Today I am popping in with a card I made for Catherine Pooler’s Stamp Nation’s celebration of World Card Making Day 2019.
I was challenged to use the Swedish Midsommar (as in Midsummer) as inspiration to create a collage and use that for my card. Here is my collage:
And here is my card:
To create this I used a whole array of luscious inks from Catherine Pooler, as well as a stencil called Twisted Sunburst. I used my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios for the ink blending part, and I also created a negative mask to make sure I didn’t muddle up the colours.
The inks I have used are shown here:
However, before I got to this stage I stamped up all my inks on strips of paper to make swatches. This is great to have when you need to know what a colour will look like when it’s dry. Creating swatches is also relaxing and fun so win-win!
Something I use all the time now, when I do ink blending over stencils, is the brilliant invention of Pixie Spray. It’s so great and it makes such a difference! If you struggle with stencils flapping about when you try doing ink blending, this stuff is for you.
As I mentioned, I created a negative mask of sorts, to keep the areas of ink blending from getting muddled. To create this “mask” I used a thin sheet of printer paper and rubbed a pencil over it, with the stencil under, so it created the same pattern.
With the help of a small pair of scissors and a scalpel, I cut out a hole big enough for two of the rays. Then I erased the rest of the marks with an eraser.
I had to repeat this process four more times to make sure the ink that got on the paper, didn’t transfer to the area I was working on. And I used a different Life Changing Blender Brush for each colour family to avoid colour contamination.
When all the sections were covered with ink, I dabbed a VersaMark inkpad ALL over the panel. Not just a little, but a lot! After removing the stencil, I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder from WOW! Embossing Powder all over it and made sure it was very well covered. I used a cork mat to spare my fingers during the heat embossing part as it took a little while to melt it all.
Well worth the effort though, right?? I love how it turned out! To finish it off, I heat embossed a round sentiment from the Happiness Enclosed stamp set, in Opaque Bright White embossing powder, on black card stock. Using scissors I fussy cut this out and added it to the card with foam tape. With that, the card was done!
What do you think?
Well, that’s it from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to check out Stamp Nation for giveaway and prizes! Affiliate links supplied at no extra cost to you, throughout post.
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica