Today’s Technique — Bright and Cheery

Today’s technique is an oldie but goody that I learned years ago, then refined through the beautiful examples at Art Impressions. (More on Art Impressions to come in another post.) It uses the ink pad itself as the coloring agent. I gave it a bit of an update by using these delicate flowers from Altenew’s Persian Motif set.

Altenew hello 648 DSC_0597

I stamped the flowers in a random pattern using Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Spectrum multi-color ink pad. Then I used a water brush to carefully make the ink bleed into the design. Because the delicate outline design doesn’t hold much ink, the bleed here is subtle. You can see the difference on the “Hello” portion, where I dragged the edge of the die cut (Sizzix word label die) directly across the rainbow ink pad.

The “hello” sentiment is also from Altenew, from the Halftone Hello set. Love this set!

After the panel dried I edged it with black marker, added the self-adhesive Basic Grey paper ribbon on the left side and attached the panel to my card front (a discontinued Paper Source square card I cut down so it opens from the top). The sentiment was popped up with foam dots and I added a few Robin’s Nest Dew Drops to the bottom using Glossy Accents.

The next card uses the largest image from the same set:

Altenew 648 poppy card DSC_0595

The flower was heat embossed in black and colored with Distress markers (scribbled on a craft sheet and picked up with my water brush). I couldn’t resist adding a Wink of Stella glitter to the centers of the flower. The flower was then fussy-cut and set aside while I built the card using a papaya cardstock from the Paper Source. The lattice die is from Spellbinders. The sentiment was white embossed on a piece of scrap papaya paper, cut into a flag and mounted, aligned with the left side of the card front. The flower was the final step, mounted with Tombow Power Adhesive to the front of the card.

Thanks for visiting!