Thursday, September 1, 2016

VIDEO: Amazing Blended Background

Hello! Today's video features a quick and easy technique, that happens to be one of my favorites - and features one of my favorite stamp sets - Autumn Leaves. And...it just happens to be ON SALE right now.

Yep, both Autumn Leaves and the companion die are on sale starting at 11:00 am EST Thursday September 1, 2016 through Sunday September 4, 2016 for just $12 each. That's a $5 savings when you purchase both!

There is something about ink blending and heat embossing that I just never tire of. This is one of those techniques that definitely packs a "WOW!" and is so easy to achieve. Add a little water...and it's just magical. Creating this card was so much fun.

And that colorful background really makes it easy to finish off this card with just a simple sentiment.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

I am sorry about the choppy editing and voice over. I was trying to get this one in quickly before the weather takes a turn for the worse. I'm sure it isn't going to be anything too bad, but I wanted to make sure it was done and ready just in case.

For my cards today, I chose to ink blend my background and then do my heat embossing. But you could definitely do the heat embossing first and then ink blend as well. I like to do the ink blending first when I am creating several backgrounds at once. This way I have them on hand and ready to add whatever images I want at a later time.

For example, the card below features the same layout and techniques, but in a different color palette.

Here I used Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Scattered Straw, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves and worked the color blends in a "pie" instead of linear from corner to corner. You can find all of the supplies used for both cards along with links at the bottom of this post.

I hope you enjoyed today's project! Thanks for stopping by!



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18 comments:

  1. This is beautiful Dawn! I have those stamps and dies but do you know when Gift Card Layers will be back in stock?

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  2. I love this technique...while it's not my go to, a variation of this one certainly is! I usually use the "smooshing" technique, where you either swipe your watercolour cardstock into the ink or use a piece of acetate to smoosh your ink. Sort of the same, but this one really gives a much smoother transition and one I will have to use more often. Thanks for a super video. Love your card!

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  3. Thank you. This is one of my favorite techniques too...along with smooshing. I learned something new...how to apply the water with the water brush. Thank you. Beautiful card!

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  4. These are fantastic Dawn. I am going to make some backgrounds like this using some of my background stamps in lieu of the leaves, just to mix it up. I have lovely leaf stamps I can use as well. TFS!

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  5. Gorgeous cards, Dawn! I'm not sure which colour combination I like better. I haven't used this technique in awhile, but I really do love it - thanks for the reminder of how beautiful it can be. Don't you just love it when you make a card that really makes you feel good?

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  6. WOW!! This is stunning!! I love both color combos and I actually have this set so I could do this!!

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  7. Awesome cards! So beautiful backgrounds! Love bring colors against white and black sentiment.
    TFS.

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  8. love it! Never thought to use so much water! Gonna do it! TFS!

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  10. I love this card! So bright and cheery! I am interested in where you got the stitched border die and the super fine emboss powder? Beautiful card, awesome technique! TFS

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  11. Both are so gorgeous, Dawn! Sometimes the easier techniques are the ones that create the prettiest cards! Been thinking about you a lot with that storm coming. Hunker down and stay safe! Love ya! ♥

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  12. Wowzers!!! This card is beautiful!!:)

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  13. Great technique. Definitely have to try this. Looks like so much fun to create. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I need to make this my go to technique because these cards are gorgeous!

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  15. Fabulous colors! Love the Autumn Leaves set!

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  16. Beautiful cards! Love the white heat embossing those gorgeous leaves on top of the distress inks, just beautiful!

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