Rainbow Cloud Ink Blending | Pinkfresh Studio Cloud Builder Stencil

Hi! I’m back… Again. #SorryNotSorry

Today’s post is all about the clouds! Ok, and rainbows. And a little bit of sparkle.

You can find a video for this on my YouTube channel.

I do love a good cloud stencil and this one, Cloud Builder Stencil, is no exception. Add in ink blending and I’m a happy, happy gal.

The Big Ink Pads, which are 30% off until the 17th of December with the code INKPADS30, blend beautifully. I took the lightest one of each colour, from top to bottom: Slumber, Sky Blue, Ocean Breeze, Mint, Fresh Pear, Lemon Whip, Peach Fuzz, Coral Reef, Ballet Slipper and Soft Lilac. I did also add in Sparkling Rose, which is the second lightest pink.

This is actually Neenah Solar White #110 card stock and the inks blend amazingly!

Blender Brushes is not for everyone, but for me, they have totally changed my ink blending world. I didn’t always get such good results with the foam pad style tool, but I have always loved the look so I am so happy about the results I get from the brushes. I have both the ones from Taylored Expressions as well as a jungle of Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, and I can recommend them both.

After I finished with the ink blending, I decided to add some sparkle to the panel with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone. I used the Cloud Builder Stencil as a guide and added the Glimmer Paste to about every other cloud line.

This one I haven’t finished into a card, because I’m that weirdo that doesn’t actually use all my backgrounds. Especially the ones I really love! Oh well, I might just put that on my notice board for colourful inspiration.

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post as well. I am actually planning on putting up both a more condensed YouTube video for this, as well as a ‘real time’ video so you can see exactly the speed I’m going at when ink blending to get the results I’m getting.

Los of love and happy crafting from Erica

Have a Dinomite Halloween!

Boo!

I know it’s a bit early for trick or treating but I simply could not resist making a few Halloween cards with the super adorable little dinosaur from the Dinomite Halloween set. This one is from the Essentials by Ellen September release. If you missed my big news (eeep!) that I was a guest designer for Ellen Hutson in their release hop, check out that post HERE.

For these cards I have done my usual thing of using the same stuff, but changing up colours and add-ons for different looks. I will link all the products I’ve used at the bottom of this post, as well as throughout, in case you want to grab one or two.. or five… (no judgement!) for yourself.

As I knew I was going to do some ink blending on both of the cards, I started out by cutting out two 5.5″x4.25″ panels out of Bristol Vellum card stock. After using my anti-static tool on both of them I placed them in my MISTI, and then added the images I wanted from the Dinomite Halloween set as well as the Booyah set.

I’ve used Embossing ink from Inkon3 on both, and Arctic White embossing powder on one and Black on the other. After setting these with my heat-gun, they immediately look different!

I’ve used Distress Oxide inks for the ink blending and the rainbow-a-licious Blender Brushes from Taylored Expression. They are so pretty and colourful, I’d love to have a set just as decoration in my craft room! But that would be crazy… right? You can also use the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios.

Ok, back to the cardmaking! On this first panel you can see how it looks right after the ink blending is done. From top to bottom I’ve used Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. The white embossing isn’t very white at all, is it? This used to bug me so badly until I realised I can just wipe it off, lol!

To begin with, I gently rub an old kitchen towel over the images and then I go over them again with a very lightly wet paper towel. It makes such a difference!

On the panel with the black heat embossing I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserve. I think it would have looked better with more reds and not have the Seedless Preserve on it but oh well.

You would think it wouldn’t be necessary to do it on the black heat embossing but I did, and it really made the images pop!

My first dino was coloured purple. I’m not really a big fan of purple for myself but I LOVE purple dinosaurs for some reason. This one got a few accessories done too. I used all the markers in the photo to do the colouring, although the Cool Greys I used on the hat, his tummy and freckles are not pictured.

The second dino was done in bright teal and yellows!

Once I had all my images coloured in and cut out, using the coordinating Dinomite Halloween designer dies, I set about putting the cards together. After pairing up accessories and adding the dinos to the cards I decided to also use the Boo & Treat word dies to add one final flourish. I cut them out of both white card stock and black to see what looked best.

Originally I thought about layering these up but it just didn’t look right. I’m not sure why as usually I love that look. Next I tried adding some colour to the bottom of the white. It’s just a little bit of leftover Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade inks on the brushes. I didn’t even need to add more.

In the end though, I used the black Boo on one and the black Treat on the second card.

It turned out so fun with the mix of heat embossed sentiments and images and the added diecut word. Plus I love that little mask for the dino too!

I think the choice of black Boo & Treat diecuts was the right one. They just pop a bit more, don’t you think? On this card I also added a bunch of pumpkins to cover up the larger candy corn image. Again, just to change things up a little bit without making any drastic changes.

Well, that’s it from me for today! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed these cards. If you decide to pick up a few of these fun Ellen Hutson goodies, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider using my affiliate links when you shop. Every little helps and any money I make goes directly to the running of this blog, my YouTube channel and giving you all fun and creative content. Thank you so much for your support in keeping my dream going, I really, really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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You’re Super Card for MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 448

Hi guys!

Today’s post is a card for this week’s MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge. MFT Stamps run a weekly sketch challenge, which you can read all about on their blog. It’s a great way to juice up your mojo! This week’s sketch, MFTWSC448, looks like this:

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I decided to use the fun MFT Stamps You’re Super stamp stand colouring it with Copic markers. On Copic friendly card stock I stamped up the super girl with Blackout Detail Ink from Ink On 3. I, of course, used my Mini MISTI for this to make sure I got a good coverage. This stamp set has coordinating diecuts but I decided to do a reasonably flat card today.

If you are more of a video tutorial person, I have a video up on my YouTube channel too. Hop on over there if you want to see the card making in action.

After finishing the colouring I stamped up the super girl on masking paper and fussy cut the image out. With a little bit of finesse, I added the mask to the girl and got a stencil out. The one I picked out is Rays The Roof from Heffy Doodle and it was still tacky from the Pixie Spray I used on it last time so no need to add more!

The Distress Oxide inks I settled on are Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed. These I ink blended onto the panel using my gorgeous Blender Brushes from Taylored Expression. 

Once the ink blending was done I trimmed down the panel just a tad. It was 5.5″x4.25″ to begin with but I only trimmed down a few millimetres so that the black card base would frame the panel.

I decided to heat emboss the sentiments from the You’re Super stamp set on strips of Black Licorice card stock. To make sure they were straight I used my Mini MISTI. The embossing powder is from Ink On 3 and is called Arctic White.

With these done, it was time to assemble! Which didn’t take long actually, lol!

That’s it from me for today. I have used some compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly if you use these to buy yourself a something pretty *wink wink* At no extra cost to you, of course. The other links are there purely for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you to hop on the fun with the Sketch Challenge!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica