Easter is around the corner and I realized that I really need to get my cards done since they do take a few weeks to cross the pond. My first easter card of the season features a beautiful set by Wplus9, one of the older ones, but it’s golden! I used all the tiny floral images to create an egg shape, and I used the rock-n-roll technique of adding multiple ink colors to one stamp to create the ombre effect.
As you can see in the video, I used a template I had created prior to recording the video to know how to place my stamps and to trace the egg shape onto my actual card. It’s harder than you think to create an egg! Ask me how I know peeks at the failed attempts in the trash Experimenting with the images ahead of time also gave me a much better feeling of how to balance the card – for example, stamping the bigger images at the bottom and the smaller ones at the top.
The rock-n-roll technique allows you to add multiple colors to a single stamp and create a gradient effect easily. I usually touch one part of the stamp against the border of my ink pad, then touch the other part to another color. Make sure that you have no harsh line between the colors by going over parts of the original color with the second color. That smoothes the gradient out and it looks more natural. It’s a super fun technique and it lets you stretch your stamps and inks and opens up so many options when creating.
And I was just dying to use my beautiful May Arts ribbon – the light pink just begged for a soft green and I was tickled that I had the right colors in my stash. Also, extra points for using stuff from my stash, as is my goal for this year 🙂 To finish off the card, I sprinkled on some Pretty Pink Posh sequins – the gold ist just the perfect complement to the colors I used.
Another tip before I close out this post: as I showed in the video, it can sometimes help to use some different ink colors on a scrap piece of colored cardstock to find the right color to use on your card. Especially with dye inks like Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp and other that soften out as they dry, it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s too dark or too light.
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