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Sending You Crafty Hugs-Altenew

Today’s card is for Altenew’s September (eek) Inspiration challenge. This month the inspiration photo has a fall feel.

I tried something new with this card. It’s definitely different.

Not my usually style, but it was a fun, new technique to try. I started out by blending Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon and Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink on a panel of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock with Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes. Then I laid Altenew Broken Chevrons stencil over the panel and blotted it with a really wet paper towel, lifting the color off. I repeated the blotting until I got the desired affect. There must have been some left over powdered watercolor on my desk, because I ended up with some black dots (not all the ones on the panel, a few at the bottom right corner). I trimmed the panel down with the border die from Concord & 9th’s Confetti card set after it had dried.

For the sentiment, I settled on one from Altenew Crafty Life. I die cut some vellum using a die from Altenew Geometric Frames. I stamped the sentiment on the vellum with Versafine Claire Nocturne ink and embossed it with clear powder. I also die cut the geometric frames from gold foil cardstock. I added the frame that matched the vellum piece with liquid adhesive, and layered the other frames around the vellum piece. Then, I added the sentiment to the panel. I also stamped the envelope image from Crafty Life on the panel with more Nocturne ink. Finally, I added the panel to a card base made from Gina K Design Onyx cardstock with fun foam.

My plan was originally to leave the panel with the black specks. But, they kept bothering me, lol. I decided to add some black splatters, if I could figure out how. I tried putting some Nocturne ink on an acrylic block, spraying it with water, and trying to flick it on a scrap paper with a watercolor brush. It didn’t work so great. I tried the same technique with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink, and that worked. I covered the sentiment and splatted the card front.

Another fall themed card under my belt too. I’m sort of getting into this Autumn thing, lol.

What do you think of this new style for me? Have you tried this stencil and water technique before? Let me know in the comments below. Since I seem to be bitten by the ink blending bug, I need new techniques to use with ink. I think this one might stick around. Do you have any more suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by!


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