If you haven’t noticed I’m a bit of a dabbler when it comes to papercrafts. I like to try it all, scrapbooking, card making, project life and even a bit of planning now and again. And because of that I love when I come across some supplies that were made specifically for one type of papercrafting, but can translate beautifully across all the different forms. The two products, I’m using here, the stamp set and transparent stickers from the new Dear Lizzy Saturday collection, were made for scrapbooking but are literally genius for making cards with.
I was drawn to the building images in the stamp set and decided to make a city scene and mix things up with different vibrant sky colors using my Studio Calico Color Theory inks. I started by stamping the images onto my Distress Watercolor Cardstock in black waterproof ink. I then created masks for each building by stamping again onto full stick Post-it Notes and cutting those out. I really appreciate how easy the buildings are to cut out by hand. Some thought went into that and it makes creating, so much more enjoyable. Once my images were masked I began blending my inks with my Mini Ink Blending Tool.
Before choosing my colors I had to search the internet for some sky pictures. I found a few beautiful sunrise and sunset pics that filled me with color inspiration set me on the right path. I started each card by blending the bottom color over the houses first, it was also the lightest color. I then chose my second color and blended that in the middle third of the card and finally I blended the darkest colors over the top third of the card. At first I wasn’t happy with the delineations between the colors, but with more and more ink added to the card, it really began to come together and blend nicely, so keep going! After the ink was blended, I decided to add some interest to the card by spraying and sprinkling water across my colorful skies. I think this is a great way to create a more dynamic one layer card.
The last step was the easiest, thanks to those fabulous transparent stickers from Dear Lizzy. I just chose the best sentiments for the cards, added some hearts and called these little beauties done! Another advantage to using these sentiment stickers is that they are easy to peel up and re-place, which I did multiple times until I found the perfect placement. That would not have been possible if I had been stamping.
I hope you’re inspired to try some ink blending and to get creative with your supplies. Making something to brighten someone’s day doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming and I love that!
Happy Crafting Friends!!
Supplies: Stamps – Dear Lizzy Collection Saturday Clear Acrylic Stamps; Stickers – Dear Lizzy Collection Saturday Black Varnish Stickers; Ink – Studio Calico Color Theory Dye Ink Pads (Sunny Day, Lemon Zest, Orange County, Flamingo, Poppy, Clear Blue), Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black); Tools – Full Stick Post-it Notes, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Tim Holtz Precision Scissors, Distress Watercolor Cardstock.