To create my card, I started by ink blending on a piece of A2 Lagoon Cardstock with three shades of ink from Sweet Dreams Oval Ink Set: Aqualicious, Teal Cave, and Galactic Stream using mini ink blending tools.
Then I stamped the solid images from the Leaf Canopy Stamp Set with Galactic Stream Ink around the edge of my panel using my Original MISTI Stamping Tool. You can use an Embossing Ink for stamping if you want to create a subtle tone-on-tone background.
Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Happy Dreams Stamp Set inside with Embossing Ink in the center of my panel, sprinkled some Antique Gold Embossing Powder over the sentiment, tapped the excess powder off my paper, and heat set the sentiment with my heat tool until it was completely melted.
To finish off my card, I added some tiny dots between the images using a white gel pen. The dot technique gives my card a more finished look, while small dots add subtle details to my card's design.
I made a matching envelope by stamping the same solid images from the Leaf Canopy Stamp Set on the flap of my envelope. I used three shades of ink from Sweet Dreams Oval Ink Set to achieve an ombre look on the images.
For my second card, I created my ink blended background using the ink colors from Warm and Cozy Oval Ink Set: Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, and Firebrick.
To add a messy yet beautiful golden accent on my card front, I applied Embossing Ink directly along the top/bottom of my panel and heat embossed the areas using Antique Gold Embossing Powder. It was my first time trying messy heat embossing and I had so much fun!
It’s a shame that my camera failed to catch the gradient look of my inked background. The colors look more dramatic and beautiful in real life.
Which card do you like better? The red card with gold heat embossed accent? Or the blue card with white dots? Please leave a comment below – I’d love to hear from you. That’s all for my cards today. Hope you love what I've created.
That is it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!