Using Ink Blending with a Detailed Background Stamp

The Latest Freshly Made Sketch Challenge

I just love the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge blog.  Their sketches are so wonderful because they allow for a lot of creative freedom.  They never fail me when I’m in a little bit of a creative slump.  If you’ve lost your creative mojo, you should definitely check them out!  They even have all of their sketches archived.

Here is this week’s sketch…               and this is what I came up with…

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My Empty Nest Creations Distress Ink Blended Rainbow Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started with an A2 size piece of Bristol paper and white heat embossed it using the Hero Arts wave background stamp.  This was my first time using this stamp.  I always worry a bit when I’m using a detailed background stamp, but let me tell you, it stamped beautifully!  I just love Hero Arts stamps and my Misti of course.

Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet), I ink blended the whole piece in a rainbow like design.  I die cut a frame from the Lil’ Inker Designs Dual Dotted Rectangles die set, and glued it on the left side of my card front.  I cut away the part of the frame that wasn’t attached to the card front, and using the same Distress Inks, I ink blended the frame to match the base.  I love how the frame got a little bit of the deeper colors.  I think this prevented it from disappearing into the background a little.

Now for the sentiment…I’ve been wanting to try the Hello die from Mama Elephant for a while.  I gold heat embossed it twice to give it a little dimension and adhered it in the bottom left corner of the frame.  I cut off the front portion of the die cut that didn’t fit on the card.  For a few final touches, I glued a some sequins just above the greeting.  I trimmed the card front just a smidge (is that a word?) because I wanted the Neenah Solar White 110# card base to frame this colorful piece.

I hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Supplies Used:

Hero Arts Wave Background stamp, Recollections Snow and Gold embossing powders, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Lil’ Inker Designs Dual Dotted Rectangles die set, Mama Elephant Hello die, Neenah Solar White 110# card stock

Need Creative MoJo?

CAS(E) this sketch #211 To The Rescue

Here’s their newest sketch…

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This sketch is perfect for so many beautiful floral stamps out there.  Because I just received my first Unity Stamp Company order, I was excited to use one of them.  I chose their Steps of Courage set for my floral image.

 

 

 

Here’s my card…My Empty Nest Creations card using Zig Clean Color Markers

I started with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Bristol paper.  I white heat embossed my floral image on the bottom right corner.  I knew that I wanted a soft look, so I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and used a water brush to apply the color.  After coloring the flowers, leaves and stems, I applied a very light wash of light blue around the image.  I drew a rough square around the card making sure to leave a space where the flowers met the bottom.

It took me a while to decide on where to place my greeting.  I knew the sketch had the sentiment closer to the bottom, but I felt it detracted from the pretty flowers.  I decided to place it higher on the card.  I white heat embossed a greeting from Technique Tuesday’s Beautiful Bouquet stamp set on to black card stock.  I felt it was a little plain, so I added a slight lavender mat around the fishtail greeting.  I then adhered it with fun foam to add dimension.

For some final touches, I glued a few sequins (2 black and 1 iridescent) near the flowers.  To soften the brightness of the card, I sprayed some black watercolor over the whole thing to get those small black flecks.  I attached the card front to a top folding gray card base.

I hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Supplies Used: Unity Stamp Company “Steps of Courage” stamp set, Technique Tuesday Beautiful Bouquet stamp set, Recollections snow embossing powder, Versamark ink, Zig Clean Color markers, Craft Medley sequins, Bazzill Alpaca card stock, Bristol paper

 

 

This Week’s Freshly Made Sketch Entry

Once again, I’ve gone to one of my absolute favorite card sketch sites to get some inspiration.  Freshly Made Sketches is a great card challenge site that you must really check out!

When I first saw this week’s sketch, I immediately thought of washi tape.  I don’t know where that came from because I don’t think that I’ve ever used washi tape on any craft item.  My small stash tends to be used to hold card pieces down when I’m die cutting.  I went with my idea, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

Here’s the latest FMS…

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and here’s my card…

Freshly Made Sketch #273 found on www.myemptynestcreations.com

I chose 3 of my favorite washi tape designs that coordinated pretty well together.  I simply ripped a piece (no measuring or cutting with scissors here) of each and placed them on a piece of white card stock.  I then matted that piece with some blue card stock and then adhered that to my A2 top folding card base.

Using one of my favorite heart stamps, Hero Arts Patterned Heart, I heat embossed it with Recollections gold embossing powder.  The heart is attached with dimensional adhesive.  All that was left was the greeting.  I decided on one of the greetings from Simon Says Stamp’s Hydrangea Blooms stamp set.

I hope you like it!

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My Latest Ink Blended Card

I haven’t made anything for several days, and I can always tell when it’s time to create.  So, I pulled out some newly purchased stamps from Lil’ Inker Designs (I just love their stuff), and went to work.

