AWOW Blog Hop Technique Challenge – Ink Blending with Cutest Cows

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop team are sharing the love of our favourite technique. There are so many great techniques and I can’t wait to see what everyone’s favourite is.

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The first thing that popped into my head for my favourite technique was ink blending because I seem to use it it some capacity on the majority of my cards. I managed to incorporate quite a few of my favourite techniques on my cards today as I realised there are some I tend to use quite often such as layering and colouring.

First I blended a background of Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sorbet. I had an idea of creating a background of cow spots on this background. To do this, I created a mask from Basic White Cardstock using some dies from the Pansy Patch dies which had the shapes suitable for this. Then I blended Pecan Pie and Early Espresso ink through it.

I die cut the background pieces of the greenery from Soft Sea Foam Cardstock and blended Garden Green ink over it to create a variation in colour. The layer at the back has been embossed with the Elegant Eucalyptus Embossing Folder which had the long sprigs like grass. I randomly blended some Cardstock with a range of greens and die cut the grass from it. I love how this provides different shading across the die cut pieces.

The Old Olive panel towards the front was embossed with the Fern embossing folder which added the textured look behind the grass.

As part of this challenge, we were also encouraged to double up the challenge and find out the technique of one of our team members. I really enjoy finding out more about our team like this because we are friends and it’s nice to get to know your friends better. I reached out to Danielle Kassing who let me know that her favourite technique is creating Ink Blended backgrounds (make sure you check her post out). So I’ve created a card focusing on this fun technique.

Using the large grass die cut from the Garden Meadow dies I blended a range of greens down the panel of Basic White Cardstock. This creates a fun ombre background and it’s a great way to use your different coloured ink pads.

The flowers were fussy and I added the cute cow on top. On both the cows today I added a bit of sponge daubing with Pecan Pie ink to add a dusting of earthy dirt!

A panel of White Cardstock embossed with the Stripes embossing folder adds some lovely texture. This embossing folder is part of the Stripes & Splatters pack and you can get it free with a $90 order during our Sale-A-Bration promotions which runs through until 29th February.

What is your favourite technique that you just love? Let me know in the comments. I hope that you have enjoyed the projects I’ve shared with you today and try out some of these fun techniques.

Please hop through to Cheryll Miiller to see what she is sharing with us today. I know she will have something amazing for you.

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Winter Sunset Day 7 – 30 Day Christmas Cardmaking Challenge

For my Winter Sunset theme of the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge, I went for a ink blended background to set the scene.

With a Blending Brush I added Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and a touch of So Saffron for the setting sun. I wanted to add a silhouette of trees but felt black would be too harsh so I stamped them in Highland Heather.

The penguin was a cute addition for my wintry scene. I stamped and punched it out then layered it on a another penguin which I punched out from Basic Black Cardstock. This gave it a shadow effect and added depth.

This was a quick card to make and would be great to make multiples of to help you through the Christmas rush.

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Ink Blending using Different Mediums

I’m upto Day 8 of Martin’s Mayhem #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge. It’s a technique challenge using ink blending. There are various ways to do it and several tools that you can use to blend ink on your projects. Today I’m going to show you a few mediums which you can use for ink blending.

I’ve used a few techniques as well as some different tools to show you alternative ways to create this technique. I started off with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Using a sponge brayer, I applied Blushing Bride ink, followed by Rococo Rose, Highland Heather and Seaside Spray. A Sponge Brayer gives you a smooth transition of colour. Each pack comes with 2 handles and 4 sponge rollers so you can interchange these. Just wash, dry and re-use.

I added some shadow and peaks on the snow using just the side of a sponge dauber in short flicking strokes. On this shaded background, I stamped the trees on top of the snow peaks.

For an extra element of ink blending, I die cut a label using the Tasteful Labels Dies and coloured it with Highland Heather and Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blends, blending the colours together. The label was then embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.

The deer from the Nature’s Beauty stamp set was stamped in Soft Suede ink. This was coloured with a combination of Crumb Cake and Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends.

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