I really wanted to use the new Paper Smooches Paisley dies, they are fab!! I also need to improve my ink blending skills, love the look and I rarely do it. I have an incredibly heavy hand and that IS NOT what you want to have while blending!
So I started by partial die cutting the paisley images onto watercolour cardstock (I initially thought I would watercolor this piece).
I changed my mind and decided to ink blend the background instead. I picked out four shades of Distress Ink:
|Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold and Tattered Rose|
I started from the bottom of my card base with the darkest color and worked my way up to the lightest.
Now this is where things started to unravel a bit. I put a strip of washi on the base of the die cuts (the edge was a bit ragged). Well, I didn't really like that so I found an orange piece of patterned paper from Avery Elle's Brights collection and cut a thin strip.
Well, I didn't get the hearts entered and I didn't like that either. So I trimmed that little section away, which created kind of a neat look....don't get too excited.
So this is how it used to look! I liked it!! Then I wrecked it. I chose the "miss you" sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler.
Now I didn't want to use enamel dots or sequins. I should have because they are removable. So, instead I chose the Lots of Dots stamp set from Simon Says Stamp (love this set!) I stamped the top three by the sentiment first...good. Then thought the bottom right looked too bare. Stamped three there as well. Aaaand, not a fan. Looking it at it now, I really don't mind it but at the time I just didn't like it.
And I thought I would share the card I entered into the Simon Says Stamp current Flickr Challenge (#24)...Favorite Technique. Did a bit of ink blending (again) and this time some Double partial die cutting. I used the All Seasons Tree die, Stitched Squares dies and the "be" die with coordination sentiment set.
Hope you enjoyed!!