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AECP Easy Ink blending techniques

Hi all! Today I am sharing the project that I made for the AECP Level 1 Easy Ink blending techniques class with Amy Lee. She shared so many fun techniques in this class it was hard to choose what to do, but I finally decided on the faux watercolor techniques as well as the emboss resist.

I stared with a piece of Canson XL 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper sized a bit larger than an A2 card size because I knew that I would want to cut the paper down. I used the Altenew Leaf Canopy set for this card (have I mentioned that this is my FAVORITE?). I just love these leaves and they work for any occasion! I placed the large leaf set in my Misti and stamped it with VersaFine clear embossing ink and the added Stampendous fine white embossing powder and set with my heat tool. I then turned the paper and positioned the stamp again and repeated the process. I then took the smaller leaf set and placed it in the left lower corner of the paper and repeated the process a final time. I am really happy with how the placement came out.

Then it was on to deciding on a color theme. My instinct was to go for the blues and green combos that I love so much but I made myself go a bit outside of my comfort zone and choose colors that I had never put together before. First, I swatched them on a scrap piece of watercolor paper to see how they would react with the water. I loved how they turned out so I decided to go ahead. I inked the flowers in Ranger distress oxide inks in wilted violet, squeezed lemonade, and picked raspberry. I took a #10 sized brush and added my water. I decided to blend outside of the lines because I really liked how Amy did that and thought it adds a little something to the look of the card.

Next I took a #2 brush and added Altenew crisp dye inks in Ultraviolet for the purple, Razzelberry for the pink, and Honey drizzle for the yellow. I even blended a little honey drizzle on the purple leaves that were close to the yellow ones, and one the pink leaves that were close as well. I think it gives it a more blended feel and I am so happy with the way that it turned out!

After this I decided to add some splatters of each of the Altenew inks that I used. I then stamped the greeting "You are You' greeting from the Altenew Just Because stamp set. I cut the panel down to 4" by 5 1/4" and then adhered it to my white cardstock base with Scotch foam tape. The card base is made with Recollections 110 lb. white cardstock.

A few months ago I had gotten a ton of self adhesive rhinestones from Amazon for about $7. They came in all different sizes and colors and so I decided to add a few to accent the pretty colors on this card.

Supplies used:

Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp set

Altenew Just Because stamp set

Altenew crisp dye ink mini cubes in:

Cherry Blossom, Enchanted Garden, and Pocketful of Sunshine

VersaFine clear embossing ink

Recollections 110 lb. white cardstock

Canson XL 140 ln. cold press watercolor paper

Scotch foam tape

Misti stamping tool

Stampendous fine detail white embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by!

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