Hello friends. Today I have a bit of a stamping technique themed post, using ink blending and the Stampin' Up! Perched in a Tree stamp set. I want to show you how I stamped and added colour over a darkish ink blended background. I have also used the new Countryside corners bundle for my stamped layer shape and the border.
I made a heap of blended backgrounds this week in one of my Create and Connect Zoom stamping sessions with my team members. Each month we get together 1-2 times to stamp together and catch up on everyone's lives. It's a really lovely social team activity and we all work on our own projects. My team love the opportunity to make and build new crafty friendships, and to see what others are creating.
Step by Step Instructions
I started with creating an ink blended background using my Stampin' Up! blending brushes on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I have a different blending brush for each colour so I don't need to clean them between use. For this background I used from top to bottom: Soft Sea Foam, Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray and then a bit of Memento Black on the bottom. I usually add the top and bottom colours (although in this case I started with the Basic Gray on the bottom) and then add in the third colour to blend together. I created a VIDEO a while back showing how I use the blending brushes.
Once I had finished blending, I stamped the bird and branch image from the Stampin' Up! Perched in a Tree stamp set in black Stazon onto the blended background.
Next I used a Water Painter to 'colour' in the bird and branch, which essentially lifts ink from that area of the image. The more water you add, the more the colour lifts.
The next step in the process is to add some colour back. I used my Water Painters to add some Blueberry Bushel ink and some Pebbled Path.
After this step I also added some white and Early Espresso using Watercolour Pencils (from Assortment 1).
For the next step I cut the inked panel out using the second largest Countryside Corners dies. I mounted this (with Dimensionals) onto the largest Countryside Corners Die in Gray Granite. Before I cut this one, I stamped the Countryside Corners stamp set onto it in Pebbled Path (this was really easy to do as the stamp is just one piece, and the dies cut out whichever sections you want so you can make a solid shape or a frame with or without the border stamping).
To finish my card I stamped a sentiment from Inked and Tiled and cut it out with the Double Oval punch. This is mounted with Dimensionals. My final step was to add a linen thread bow at the top of the card (secured with a Mini Glue Dot).
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