Distress Ink Blended Thank You Card by My Empty Nest CreationsOf course, I started with my favorite card size, A2 4.25″ x 5.5″, made from Neenah Solar White 110# card stock.  I then cut another 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of white card stock for my ink blending and embossing layer.  First, I white heat embossed the floral images from Lil’ Inker’s Inky Flowers stamp set.  I knew that I wanted the flowers to be on a good portion of the card, so I had to do this in multiple steps because of the size of the images.  Then, I set to work on my ink blending.  I used both Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet Distress Inks.  After I was done ink blending, I gently rubbed a baby wipe across the floral images to remove any ink that may have landed on the white embossed areas.  To finish the base layer, I sprayed a light water mist over the top.  (I just love to watch Distress Inks react with water.)  For one last detail, I spritzed my Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz over the enter surface to give it a little sparkle.  In order to do something a little different than just adhering this whole piece on the card base, I decided to cut it up in a few pieces.  After I cut them, I felt that they needed a little something to help define the edges a bit, so I used my ink blending tool and gave the edges another layer of ink.  I arranged the pieces so that there was a slight gap between them when I adhered them with dimensional adhesive.  That left just the greeting.  I thought that a silver embossed greeting would blend perfectly with the Distress Ink colors that I chose.  I cut a thank you greeting from Heidi Swapp’s thank you die and cut it in half so that I had a two word greeting.  I silver heat embossed it with Zing Silver Metallic embossing powder.  I just love how embossing a die cut gives it so much dimension.  To finish it off, I glued the greeting on the top with some liquid glue.

I hope you like it!

Freshly Made Sketches #271

Once again, I’m enjoying the sketches from Freshly Made Sketches.  I just love how they are simple, but allow for a lot of interpretation.  It truly is a great site.  Be sure to check them out!

Here is the most recent sketch…

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and here is my interpretation…

1_20_17-floral-gray-get-well-card-img_0815I used two different stamp sets for the floral piece—Altenew’s Adore You and Stampendous’ Fronds.  I stamped them in Versafine Black (my favorite crisp black ink), and did just a little Copic coloring.  I didn’t intend to do such a large gray outline with my Copic marker until it decided to just leak on my image.  I’m not sure why that happened, but it has definitely happened before.  Oh well…I think I camouflaged it pretty well.

I then cut my piece apart to allow for my greeting.  I knew I wanted a white embossed greeting on black, so I played around with various greetings until I decided on this one from My Favorite Things Delicate Pretty PoppiesI cut my black mat and then cut a little more off of my floral image in order to fit the greeting.  Using my powder tool to help define the area, I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

You can’t tell from the picture, but I adhered the white floral image sections with foam tape to raise them up from the black greeting area.  For final touches, I added some white dashed lines to help define the greeting and some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Red Berry.  The card base is a light gray to compliment the gray floral outline.

I hope you like it!

 

Freshly Made Sketches #269

It’s been a little while since I’ve participated in a card challenge.  I love the simplicity of Freshly Made Sketches, so I thought I’d give it a go today.  Here is the latest sketch…

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When I saw this sketch, I immediately thought of those oh so popular birch trees.  Unfortunately, I don’t own any birch tree stamps or digital files, so I went to Etsy to see what I could find.  Lo and behold, I found a lovely set of PNG and vector files from Amanda Ilkov’s Etsy shop.  Using my Silhouette Cameo, I created a few cut files for this card (the birch trees and the cardinal).

 

Here’s what I came up with…

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After cutting my files, I used Mermaid Lagoon (my new favorite) Distress Ink to ink blend the background.  I didn’t go with complete coverage because I wanted to mimic the sky.  I used a Copic marker to give some gray shading to the tree trunks.  I glued the trees to the base and used some dimensional glue dots to adhere the cardinal.  I black heat embossed the sentiment from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Yes set.  To balance the black greeting, I added a thin black strip down the left side of the card.  I sprayed some shimmer spray to give it a little extra (even though you can’t see it in the photo)!   I settled on a light gray card base and attached the panel.

I hope you like it!

 

CAS(E) Sketch #197

I’m so happy that I’ve gotten involved in a few card sketch challenges.  It has really sparked my creative juices.

Here’s the latest sketch from the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge

cts_197I have to admit, I struggled with this sketch initially.  It took a couple of “trial and error” cards to figure out what I really wanted to do.  I think where I kept getting stuck was the uphill slant on the design.

 

 

 

Here’s what I decided on…

11_8_16-homes-on-hill-holiday-card-img_0628I started with an A2 white card stock base.  I roughly masked off the bottom portion and stamped the Hero Arts Tiny Star background stamp with Versamark ink.  I heat embossed with Recollections gold embossing powder.  Then I did some ink blending for the sky using Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks.  I was careful to be light handed near the bottom portion to give the idea of a slight glow from the lighted windows.  I then die cut the houses using the Tim Holtz Townscape On the Edge die.  I cut the houses apart and backed 5 of them with light yellow card stock.  I glued them on the diagonal to represent a hill and then covered them with a basket weave embossed (We R Memory Keepers embossing folder) kraft piece.  In order to match the greeting to the sky, I ink blended a piece of white card stock.  After making sure it was completely dry, I stamped the words from the Waffle Flower Merry stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with the gold embossing powder.  As a final touch, I used my clear Wink of Stella marker on each of the windows.

I hope you like it!