Easy Bright Ink-Blended Card

This is a card that happened entirely by accident, I’m not going to lie. And ironically, to date it has had the best reaction of any of my posts on Instagram. Go figure!

I first created a background by die-cutting a 13cm square (yes, I’m a metric chick, which causes me no end of hassle when I buy American craft products, and believe me, I buy a lot!) with my stitched Sue Wilson nesting square dies. I love this die and it’s probably the one I use the most.

I taped it to the craft mat with low-tack tape and taped the Sweet Dixie Splash stencil over the top. I used a palette knife to spread a thin layer of Art Basics’ 3D Matte Gel over the full card. After removing the stencil, I sprinkled a generous layer of eco-glitter (clear) over the card, shook off the excess, and then set it aside to cure and dry.

When it was dry, I used a blending brush to blend a small amount of Distress Oxide Ink in a circle in the very centre of the card. It looked crap. Literally, totally rubbish. So, I threw it in my basket of WIPs’ and left it there, probably for a couple of months if I’m honest. I kept picking it up and looking at it, and I have no idea why I didn’t throw it away but I just didn’t. One day, when I went into an ink-blending frenzy, I just picked it back up and chucked a load of colour at it, and there it was. Pretty, and very VERY bright! lol.

The cute little tropical bird came from the Birds of a Feather stamp set from one of my absolute favourite stamp companies, Clearly Besotted. I coloured it, and the accompanying foliage with my Spectrum Noir markers and heat-embossed a little sentiment at the same time. A little bit of glue, and quite a bit of foam tape later, et voila, it was finished. A little tropical masterpiece that was borne from an ugly mistake. C’est la vie!

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