Hi friends! Emily here today to share a card with you that showcases how beautifully our inks blend. It took me a while to jump on the ink blending bandwagon, but now that I’m in, I want to blend ink on every. little. thing. It’s a sickness.
Now, if you follow me on Instagram (I’m eamidgett), you will have seen a sneak peek of a blended panel that I was playing with last week. I have a slight obsession with aqua (turquoise, teal, pool, and all other variations included), and so wanted to make an entire ombre panel using the Minted Couture Color Collection. I started out just “playing” but ended up with a panel that I loved so much that I wanted to incorporate it into my blog post project.
These inks blend so very, very easily, even on less-than fantastic card stock. (which is what I used for this panel… as I said, I was just playing around.) Now, in my opinion, the key to blending with The Ton’s inks (as with most inks) is to use a very light hand. I keep my round blending tool at an angle, so as to attempt to avoid those unsightly little marks that come with too heavy a hand, and just start off very lightly adding color until I have the paper as saturated as I’d envisioned. If you’re using multiple colors, you can always go back in and blend the colors to get a smoother transition to each color. I started with the lightest color (Lofty Mint) on the top third, then the middle color (Bright Emerald), then the darkest shade (Hot Tourmaline), and I went back with a very light touch to add more of both colors at each point of transition.
After I blended the panel, I die cut it with our Geometric Lattice Cover Plate Die (that thing is killer! So gorgeous.) I backed it with some silvery shimmer paper and adhered it to the card front. The next step was the flowers… Oh, how I love these orchids. My hubby has given me orchids on Valentine’s Day a few times, but my black thumb was able to make certain that, once the initial blooms died, no new ones returned. (sadface!) So it pleases me immensely to be able to figuratively “grow” my own garden of orchids with the Fresh Cut Orchids stamp set, and when stamped with the Orchid Couture Color Collection, they look almost real. I stamped them, fussy cut them, and then stamped the greeting (also from Fresh Cut Orchids) on a strip of white card stock using Noir Dye Ink. The card’s layout is so simple, it’s almost embarrassing. I simply arranged the orchids and leaves in a little spray around the end of the sentiment strip, then added a few Glass Slippers and Wedding Dress gilding to balance the layout.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! I’m going to be donating this, along with many other cards that I’ve been posting on my personal blog, to the Lasting Hearts Card Drive. What a wonderful cause. I know that many Instagram users have been posting their donations, and I’m so happy to be able to help, as well. If you’d like to know more information, you can check out Jennifer McGuire’s post HERE.
That’s all for me today. I hope you’ll try blending The Ton’s ink line, if you haven’t already! You’ll love the results!