Welcome in for Day 1 of Simon Says Stamp's Let's Chill Release Blog Hop! For some reason this release is super special to me. I love purple and violet and have been waiting for these colors to join the Pawsitively Saturated Ink rainbow.
I did a little bit of everything on this card, foiling, stamping, embossing, die-cutting and of course ink-blending and spraying!
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I BELIEVE IN YOU CARD - Foiling, Stamping, Embossing, Die-cutting, Ink-blending and Spraying
A2 Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Foiled/Inked Layer: 3 7/8" x 5 1/2"
Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Ink - Lilac, Amethyst, Heather, Morning, Carnation, Peachy, Sprout, Fairway, Flannel and Charcoal
The combination of the ink-blending and embossing is a winner in my eyes, the 3D Embossing Folders are simply magical and only get better when a die-cut element!
This card has quite a few steps, so let's get to it!
Press the black Power Button at the back of the machine so that it can begin warming up.
Cut silver foil larger than Delightful Dragonflies Foil Plate. and adhere the foil to the 110lb white cardstock with Pixie Tape or some washi tape.
When the Platform Ready button goes green, place the foil plate, design (pretty) side up on the heated surface of the machine and press the Timer button.
Once the Timer button stops flashing green, place foil, gold side down on the plate and add 110lb white cardstock.
Cover with the thin shim (green) and the clear plate on top in that order.
Carefully remove this "sandwich", including the heated base and run through your die-cutting machine. I used a Sizzix Foldaway.
Remove the foil and cardstock carefully from the plate and heated base.
Gently peel back the foil to reveal the foil-pressed design and diecut using the Dragonflies outline die.
Place white 110lb cardstock inside the Alstroemerias Embossing Folder and run through the die-cutting machine to emboss.
Anti-tip: I would not recommend using tape to secure the cardstock inside the folder as I did here. when I went to ink-blend the adhesive left residue the showed up when I applied the ink!!! if you do you do use a Pixie Tape/washi, apply it to the back side of the paper.
Look at all that detail!
Die-cut the Alstroemeria outline out of white cardstock 3 times.
Adhere one of the Alstroemeria outline diecuts to the Embossing Folder to hold in place over the matching section of the embossing folder. If you like, secure on the reverse instead of on the top side as I mistakenly did here. :-(
Beautiful details once embossed!
Before I stared adding ink, I laid out some of the elements to see how items might be placed
Ink Color Palette
Blending Tools Ready for Action!
Retrieve the embossed background, die-cuts, inks and detail brushes.
Use the large Blending Tool to apply Lilac ink to the top 1/3 of the embossed background.
Follow with Heather (overlapping the two to create a pretty purple gradient)
Finish with Morning, overlapping with the Heather for a soft transition.
Use the Pawsitively Everything Tools to keep your ink pad in place as you continue to the next step.
Use the small round brush to apply Sprout in to the stems and leaves
Add shadows and deeper tones using the detail flat brush.
Repeat this approach using Peachy and then Carnation ink to the flower.
Use a gel pen (I am using a brownish red Gelly Roll here) to add the distinctive dark marks on the bloom of the flower.
Color the Dragonflies with Sprout, Morning and Lilac inks as shown.
Layering and Embellishing
Curl the wings slightly around the barrel of a pencil.
Layer and adhere the flower as shown.
Trim the ink-blended card front to 3 7/8" x 5 1/2".
Spritz the trimmed card front with the Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spray for some added sparkle!
Adhere the diecuts to the trimmed panel as shown, popping the Dragonflies up with foam tape.
Ink white cardstock with Flannel ink. Once dry, stamp the "I Believe in You" sentiment onto the colored cardstock.