Today I have my next DT post for Crafts-U-Love using the ‘Always Flowers’ stamp set by Pink Fresh Studio. As usual, links to all the products are at the end of my post.
I noticed that my past couple of DT cards have been rather pink, so I was determined to use a different palette this time!
Step 1 – ink blending
Over the past few years, my style has definitely changed and I always tend to make my own backgrounds. My piles of pretty patterned paper are quite unloved, but I just can’t bear to part with them. I’m sure I’ll end up using them at some point (maybe!).
Anyway, when I started on today’s card, I hadn’t decided the size, so I used a larger piece of cardstock and blended three distress oxide inks. This ink is fabulous for blending!
Step 2 – stamping
Once I was happy with my blending, I randomly stamped images from the stamp set.
Step 3 – ink lifting
One of my favourite techniques with distress ink (regular and oxide) is ink lifting. I usually do this with larger images, but it’s easy to do with smaller images too. I simply ‘painted’ water onto each image and then blotted it off to remove the ink. As usual, when working with smaller images, it’s best to use a small brush for all that detail work, and also ensure that the brush isn’t too wet. I also made sure to wipe off my brush at regular intervals – otherwise I’d start applying some of the colour I’d just removed!!
Quick, easy and effective! Once I finished, I almost stopped and started to assemble the card as I love the effect so much!
Step 4 – colouring
But in the end I decided to watercolour the images using my distress inks, diluted with a bit of water.
After colouring the images, I felt that the gaps between the images was a little too large so I stamped a couple of images from the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Happy’ set.
I then cut down the panel to fit on a square card base. I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment onto a strip of card which I adhered to the base. (The remainder of the background card will go into my ‘bases box’ as I know I can use it on another card!) I then stamped, coloured and fussy cut a couple of flowers and adhered them and a few gems to finish off the card.
I’m also entering this card into the current Pinkfresh Studio challenge as I was inspired by their summer theme and loved their colour palette (although I was determined to stay away from pink!)
Thanks for stopping by!
Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
Pinkfresh Studio – Always Flowers stamp set*
Hero Arts – Happy Birthday Messages stamp set
Pinkfresh Studio – Word series stamp set – Happy*
Distress Oxide ink
Papermania adhesive stones*