Leah here, happy to share my very first inspiration post with you as part of our new Core Team! I’ve got a (mostly) clean and simple card for you today, using just a couple of elements with lots of pop!
I wanted an image I could work with that would be simple and happy but not have too many colors – it was obvious I needed a CRITTER! (heck, with just one color palette, this was a snap!)
Our Jellyfish digi stamp was my go-to guy for this card, and honestly, he (and his cute little buddy – they come in a set of two!) will be perfect for so many great occasion cards. Or project lifing. Or scrappin’. Anything with scenes of the ocean or just for some punny fun.
I have had this embossing paste for a LONG TIME, and have recently jumped on the stenciled background wagon. I had the paste. I have an arsenal of stencils. TIME TO GO TO TOWN! But wait! I didn’t just want texture… I wanted texture that POPS! Enter the Distress re-inkers (because I collect things, even if I never or seldom use them, I have a huge stash of these colored eye-droppers). Dye inks work. Alcohol inks do not. Trust me – the ingredients don’t blend at all and you end up with a big mess.
Couple of little globs of embossing paste on my craft mat and just ONE DROP of Distress Ink in Broken China, mixed up until it was even (although in hindsight, NOT mixing so much and leaving it a bit swirly would have created a fun effect!). Apply with a crafty spatula and WOOT WOOT, fun backdrop that’s bubbly and perfect for a Jellyfish to hang out! (A banner using paper from our Sunshine Sorbet 6×6 pad seemed appropriate – dontcha think?)
So much easier to photograph than leaving the paste clear, too! (Oh, and for added interest, you can always add glitter – instead of, or in addition to the color!)
Fun! Do you use this stuff? The jar I have (which has lasted FOREVER) is from Dreamweaver – they have been making stencils and paving the way for mixed media artists for YEARS and I think the quality is outstanding. I’d love to see what you’ve done using embossing or modelling paste! Share in our Facebook community or add it to our Oddies’ Project Board on Pinterest – we may just share it with the rest of the world!