This post is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Thanks, Simon!
Contrary to the majority of my stamped-and-blended posts this month, I am a watercolorist at heart. While I find it very handy to have as many different shades as possible in my watercolor stash just to simplify things when working, I frequently will mix different colors together, some complementary and some very close together on the color wheel, simply to create a shade as close to the color in my head as possible. I work in secondary and tertiary colors most comfortably, with just the slightest variations on the primary and secondary colors commonly found in the rainbow spectrum, so the primary rainbow cards that I’ve been creating are a bit outside of my normal comfort zone. After working with the colors on their own for awhile, I thought to myself, “why not try to do the same color mixing with the Rainbow Splash ink colors the way you do with watercolors?” So, I did some experimenting with some of the inks and was super happy with how they came out!
For today’s projects, I paired Sea and Lime Rainbow Splash inks to create a lovely shade of turquoise; Princess and Pumpkin to create a beautiful, intense coral; and Buttercream and Ballet inks to create a soft, warm pink. I paired the ink blending with several stencils to do some simple color mixing on each card. Let’s get started with the details!
When I was creating the different rainbow cards for my Rainbow Splash posts this month, I have blended Sea ink and Lime ink next to each other a few times, and the small area where the two colors overlapped and blended together created the most beautiful shade of turquoise. I knew I had to use it as a main part of the color palette for one of my cards today! I began by blending an entire white card panel with Lime ink, laying the base for my turquoise heart. I laid one of the Heart Masks and Stencils over the top of the blended panel, offsetting it slightly over the edge, then blended the Sea ink over the top of the heart stencil. To add some extra interest to the heart, I placed the Circular Lace Stencil directly over the open area and blended more Lime ink. This creates a more intense turquoise pattern on the turquoise heart. I love how the colors blend together and how you can slightly vary the color by adding more green or more blue to your blended area, depending on your preference!
To accent my stenciled heart, I embossed an A2 piece of Lime cardstock with the Cascading Hearts embossing folder from the Rainbow Splash collection. I trimmed down the stenciled panel and butted it on the side of the embossed panel to allow the embossing to peek out from behind. I think showing the Lime-blended panel next to the Lime cardstock beautifully illustrates how closely the cardstock matches the ink in the Rainbow Splash line! I heat embossed a greeting from the Bold Messages stamp set onto some Sea cardstock, then blended Lime over the top to create a deeper version of the turquoise heart. I popped it up with some foam adhesive, then added a strip of coordinating turquoise foil cardstock and some blue Rainbow Splash Gem stickers for sparkle!
For my second card, I combined Princess ink and Pumpkin Ink to create this intense, rich coral color! I started by blending Princess ink over an entire panel of white cardstock, then laid the Fading Florals Stencil over the top and blended both Pumpkin Ink and Princess ink to create this intense, vivid patterned panel.
To accent the simple stenciled floral design, I embossed an A2 panel of Princess cardstock using the Folk Flower Embossing Folder. I trimmed the stenciled panel down on the long sides, adding some intense pearlescent orange cardstock strips on either side to create a barrier between the patterned background and the stenciled panel, and popped it up with some foam adhesive. I added a greeting from the Happy Blooms stamp set, white embossed on a strip of Pumpkin cardstock. A few Pumpkin Rainbow Splash Gem stickers on one of the stenciled berry sprigs added a bit of sparkle to the card!
Finally, I paired Buttercream ink with Ballet ink using the Floral Borders stencil. The Buttercream ink tones down the pink, muting it a bit and creating a lovely shade of petal pink. I paired the stenciled piece with a panel of Buttercream Cardstock that I embossed using the Tiny Florals embossing folder, adding a couple of thin strips of Ballet Cardstock to break up the Buttercream. Finally, I added a heat embossed sentiment from the Everyday Greetings stamp, popping it up with foam adhesive and adding a few pink gems on either side to accent the sentiment and add some sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my projects today! I encourage you to think back to your lessons about color mixing and try some experiments with your Rainbow Splash inks to create unique color mixes… the results are such fun!! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!