July 10, 2019

Hello!

Hope you are having a wonderful week! It is winter school holidays here. You know when you have children in school, all your routine revolves around school and school holidays. This will be the last one for me or rather for my daughter. She is in year 12 and my last child in school. So after she finishes school this year, no more school holidays for me or her. My routine will no longer follow school routine. I will have readjust to the change. I am not sure how I will feel about it. Anyway, there is still three more months until change occurs. Will deal with it then.

Rant aside, Hello and welcome! I am Gayatri, a papercrafter. Today’s project is my last one for Level 2 ACEP program from Altenew. I am so happy I took the program. I learned a lot of new techniques and refresh on the ones I already knew. So well worth it. My last class for the program is Creative Watercolor Class. I didn’t know that I could use Altenew’s inks to watercolour. I thought although they were dye inks, they don’t react with water. What was I thinking? Glad I now know Altenew inks can be used to watercolour. And did just that with my project today. Here is the card.

ACEP Creative Watercolor Media card

I used Rosie Posy mini stamp set to make this card. The intention was to stamp the entire background. But then after stamping a few accidentally diagonally, I love how it looked. So I stopped stamping. Then I used Altenew’s inks from Warm and Cozy, Tropical Forest and Tea Party ink sets to add colours to the background and to the stamped floral images.

For the background, I did the smooshing technique. I smooshed the inks on the craft mat, sprayed with water and smooshed the stamped panel on the ink. I repeated this technique for three colours. I used Sunkissed, Coral Blur and Bamboo inks. Between each ink, I dried the panel.

Used the darker shade of inks to colour the stamped images. I smooshed Parrot, Olive, Autumn Blaze and Heartbeat inks on the craft matt, added water and using the brush, I coloured the flowers and leaves. This makes the stamped images pop off the background. Once dry, I added shimmer to all of them.

The sentiment from the same mini stamp set is stamped using black ink. I trimmed the panel and adhered to the kraft card base. A few white Nuvo crystal drops to complete the card.

ACEP Creative Watercolor Media card closeup

ACEP Creative Watercolor Media card closeup1

I really love the artistic feel the smooshing and shading of stamp images gives to the card. Hope you like it too. All supplies used to make this card are listed below.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog. Have a lovely day!

July 8, 2019

Striped Ink Blending card set.

I cannot put my TE blender brushes down. In fact I am officially addicted to ink blending using those brushes. I made couple of more cards using ink blending technique and specifically striped ink blending. All products I have used to make this card set are from Taylored Expressions.

Hello and welcome! I am Gayatri, a papercrafter. Today I have two cards to share. Both uses striped ink blending techniques using TE blender brushes. Both cards uses the same products, yet one is different from the other. I just wanted to show two ways of using striped ink blended background.

Here is the cards as a set.

Striped Ink Blending card set

Striped Ink Blending card set closeup1

Striped Ink Blending card set closeup

I used masking sheet to trim to various sized strips. I used them to mask two white panels giving various width of cardstock to ink blend. Then I used TE premium dye inks and blender brushes to blend ink on the two masked panels. I went over the panels with a lighter hand first then came back multiple times to make the colours blend well and vibrant. I removed the masks to reveal the striped ink blended backgrounds.

On one of the panel, I stamped the Big Blooms Lily stamp directly a bit offset using TE Oreo hybrid ink. I used MISTI to stamp the Lily image. Using copic markers in a shade or two darker, I added shading to the lily image on the ink blended areas only. This makes the stamped image pop out of the background. This is the first method.

Striped Ink Blending card #1

For the sentiment I have already a few stamped and die cut sentiments from Simple Strips Sentiment stamp set. I used one of them on this card.

Striped Ink Blending card #1 closeup1

Striped Ink Blending card #1 closeup

For the second method, instead of stamping the image directly on the striped ink blended panel, I adhered a die cut stamped image. I stamped the Big Blooms Lily on a Sugar Cube panel using Oreo hybrid ink and die cut the image using its coordinating die. I did not colour the lily image because there is enough colours on the background. If I had coloured the stamped image, it will clash with the colourful background. And because the image is black and white, the die cut pops right out of the background panel.

Striped Ink Blending card #2

Again I used one of the sentiment strips from Simply Strips sentiment stamp set already stamped and die cut. A few white Nuvo crystal drops to complete both the cards.

Striped Ink Blending card #2 closeup2

Striped Ink Blending card #2 closeup

I love both the methods. I prefer the direct stamped and copic coloured one a tad bit more because I love the extra shading using copics markers. Which one do you prefer?

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Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog today. Hope you give this technique a go. If you do, please tag me on social media. I love to see your projects. Have a lovely Monday!

July 6, 2019

Thank You cards! Masking and Ink Blending!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! All my friends living in southern California, hope you are all safe. I am thinking of you. All the videos of earthquakes are horrible to watch. So have a safety plan and keep safe.

Hello and welcome. I am Gayatri, a papercrafter. I have a set of four thank you cards to share today. All the products used to make these cards are from Simon Says Stamp. The process of making these cards involves a lot of masking and ink blending. Both of which are my favourite techniques to do. I throughly enjoyed making these cards. I had so many mistakes on one of the card. I salvaged the card though. Let’s see if you can identify which one?

This is set #1

Thank you card set #1

Thank you card set #1 closeup

I used masking paper to cut into strips of various sizes and masked a white panels using the mask strips. Then I used Simon’s inks to sponge and blend. I used Doll Pink, Jelly Bean, Lemon Zing and Orange Slush dye inks. Then I removed the mask to reveal the striped ink blended panels. Then I stamped the flower cluster image from Strangeness stamp set on the panels in black ink. The sentiment from Say It All Friend stamp set is also stamped in black for contrast. The panels is adhered on white card base using foam adhesives. A few white Nuvo crystal drops to finish off the cards.

Card #1

Thank you set card #2

Thank you set card #2 closeup1

Thank you set card #2 closeup

Card #2

Thank you set card #1

Thank you set card #1 closeup

Thank you set card #1 closeup2

So for the next set I tried a different pattern of masking and ink blending. Making the ink blending panels was easy. But I made mistakes after mistakes stamping the floral cluster and sentiment on one card. This was the last card to finish so I can go do some errands. Well… the errands had to wait extra half hour while I fixed the mistakes and save the card.

The process of masking and ink blending and stamping is exactly the same as the previous card set. The pattern of masking was the only element different.

This is set #2

Thank you card set #2

Thank you card set #2 closeup

Card #1

Thank you set 2 card #1

Thank you set 2 card #1 closeup1

Thank you set 2 card #1 closeup

Card #2

Thank you set 2 card #2

Thank you set 2 card #2 closeup1

Thank you set 2 card #2 closeup

Did you spot the salvaged card? It the card #1 from the second set. My panel moved when I tried to restamp the floral cluster on MISTI. I was so annoyed by it. So I stamped the floral cluster on a white panel, used the coordinating die to die cut and adhered on top of the mistake stamp image on the ink blended panel. Then I stamped the sentiment and that smudged! I was besides myself with the mistake. So I stamped the sentiment again on white scrap piece of cardstock, dried the ink using heat gun and used the scissors, I cut the sentiment adhered on top of the stamped sentiment on the panel using foam adhesives. I was happy that I fixed my mistakes and was able to salvage the card. Phew!

I am liking ink blending so much. This technique has become my favourite thing to do recently. And I love colours so this technique is perfect for me. Since there is a lot of colour already on the background, I kept the floral cluster image just black and white. Hope you like all my cards today. All supplies used to make these cards are listed below.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog. Have a lovely weekend!