I hope you are all having a fabulous day! I just realised it has been a super long time since I have posted anything here on my blog.The reason.... my beautiful boys.
I had a second son in October last year and he along with his older brother have been keeping me super busy. Our youngest son has some health issues too so we have been busier than we anticipated. Prior to giving birth I was feeling quite sick and tired and therefore didn't get any free time to be crafting let alone blogging.
Since my last post here on my blog I have actually done quite a lot of crafting, I just haven't blogged about it, instead finding only time enough to post to Instagram. I decided a few months back to streamline my Instagram accounts.
So I now have one for personal and one for my crafting. Let me just say, it took forever, and I am sure that I lost some followers along the way. I am happy with the overall result though. I couldn't figure out a transfer my crafty pictures (bummer!!) so I have re posted my favourite cards... those which I still had photos of... to my new account.
It feels so great to get back into blogging, and what better way than to start with a card share as a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I forgot how much I love Altenew's classes! I really would recommend them to any card maker, no matter your level. I found that coming back to the classes was super helpful to get out of a creative rut or just to refresh my skills and revisit some techniques I don't use often.
I took the "Easy Ink Blending Techniques" class as a refresher and had a great time. I haven't used my distress inks in such a long time. But I took to them like two old friends meeting after a long time apart, catching up like no time had passed.
|detail of ink blending on Bristol paper|
I used only three colours for my ink blend, an old time favourite ink blending trio of Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers. I not only love these colours in their own right, but also the pretty colours they produce when blended together. The paper you use to blend on really does make a difference too. If you have never tried ink blending on Bristol paper you are missing out. Seriously, the colours blend like butter. Seeing the colours blend before your eyes really is amazing.
|detail of emboss resist and the dimension of the card|
I revisited the emboss resist technique and ink blended over the top. I forgot how amazing this technique turns out, and decided to make it the feature of the card I created. I will never tire of seeing the image "come to life" when you blend ink over the top. Don't forget to have a dry cloth handy too, to make sure you get rid of all of the ink from the embossed area.
To finish off my card I cut out a circle from a piece of Neenah Solar white card stock than I embossed using a wood grain embossing folder from my stash. I actually cut this panel first, before arranging my stamps for the inked panel, so that I could make sure I had the placement of the stamps just right. I added this piece on top of my ink blended panel using some foam tape.
The panel with the ink blending was pretty as is, but I decided to add further ink blended pieces to the card. So I did the same ink blending as before, only this time I cut the images out using the coordinating dies. I adhered these in a way I liked then added a sentiment and some clear sequins. I love the Label Love stamp set to add a sentiment to a card for those occasions when you need some added colour. In this case it helped to even out my top heavy card.
I hope you have enjoyed visiting my page again (or for the first time).
Hopefully I will have some more projects to post soon as I get back into the swing of blogging again.
Have an awesome day,