- Technique(s): heat embossing, watercolor, die cutting
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Thanks for stopping by! I’m sharing some inspiration for this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge #577. Please head over to the MFT blog for all the details on eligibility and how to enter. MFT products are encouraged, but not required to enter. And you have a chance to win a $50 MFT gift card! So join us!
My take on this week’s challenge is not exact, but it does not have to be. I really like the MFT inks so I used them for my background on this simple card. In case you aren’t familiar, the MFT inks have a firm, foam pad so they have a high saturation. They are also water reactive so they are perfect for your watercolor techniques. I wanted to create a soft abstract background, so I used the inks and some smooshing to achieve these results.
- On a piece of coated paper, smoosh several colors of ink directly on to the paper. For this card, I used Cotton Candy, Summer Splash, and Limelight as the main colors. Be cognizant of where you place your colors so you avoid making mud.
- Spritz the paper with water, and with another piece of coated paper, smoosh the two panels together. This transfers ink from one panel to the other and smoothes the appearance on both panels. You could also ink smoosh the inks in a more traditional way, but I think this method results in a really smooth, blended background.
- After the panel is dry, splatter clean water droplets for additional texture.
- Die cut a panel of white cardstock with the Stitched Rectangle Die-namics and adhere the watercolor panel and the matte together.
- Die cut a panel of vellum with a smaller die in the Stitched Rectangle set.
- Stamp the You Are So Loved sentiment in pink distress oxide ink and clear heat emboss on the vellum. I tried stamping in Cotton Candy ink at first, but dye ink just sits on top of vellum and does not look crisp enough. I recommend using pigment ink or distress oxide ink. When heat embossing vellum, make sure to move the heat gun around a lot to avoid burns and warping.
- Cover the entire piece of vellum with double sided adhesive and then adhere to the watercolor background.
- Die cut several hearts from the Begging to See You Soon Die-namics and ink blend with Cotton Candy and pink distress oxide ink.
- Add details to the hearts. I splattered each heart with water, added white pen details, and added a little glitter brush marker.
- Adhere the hearts with foam tape or liquid glue around the panel.
- Adhere the completed card front to an A2-sized card.
Hope you’re inspired to try this technique and to play along! For even more ideas and inspiration, please visit the My Favorite Things YouTube channel.
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