Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards

Hey Friend


Hi there, I hope you had a nice weekend!

Today I’ve got a clean and simple card to share using a technique that, until recently, did not feel easy to me at all.  I really love ink-blending, but I’ve never felt successful getting that perfect color fade to white until I tried these blending brushes from Pink & Main.

Pink & Main sent me two brushes to play with: one Ergonomic Blending Brush and one Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush.  The brushes are the same except for their size.  While I do like that the minis are compact and easier to store, since their brush head is just 1″ in diameter, I think I prefer the larger brush for how quickly it can cover an A2-sized panel, which is how I plan to use this type of brush.

While I did experiment with blending on Neenah Solar White (and got great results that surprised me given that I am an utter failure when it comes to blending on Neenah!), I decided to stick with Bristol smooth because, frankly, I feel more confident with it.  So, I got out an A2-sized piece of Bristol smooth and some Distress inks and got to blending.  I first ran my brush over my Squeezed Lemonade ink pad and, starting off my panel, made circular motions to blend the ink onto and up the panel.  It was very easy to blend out to the white without getting harsh lines.  I daresay it was effortless!  I also found that if I wanted to get more ink onto my brush, it was easy to take my ink pad to the brush, rubbing the pad over the bristles, instead of the other way around.

I rubbed my brush onto a clean paper towel to remove any excess ink and then ran the brush over Picked Raspberry.   I again started with circular blending motions off my cardstock and then moved onto the cardstock, blending the pink over the yellow to create a peachy orange color.  I added more Picked Raspberry to the brush and added the color to the end of the card, to build up the saturation.

Next I put the panel into a Misti stamping tool and used Versafine Claire Nocturne ink to stamp the floral image from the Essentials By Ellen In The Weeds stamp set, and a sentiment from the It’s All Good stamp set, also by Ellen Hutson.

To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thank you so much for visiting!


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