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Today's project is inspired by, of all things, my water bottle. The frosted matte color combination is so bright and fun! Not to mention, it gives me a Summer feel. So, when I sat down to think out my design, I quickly decided to incorporate a distress ink blending technique.

Using my MISTI stamping platform and white cardstock, I centered and stamped the floral image from Concord and 9th - Lily Clear Stamp Set. It's a smaller set with thoughtful sentiments you can mix and match. In fact, I used 4 of the 7 images and love how the card turned out.

Next, I used masking paper leaving a rectangular focal area on the floral image. This enabled me to ink blend each color onto the paper. It's important, when blending distress inks, to exercise patience and trust the process. You have to repeat blending steps more than once. By repeating the coloring, you will slowly notice vibrancy in the ink colors. For me, I may have repeated blending each color 4 - 5 times before I was happy with the result. Once I remove the masking paper, I always love the magical reveal. :-)

Now that all of my colors have been applied to the card panel, I move towards stamping the sentiment. The versatility of this stamp set allows you to mix and match sentiments, so I chose the larger script and smaller printed fonts. After I stamped it directly onto the panel, I thought the cluster of dots would add interest, so I stamped them at the top right and lower left corners of the card.

To assemble the card, first I folded the card base into an A2 size, with a top fold ... it measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches and flips up to open. The black card panel layer leaves 1/4 inch border (inward from the card base) on all sides. The top panel, with the floral image, leaves 1/8 inch border (inward from the black card panel) on all sides. I adhered the card panels in this order: black card panel to the card base using foam tape to add dimension >>> top card panel to the black card panel using permanent tape. For shimmer and shine, I added Wink of Stella and Glossy accents.

I really love the results! What do you think?

Here are more images to get a closer look:

Products used for this project are listed below:

· Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstock

· Black 65 lb. cardstock

· Concord and 9th - Lily Stamp Set

· Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers, Spun Sugar, Wilted Violet

· Wink of Stella

· Glossy Accents

#happycrafting #happycardmaking #happystamping

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