If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you already know that I’ve been taking some classes from Altenew Academy. If you’re new here, now you know!!
I finished the Easy Ink Blending Techniques class a couple of weeks before I got accepted into the AECP part of the academy. I wanted to create a new ink blended card to share in that gallery online. Plus, I have a stamp set from Altenew that I’ve been dying to use!
It is called Painted Jellyfish and I’ve used only 3 stamps from the set. It has several other stamps that can be used to create layers for these jellyfish, but I wanted to focus on the background technique.
This is an emboss resist technique with ink blending. I used the two jellyfish outline stamps and a fun sentiment from the set.
I’ve been waiting to use it because I had several ideas for this set and couldn’t choose which to do first. Then a box came from Altenew today with their newest ink colors that were just released a couple of days ago.
BAM! I knew I had to use the Sweet Dreams set of teals to make my ocean card.
For this card, I’ve used a piece of white card stock cut at 4 x 5-1/2″ for the blending technique. I added a small strip of Altenew’s Lagoon card stock along the side and for the white embossed sentiment. I snuck in a small strip of the silver glitter washi tape and some clear sequins. I’ve also used a white card base to attach everything to.
I embossed the two outline images in white and then used my ink blending tool. I started by giving the jellyfish a little buttercream around the top. I feel like jellyfish always look like they have a pinkish yellow glow when I see them floating by the pier in town. I wanted to create that feel with the soft buttercream.
Next I started at the top of the card using the lightest color called Dew Drops. The next layer is Aqualicious, which seems totally appropriate for this card! I then added a Teal Cave layer and at the bottom is the darkest color, Galactic Stream. As I added each layer, I went back with the lighter color and blended over the edges where the colors came together to soften them and blend them together. I was trying for an almost ombre effect since water always gets darker as you get deeper.
I spritzed the entire piece with water using my Ranger Distress Spritzer and let it dry. While it was drying, I assembled the card. The spritzing adds an almost faux watercolor look to the card. It feels like there are bubbles in the water…or maybe smaller jellyfish!
I hope it feels like flowing water with jellyfish swimming all around. I can’t wait until it is warm enough for the jellyfish to return!
Isn’t the sentiment fun? Relax and go with the flow! Clever!
Thank you for stopping by! Please leave a comment to let me know what you think! I really appreciate your thoughts and comments!
I hope you find time to craft and when you do, remember to embrace the imperfections!
Gorgeous ink-blending!! Love your mix of colors! FABULOUS, Kim!
Thank you! The new Sweet Dreams inks are perfect for this technique.