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OCC Rainbow Maker Ink Blending

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Hi All,

Welcome back! I hope you all are having a great end to the summer season. One thing I wanted to do this summer was take a class on card designing and learn a few tips and tricks to add to my repertoire. I have taken several classes at OnlineCardClasses.com and thought it would be great to take another. The class I chose to take was called Rainbow Maker. Now, I’m not a big fan of rainbows or blocks of color on cards. I typically like to keep things simple by adding a pattern or image with minimal coloring. I don’t know why, but I always feel like if there’s more color, things start looking too ‘busy’ and I don’t know where to concentrate my eyes.

I decided to give the class a try and oh my gosh am I glad I did! There was just a ton to learn and think about. For day 1 we focused on ink blending. I have a bunch of little distress inks from Tim Holtz and decided to break those out and try my hands at blending colors together and creating a seamless look. This card uses 6 different ink colors and are blended together. To get the distressed look I added some splashes of water onto the blended panel and let them it sit for a few seconds. I then used a dry paper towel to pick up the pooled ink and was left with those white bleached marks.

To finish off the card I thought I’d use something that felt majestic and choose ‘miracles happen’.

I think it turned out looking somewhat magical. In the spirit of practice makes perfect, I’ll definitely be giving this technique another try. Let’s see what I can come up with next. I’ll see you again real soon with another project. Thanks for stopping by!

Hello Floral Gold Foil Note Cards

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Hi All,

Welcome back! This is the last of the note card series and I’m so pleased that you have enjoyed keeping up with each days post! It’s truly become difficult for me to pick and choose which set is my favorite. There are so many different elements on each card that I really do love.

These cards are a set of 4.25″ x 5.5″ standard size note cards. They are on a kraft 80lb card stock and have a thickness which makes them perfect for mailing and gifting – they are light weight! I love how the pattern switches up a traditional floral color scheme. Notice how the flower is more monotone than the background? I love that! It’s so unexpected in a design.

I separated the pattern with a kraft and gold foil stripe and gave each note card a simple ‘hello’ greeting.

Here’s a closer look.

Thanks so much for visiting and I’ll see you again real soon with an all new card series!

Hello Floral and Gold Foil Note Cards

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Hi All,

I have just a few more note cards to share for this August reveal. If you have missed any or would like to see the collection, be sure to check out the gallery page here on my blog.

This card is simple and packs a punch. I had a bit of the gold foiled kraft paper I made several days ago and wanted to use it in a subtle way on this card. I added it to create a separation between a busy floral pattern and a plain kraft card stock.

Years ago, when I first started making cards, I used to have a difficult time creating white space on cards. I just love these patterns and prints so much that I feel the need to put them on an entire project. It took me some time to realize that sometimes, it makes a bigger impact when you add in some white space. I love how the pattern still catches my eye, but the card is not ‘busy’ in style.

This note card measures slightly smaller than a standard A2 size card. It is around 4.25″ x 5″ – and fits in a standard size envelope for easy mailing.

Gold Foil Floral Note Cards

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Hi All,

Welcome back! I’m on that summertime floral kick once more! Here’s a card using a similar pink and yellow themed floral but with a slight change. The black brush strokes are now replaced with whimsical little hearts – did you notice?! This pattern is typically not something I would gravitate towards, but the use of lots of white space and those fun little hearts made it incredibly fun to work with.

For this card, I broke out a 6×6 pad of kraft papers that I have and gold foiled some stripes on to it. I then trimmed down those pieces to give my card what I like to call ‘suspenders’! Just below those suspenders (lol) I have a gorgeous embossed floral that I used on the base of my card. I feel like it resembles white lace on this project. Very classy indeed!

Here’s a peek at the interior of the card as well.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my latest card and I will be back tomorrow with another project!