Basic Patterns Decorative Masks used with Embossing Paste and Ink Refills.
Welcome to the Creating Kindness Design Team Blog Hop for September. The theme of the hop this month is “Ink Refills” and there will be many wonderful techniques using ink refills from the talented demonstrators on the design team. Our guest designer this month is the lovely Tami Hewlett. Her blog is Swimming in Stamps. Tami is one of my favourite paper artists and I take a lot of inspiration from her work.
My Ink Refill technique is adding colour to Embossing Paste and applying to a background piece through a mask or stencil to create a colourful texture. I am using the new masks available in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue, the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks (Page 35).
It is a very simple process to get yummy coloured embossing paste. Simply place a “blob” of Embossing Paste on a Silicone Craft Mat and then add a drop of ink refill. Mix together and use as normal. I used three different colours in my project, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana. Where the colours overlap, they “mix” creating a whole new colour, much the same way as if you were sponging through the mask.
The colours may not be much like it, but this mask pattern from the Basic Patterns Decorative Masks is reminiscent of the classic flocked wallpaper, particularly when adding the texture with the embossing paste.
To keep the focus on the colourful background, I used die cuts only on the card front. The Sweet Silhouettes dies include three word dies, one of which is “inspire”. What a fabulous word!! I diecut it from black cardstock, and then softened the harshness of the black by sponging lightly with Frost White Shimmer Paint. This creates a pewter look. I stamped one of the greetings from the Silhouette Scenes stamp set “You Inspire Me” and then just cut out the tinsy You and Me to add to my die cut word. I adhered them all to a Vellum strip wrapped around the front of the background piece.
The Dandelion like dies from the Sweet Silhouette Dies have been given the same “pewterising” treatment.
This is a really simple technique and will give you a whole new way to utilise your ink refills and your embossing paste. And those Basic Patterns Decorative Masks are a must for your Holiday Catalogue wish list.
This beautiful embossed panel and pewter look elements are shown off on a simple Z fold card. It is just a standard folded card, with the front panel folded in half back on itself. The layered embossed panel is then adhered to the front panel.
This image gives a better idea of the fold and also how the card displays once opened.
And here is the listing of fabulous paper artists participating in the blog hop this month. Be sure to hop right through all the participants for a bunch of really great ideas on using your Ink Refills.
Blog Hop Participants
- Tami Hewlett – Guest Designer – USA
- Charlet Mallett – USA
- Tanya Boser – USA
- Paula Dobson – New Zealand
- Lou Kitzelman – Australia
- Marcy Denning – Canada
- Cheryll Miller – Australia
- Jay Soriano – UK
Some of the team members have prepared videos for you …. here is the video hop list:
And while I did not prepare a video for my project, I did create it live on facebook in my Stampin’ Up! group. Click on the image to watch the live on facebook …. and remember, the fast forward button is your friend! 🙂 Join the group to get notifications of my weekly lives. The group is purely for my lives, and all of the past videos are saved in the videos section of the group.
If you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of the products used to create the projects here, please visit my online shop. And if you are shopping online, don’t forget to use the current month’s rewards code to receive a free tutorial bundle and handmade card from me at the end of the month.