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Susan - Easy Ink Blending Techniques

With the right inks and the right tools, I have finally found my stride with ink blending. I love the way Distress Oxides blend and the colors are lovely. So I used them on Bristol card stock for this card. I used Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and Crackling Campfire starting at the top with the lighter colors and then moving into the darker orange/red colors at the bottom. I also blended a variety of green shades (again from lighter to darker) to get the inlay for the leaves in this Dainty Blooms cover die cut. I really felt like it needed the green here to contrast a little from the yellows and oranges and enhances the look of the card. A little more work, but for some reason, I like to do the inlays. Unless of course I lose pieces!!!!!

I darkened in the central parts of the flowers with coordinating shades of Distress Ink markers. The die cut uses a shiny black card stock which I think sets off the warm colors underneath it a bit better than just matte black. A little shine is always good!

The sentiment comes from the new Lotus Outline Stamp Set. It is stamped in a metallic archival ink called Crimson Copper, which although subtle here, I think compliments the color of the flowers near the bottom of the card. I used plain vellum to stamp the sentiment in order to allow the flowers below to show through. I added clear embossing powder on it to bring out the color and add a little shine here as well. The sentiment strip is embellished with cherry red jewels.

This picture highlights both the blending of the floral colors as well as the green inlaid leaves.

Hope you like this card. I really enjoyed making it!!

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