Have you tried our new Blending Brushes yet? I love them, they are super soft and make making beautifully blended backgrounds much easier than using sponges as they leave no lines.
For this card I’ve used the Detailed Hearts Die as a stencil instead of a die. I first used the brushes to blend a layer of Flirty Flamingo all over the card. I then place over the die, held in palce with washi tape and used the brushes with Real Red, making the blending darker down the centre of the card. I love the effect this has created.
I stamped Happy Valentine’s Day from the Heart to Heart stamp set onto a label cut from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I added a little touch of the Real Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon to the edge of the label and finished the card off with some of the little Real Red Resin hearts from the Snail Mail Suite.
Sometimes I just want to stamp a pretty picture without adding in punches, die cutting and lots of colouring and the From Our House to Yours is the perfect stamp set for scene building stamping.
For the background I did some very light sponging in Pool Party and the stamped the starry night sky with Pool Party ink.
To create the rest of the scene I used another nine ink colours which you can see in the supplies below. I love how this cute little scene has turned out. With the variety of sentiments in this sewt its also possible to make cards for all year round occassions making this a very versatile addition to your collection.
For today’s card I’ve taken inspiration from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and cased the sample for Playful Penguins on page 22. The background of this card reminded my of the Northern Lights and I’ve seen numerous cards featuring this effect so I decided to have ago myself.
I used Shimmery White cardstock for my base as it has more of coating on it making blending easier. I chose a colour palette of Mint Macaron and Lovely Lipstick as the “lights” colours and Night of Navy for the sky.
Firstly blend a layer of Lovely Lipstick ink across the middle of the card, followed underneath by a layer of Mint Macaron. I used a Stamping Sponge cut into quarters for my blending. I covered the rest of the card with layers of Night of Navy ink, lighlty going over the Mint Macaron and Lovely Lipstick and going darker towards the edges.
To add a star effect I used some of the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and flicked it across the blended cardstock using an old paintbrush.
I fussy cut out two of the Playful Penguins and coloured their feet at beaks with some dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the greeting on an oval from the Layering Ovals dies and then tucked this under the penguins wings.
I love how this background turned out and can’t wait to make more cards with the same technique soon.
Card Base: Half sheet A4 cardstock cut at 14.9cm x 21cm, scored at 10.5cm
Silver Foil Layer: 14.4cm x 10cm
Ink Blended Layer: 13.9cm x 9.5cm