Just one week til Valentine’s Day! With three kids in the mix, our recent celebrations have extended only to a card – which is a task I can live up to!
This Valentine’s Day card was the make & take project for our recent team meeting. I wanted to share the From My Heart suite with the team and also my current obsession with ink blending.
The background for this card was made using Stampin’ Up! Classic Inks – Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick & Real Red. I applied them using make up brushes – which are perfect for ink blending, and also super easy to clean.
Start with the lightest colour, making sure to swipe the brush on scrap paper first before adding ink to your cardstock. This helps to avoid harsh marks where you first put your brush. I find working in a combination of left to right and swirling circles helps me to build up the colour evenly.
Once you’ve got the desired depth of colour, ink up the brush with the next darkest colour and blend to overlap the first colour. Continue until you’ve got all colours. You can always go back and add more ink if you think certain patches or colours need it – but the trick to ink blending is to get your project to a point where the colour has been applied but it still looks a little rough and leave it to dry – that’s when the magic happens! The superior quality of our Whisper White cardstock makes it ideal for ink and it absorbs and settles beautifully. So, in this case, the advice to put down the brush and step away is worth listening to!
Although I love the smoothness of the ink layered together, I love the texture created by adding water droplets once you’ve finished with the ink blending. There are many different ways to achieve this effect – I like to squeeze water to the end of my Aqua Painter and then flick the brush end of the Aqua Painter across the lid and let the water flick everywhere. I find this gives me varying size water droplets.
With my background completed, it was time to assemble my loved up card. I cut the ink blended background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted it on a Thick Whisper White base (half an A4 sheet). I then cut the Detailed Hearts Die on Whisper White and trimmed a portion to lay across my card. I love this die! I left some of the hearts in the die cut, rather than popping them all out.
And finally the sentiment – HVD was stamped from the Heartfelt stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and the arrow in Smoky Slate. I’ve cut the hearts using the Heart Punch Pack – it has both smooth and scalloped heart bundles. Buy the punches in a 2 pack ($A59), or together with the stamp set (bundle = $A80).
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Happy crafting this weekend and have a L-O-V-E-ly week!!!