Good morning! I hope this week finds you well and that you have lovely, beautiful weather. It finally cooled off here yesterday, so y’all know I’m happy. Fall ball ends this weekend, and while I have loved watching my kids play ball this season and seeing their growth over the past couple of months, I am also looking foward to moving on to the holidays.
This week at Stamp, Ink, Paper, we have a Stencils and Masking challenge going, and we have lots of fun design team projects to inspire you. So make sure to head over to the challenge blog and play along. Just use masking and/or stencils anywhere on your project.
- Card base: Whisper White Thick, 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
- Mat: Balmy Blue, 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″
- Card front: Whisper White Regular, 4″ x 5-1/4″
- To make the background, I first taped my stencil, from the Basic Patterns Decorative Masks, and my card front to my Grid Paper with painter’s tape so the stencil wouldn’t move.
- Then I smooshed Versamark ink all over the stencil, making sure to get ink in all of the spaces.
- Then I removed the stencil, sprinkled on Gold embossing powder, and melted it with the Heat Tool (not shown).
- For the background, I was going for a look of having fall-colored leaves on the ground, then a darkening sky above that.
- I decided to try ink blending with the makeup brushes again (search “toothbrush style makeup brushes” on Amazon, and there are several inexpensive options) for my emboss resist background. I started with Poppy Parade ink at the bottom. After I got a good amount of ink and was happy with the coverage, I cleaned my brush and then added Pumpkin Pie ink above it, blending a lot for a seemless look. Above the Pumpkin Pie, I blended in Mango Melody, just a little.
- I left a little bit of white space above the Mango Melody, then started brushing on Balmy Blue ink. I brushed on quite a bit more at the top than at the horizon to achieve the ombre darkening sky look.
- After brushing and blending the ink, I wiped any excess ink off of the embossing with a microfiber cloth. Now that I’m getting the hang of blending with makeup brushes, I really like it.
- The leaves behind my sentiment are die cut from a piece of watercolor paper that I dropped several colors on for a blend of fall leaf colors (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green) using the Gathered Leaves Dies. I glued these to the card.
- The sentiment is from the Country Home stamp set, which has some of my favorite sentiment stamps. I inked up the stamp in Pumpkin Pie ink, then added Poppy Parade in a few areas with a Sponge Dauber before stamping. The sentiment is cut with the 2nd largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies and added to the card with Dimensionals.
- The ribbon for the bow is from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack.
- I colored the Rhinestones with Stampin’ Blends (you can also leave them clear). Dark Poppy Parade, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Mango Melody, and Dark Balmy Blue.
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