I have a love/hate relationship with ink blending. I love the look of it, but hate the fact that I always struggle with getting it exactly how I pictured it. I’ve also never had much success with using Dye Inks.
This time around I opted to try using Altenew Crisp Dye Inks with an emboss resist technique. I wanted something festive but not overwhelming… A card that could be used for a birthday or a general cheerful note for pretty much anyone. I also opted not to use a sentiment on the front of this card to allow it to be more generic.
I started by prepping my cardstock with an anti-static powder bag in order to stop any stray embossing powder. I’ve been enjoying Brutus Monroe’s embossing powders lately and opted for the Alabaster White embossing powder to try to get high contrast with the ink blending.
I used Altenew’s Pattern Play-Circles background stamp and Versamark Ink and heat embossed my panel.
I took some Altenew Crisp Dye Inks (colours listed below) and my Picket Fences Life Changing Brushes and applied the inks diagonally onto the panel. I made sure to overlap the colours slightly to get a smoother transition.
I have always wanted to try ink splatters and thought this card needed a little something extra. I pressed my first ink cube onto an acrylic block and added a little spray of water to it. Then I took my medium sized Jane Davenport water brush and lightly flicked the colour onto the panel. I repeated this with the other three colours… And voila!
I cut the panel down to measure approximately 5.25×4″ using my Tim Holtz trimmer. I then applied some craft foam measuring 5×3.75″ on the back of the panel using my Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Then I applied to a Neenah Solar White cardstock base measuring 5.5×4.25″ folded allowing a small white border on the card.
I used one of the small circles in the stamp set to add some colour to the flap of a white envelope and the card was finished. I think it turned out pretty well.
Altenew Stamp Sets:
– Pattern Play – Circles (Altenew)
Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:
– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink
– Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster White Embossing powder
– Neenah Solar White cardstock
– MISTI Stamping Tool
– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
– Craft Foam
– Tim Holtz Tonic Comfort Paper Trimmer
– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Bender Brushes
– Jane Davenport Water Brushes