Tuesday, February 12, 2019

These A2 size cards feature the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Series 4 - Block Inked Backgrounds - Part 1
This is part 4 of a series of cards created with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  What I love best about this set is the simplicity of the dandelion stamps and how well they work on patterned DSP and custom backgrounds.  I also love the "Wishing" sentiments in the set and have found lots of other sentiments that also coordinate well with this set, as you will see as we go thru this series. 

For the background on these first 2 cards applied Berry Burst and Pool Party Ink  directly onto a F Size Clear Block.  I used small cubes of ink that I had from past Paper Pumpkin Kits, but you can also use full size ink pads.

Then I used a Spritzer to spray water onto the Clear Block, until I thought the inks had run together enough to crate a nice pattern.  As you can see from these 2 samples each background is unique.

I laid a piece of Watercolor Paper onto a plastic mat and then laid the inked block onto the paper.  Let it set for a few seconds so the color will absorb into the paper, and then remove the block.  You can also spritz some additional water onto the watercolor paper if you want to blend the colors a little more.  Let the paper dry thoroughly.

The dandelions and the sentiment from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set were stamped in Memento Ink.

Then I trimmed the pieces to 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" and glued one to a standard size bottom mat of Pool Party Cardstock and the other to Berry Burst Cardstock using Tombow Glue.

I decided to use colored cardstock for the card bases so I used the opposite colors for each of the two cards.

For a finishing touch, I sprayed Shimmer Spray across the card fronts.  I often do this to cards made with Watercolor Paper.  I think it brightens up the colors.

For this card I used the same process as above but used Island Indigo and Pool Party Inks on the block. These 2 colors worked really well together to make a nice soft background.  

I mounted the top mat onto Island Indigo Cardstock and a White Card Base.  

And finished with the Shimmer Spray as above.