This post was sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Thanks, Simon!
Hi friends! I know that it’s a little late in the year for back-to-school cards, but the new Rainbow Splash inks had me in “rainbow mode” and I couldn’t stop myself from creating bunches of projects with rainbow themes. I have been having fun experimenting with ombré stamping and embossing over the top to create a suitable canvas for emboss/resist technique, and I wanted to try it out with this new rainbow of ink colors in the Rainbow Splash line. I have four young kids, and primary color rainbows are just a part of life. I thought the fabulous School Supplies background stamp would be a perfect candidate to try out the ombré emboss/resist technique with which I’ve been playing, and I created this super fun and colorful shaker card to celebrate the start of another school year! Let’s get started with the details.
This ombré emboss/resist technique is one with which I’ve been playing a lot lately. I started experimenting with this technique earlier this year, and each time I use it, I find it more and more magical! Using my MISTI, I stamped the School Supplies background stamp with Scarlet, Pumpkin, Canary, Lime, and Sea Rainbow Splash inks. To create a smooth transition between each ink color, I tap my stamp with the first ink color, then use a microfiber cloth or blending brush on the edge of the line of ink. This extra step helps to make the ink color fade away without creating a harsh line. I close the door to my MISTI, then wipe the ink away with the microfiber cloth and stamp the next ink color, this time tapping the top and bottom lines to create a smooth fade into the previous and following colors. I repeat this process with each color of ink until I have an ombré stamped image!
While the stamp and paper are still in place in my MISTI, I stamp the image again using sticky embossing ink and cover it with clear embossing powder. This clear embossing layer “seals” the stamped image, and I think it helps to smooth some of the ink lines that I didn’t get quite perfect, as well. The added embossing also helps to maintain the vibrance of the ink color, so that I can ink blend over the top in any color that I want! I also used this technique on a greeting from XL Student Greetings, using the same ink colors and technique as the background.
Once I had finished my rainbow stamping for the background and the sentiment, I used Blending Brushes to lightly blend the same shades of ink around the edge of the stamped card front, creating a lovely rainbow glow on my background. I created a thin white frame using my Fiskars trimmer, backing it with a panel of clear acetate and adding foam tape all around the edge to create a shaker card. I filled the shaker with a ton of coordinating rainbow sequins and star confetti from my stash. (I found my huge box of sequins that has been neglected in favor of gems lately, and have decided that I need to keep making shakers to put the sparkly sequins to use!!) I added the rainbow sentiment to the center of the shaker window, creating a super colorful and fun card, perfect for a student or a teacher!
Well, that’s all for my project today! I promise, I will be back to the regularly scheduled flowers soon, but the beautiful inks and colored cardstock from the Rainbow Splash collection have been so inspiring that I just couldn’t move on to anything else until I got my rainbow fill! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!