Sometimes, inspiration comes from cards we have already created.
I was scrolling through my Facebook page and came across the first card I ever posted using Stampin’ Up! products. Lovely as a Tree was Stampin’ Up!’s longest running stamp set before it was retired in 2019. It was released in 2001, making its 18 year run the longest in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.
The background used for the October 2016 card was made using sponges or daubers. DIY backgrounds are one of my favourite things to create.
The background of the card was created using sponges and daubers, which allowed me to blend inks to make a one-of-a-kind focal point for the card. The beauty of ink blending is that you can keep adding as much as you’d like to get the depth and dimension you want. Just keep blending colours until you reach the desired effect. Stampin’ Up!’s papers and ink is that the colours are perfectly matched, so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff. You’ll have perfectly coordinated colours every time.
You can add colour with a variety of tools, including the blending brushes (available in small or large), sponges, and sponge daubers. Adding a mask element with a Post-It note adds an extra bit of interest, and the addition of Enamel Effects offers just the slightest bit of shimmer and shine, perfect for a holiday card.
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