Hello, hello and happy Friday!
Today’s blog post is another instalment in the Concord & 9th Feature Friday series. This week we were challenged to show cards made using our favourite paper/cardstock or ink techniques. As most of you know by now, I do love me a colourful background. Yes, Siree, I do!
Ink blending is anther favourite of mine but for this post I am going to stick to mainly the card stock background one. To start with, I cut strips of the coloured cardstock into two different widths. Why not, eh, while you have your paper trimmer out??
The skinny cardstock strips, 0.6cm/0.25inches, I fanned out. To keep the pieces in place, I used PostIt tape, but low tack washi will work too. Add a little bit of adhesive to each strip, and add to a card base. I did put mine under my MISTI for a bit to make sure it dried flat and all the pieces adhered to the card base. Once the glue is dry, trim off the excess with sharp scissors.
Using the wider cardstock strips, these are about 1,25cm/0.5inches, I separated them into 2 piles based on colours that would work well together. These were then adhered to a card base each, and the excess trimmed off. If you use a lot of coloured card stock you can get a HUGE card stock bundle, with 12 sheets of each colour. If you prefer to try a small selection, get the Assorted Cardstock bundle, where you get 2 sheets of each. Then you can buy bigger single packs of the colours you end up using a lot.
The card with the skinny strips was finished with a simple sentiment from Hey Bestie, cut out with the coordinating diecut. The stamp is done with a mix of inks to create that marbled look. I used Buttercup, Sprout, Parsley and Aqua Sky. Of course I had to, HAD TO, add a generous sprinkle of sequins.
I love the simplicity of this card and the colourful background is my fave out of the three.
The next one I tackled was the darker one of the two backgrounds, and I used the gorgeous Swirls die on it to give it some texture. For the sentiment, I kept it simple again and stamped up ‘Hey Bestie, I love how we just get each other’ in Dove on white card stock. This is cut out using the small hexagon die in the Hexagon Label dies set. These two come in a Hey Bestie bundle too.
I did add some black and silver thread behind the sentiment, which is popped up with some foam tape, and that was it. Oh, and I did poke out all the little holes from the die, rather than keep them in. I like the little white polka dots added to the background.
All the crafty details are cut out of the coloured cardstock , except for the blades of the scissors and the painbrush binder, which is silver glitter card stock. The sentiment is stamped up with Mushroom and the COLOR bit is done with a colour each: Sprout, Oceanside, Midnight, Honeysuckle and Cranberry.
The sentiment block, the scissors and the paintbrush are popped up with foam tape and the rest of the details are adhered with Lawn Fawn glue tube adhesive. A little bit of white Posca pen were the last little details on this one.
I love that sentiment, and it’s so perfect for us crafty people, isn’t it? A handmade card in the mail is like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.
Right, as mentioned in the beginning, I do also LOVE ink blending. It’s my jam! The first time I tried ink blending with these inks, I did not get very good results… BUUUUUT, I realised I had used the wrong kind of paper. So naturally, I tried again, and ooooh, what a difference!
This is Strathmore Bristol Smooth, and I got not very good results on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. The packaging looks very similar but there is a BIG difference in the paper. The Smooth, is in fact, very smooth and the ink just glides on it. On the Vellum kind, I got a blotchy result and not very vivid colours. So take an extra minute to check the paper you are buying is the right kind, it will make a world of a difference!
The inks I used are Sea Glass, Aqua Sky and Oceanside and they are ink blended using Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I also added a little bit of gold splatter on it, because why not, eh? This is one of my other favourite things to do: Ink blending and adding texture by either splattering water or metallic water colours on top. I loved this combo so much, I made several backgrounds with them.
Okey-dokey, that’s it from me for today! I hope you found a ton of inspiration here and will try some of these techniques for yourself, if you haven’t already done so.
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica
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