Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Blended Ink Plaid Birthday Card

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My dad’s birthday was this week. I STRUGGLE with cards for him, I think I have mentioned before. His interests do not lie in the collection of what the crafting companies sell as masculine themed supplies. Yes, he loves sports…there are not new sport items for every holiday I need.

Think Think.

He is a colorful plaid sport shirt kind of guy. Can I make a bright plaid background?

My first try was watercolor…seems I can paint pretty straight, but I do not have good brush control (I flatten a round brush out as I go). And, as I went to do the stripes in the opposite direction, I didn’t wait for my paper to dry. Patience is NOT one of my virtues.  (Only when I am baking is patience in my toolbox!)

Hmmm…

Back to Think Think.

I did not have a large striped stencil (guess what?? 2 arrived today – gotta love online shopping!). I did have a small (3 x 4 inches) striped stencil.

I used Distress Oxide Ink – Salty Ocean in one direction, Peacock Feathers in the other. I started with a half sheet of cardstock (5.5 x 8.5 inches), so I had at least 6 iterations of “tape stencil down, blend ink, remove stencil, wash stencil” for each color. I am happy with the result.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pacific Point, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

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