that it won’t absorb the color as much as the white embossing did.
- Cut a 5-inch strip of purple masking tape.
- Stick the purple tape horizontally over the card stock. Leave about half an inch of white card stock on the bottom.
- Now you can start blending your first color with a blending foam or blending brush.
- After you’ve completed the first color, take the purple tape carefully off and wipe it off with your cloth.
- Then align it over the edge of the color you just put down.
- Cut another strip of purple tape.
- Eyeball about another half inch off from your other purple tape (this is how much of the white card stock should show) and stick it down on the card stock vertically. Now you’re ready to put your second color down on the card stock.
- Now just repeat steps 5 thru 8 of this process until you’ve created a striped pattern on your background. Wipe down the embossed area with a microfiber cloth to remove the color from the card.
The rest of the card was very simple. The cute little owl from the Lil’ Blooming Owl stamp set is the perfect size. I stamped him onto white card stock with Copic friendly ink and trimmed a piece of Gina K’s Wild Dandelion card stock to fit right behind it. To color the owl, I used the following Copic colors: Y17, Y15, YG68, Y08, R29, R08, YG03, E40, E41, E42, E44. The center piece was adhered with foam squares to give it dimension and then I added a few white and red pearls to finish the card off.
The last card for today was made very similarly to the last one, except I did not stamp anything onto the background first. In other words, you blend the background with horizontal stripes just like the last card, but you stamp the images AFTER the background is blended. Make sure you let the ink dry properly before heat embossing on it with CLEAR embossing powder this time.
After you’ve heat embossed with clear embossing powder, you can now add additional color to cover the rainbow pattern. For this I recommend Distress Oxides as they will help you cover the ink you already have on paper rather than blending the current color with your new color (choose whichever color you like). Once you have finished covering your rainbow background, grab your cloth and wipe the images to get the ink off that you just applied.
After the background is complete, I used Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink to stamp the sentiment from the Spark Stamp Set onto Neenah Dessert Storm Card Stock. I recommend using a MISTI when using white ink, just so you get the coverage you’d like. For cutting this centerpiece, I used the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Peek-A-Boo Square die.
I made this card for my best friend, who is currently going through a divorce and my biggest wish for her is to come out on the other side of this experience as a much happier person.
I hope you enjoyed today’s cards. Leave me a comment with your thoughts for a chance to win some Unity Stamps!
I have a surprise card tomorrow.