Friday, February 17, 2017

Blessed Stars: Ink Blended and Dry Embossed Background

 Hello friends!  Todays project has a few techniques that while simple and easy are also eye-catching and dynamic.  Ink blending is such an easy and well known technique, but can be challenging to perfect.  Changing my cardstock to Bristol Smooth (I use Strathmore) was a game changer for me.  Secondly, lightening the pressure I applied made things so much easier.  By keeping your hand light, you're creating less friction between your blending tool and the surface of the paper, allowing for smoother movement and better payoff.  You can use any dye ink, not just Distress, as well as pigment inks.  Delicata brand pigment inks dry faster than any other pigment ink I know of and do not need to be heat set or embossed.  When using pigment inks to ink blend, you're applying a lighter layer, which also allows for faster drying.  I also suggest practice.  No skill gets perfected without practice, so allow yourself to have fun and relax when trying out a new technique. 
 Here is the link for the video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you are interested in how to re-create this card or learn the techniques and my supply list is below.  This would be a great design for a masculine card if you die cut the blessed from black cardstock and left off the sequins.
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
WRMK 3D Shatter embossing folder
Delicata Golden Glitz pigment ink
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet
Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz
SSS Blessed die
Fun Foam
Stick-It Sheet adhesive
PTI Simple Stars
Ranger Sparkle Black embossing powder
Little Things Iridescent White, Star Shine
Ranger Matte Medium
Neenah 110 lb cardbase

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you learned and had fun.  Be sure to let me know how you liked it or what products or techniques you'd like to see in future videos.  See you next time!

Much Love,

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