Lighting the way

If you have been visiting my blog for a while you might remember I used to create a lot of cards using sponging techniques. I’ve been returning to those techniques lately but putting my blending brushes to work instead.

To create the one layer card above I masked off four sides of my neenah solar white card base then blended papertrey ‘berry sorbet’ ink over the panel. I switched to papertrey ‘Americana’ ink next but avoided blending the top middle area then finished the perimeter of the space with ‘enchanted evening’ ink which is a blue ink. Blending the dark blue over the brownish red made a dark brown, perfect for the night sky. I stamped the Bethlehem stamp from Penny Black’s lighting the way set in versafine clair nocturne ink.

The second colour scheme is also a combo of papertrey ink cubes: lemon tart, lilac grace, plum pudding and royal velvet. I finished both cards with a sentiment from the PB holiday snippets set and stars drawn with a white gelly roll pen. I enjoyed doing these so much that I looked through my stamps and did more with a different silhouette stamp set. I’ll have them ready to show you soon. I don’t know that the blending brushes are any quicker than sponging but I find them easier to use and the results are very smooth.

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11 Comments on “Lighting the way”

  1. Jan Castle says:

    GORGEOUS cards Heather!

  2. patricia rowe says:

    Another jaw-dropping and awe inspiring card!
    Question–since I won’t be able to order the ink in time to make some more cards, what other color in distress inks would match the beauty of these cards? I am so uncolor coordinated that I always need help in colors –even when I get dressed, I have to ask my husband if these colors go together.

    Thanks..and love these ideas.
    Tish in South Carolina

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Tish,
      I suggest you pick a pale colour like a light pink, light blue or grey for the first colour then a medium blue or purple then finish with a dark purple or blue.
      To mimic the ones above in distress colours I would try: tattered rose, fired brick, faded jeans for the first one and mustard seed, wilted violet and chipped sapphire for the second one. Go lightly with your second colour though because there is a big difference in depth between the first and second colours I suggested.
      Hope it works, I might try it myself now I’ve suggested it.

  3. Pat says:

    The results are really fabulous Heather and the depth of colour in both night skies looks brilliant and such a contrast against the white background and the white stars in the sky, as well as the beautiful large star..so atmospheric. x

  4. Bonnie says:

    Your ink blending is so smooth and you’ve created such depth of color! I struggle with ink blending. Each of the skylines is gorgeous with this wonderful, peaceful stamp and the starry sky!

  5. PaperKutzs says:

    These cards are beautiful as all of yours that I’ve seen have been.
    I know I’m missing something very simple. I understand masking off the edges of the card and the blending, but no matter how any times I read this I can’t figure out how the crosses are turning out so bright

    • Heather says:

      Thank you!
      I drew the stars on both cards at the end with a white gelly roll pen, size 10, it does a good job!

    • Heather says:

      By ‘cross’ do you mean the large star? It’s just drawn in white gelly roll pen.

      • PaperKutzs says:

        Oooohh, It looks like it is lit. It is amazingly beautiful. I bought some of these gel pens after taking your 2 classes. I have not tried using them like this. I will have to try it and see if I can get the effect ;you got here especially in the first card.

        Thanks you for responding to my questions I truly appreciate you assistance to become better at our craft.

        I am keeping my eyes peeled for your next class.

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