Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Ombre Botanical Smile Card



I recently bought the Tiny Alphabet Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp. For today’s card, I inked it up with Distress Inks in ombre fashion (light at the top, dark at the bottom). Since I wanted to emboss the leaves over the background, I let it dry for 24 hours to prevent stray embossing powder from sticking to the distress ink. I embossed the leaves with clear embossing powder, and then added the same inks from the alphabet background with a blending tool. The embossing powder resists ink , so the leaves stay clear and the background peeks through. I was surprised at how much the lightest alphabet (Tumbled Glass) at the top faded away when I blended ink over the project.

The “smile” die caught my eye while I was working on something else, so that is what I used to cut the wood paper. There are 2 layers of Neenah underneath the wood layer, just to pop it up a bit. And you can see that some of the white underlayer is peeking out – not intentional, but I am not fretting about it.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Paper Cherry Wood Paper, inks – Ranger Perfect Medium, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Crystal Clear.

5 thoughts on “Ombre Botanical Smile Card

  1. A very harmonious, soothing feeling to this one I think. It looks totally super!

  2. Great card! I love the alpha background!