For my Guest Designer project today, I wanted to play with the blending properties of some new Distress Archival Inks and the Jaded Blossom 80's Stencil ... I love the inky tie-dye effect of blending these colors using Alcohol.
I started with two scraps of watercolor paper and three colors of Distress Archival Ink - Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade & Mermaid Lagoon. I applied the ink directly to my blending surface and then sprayed with Isopropyl Alcohol (I keep one bottle filled with alcohol just for ink blending) before dragging my paper through the ink to pick-up the colors.
I repeated that process until the ink was all picked-up from the surface, and then did it a second time for my other piece of paper ... and these were my finished pieces of inky paper.
Next I sprayed my Jaded Blossom 80's Stencil with Pixie Spray for Stencils and positioned it over the inky paper. I used Dusty Concord Distress Archival Ink for one and Black Soot Distress Archival Ink for the other. I used my blending brushes and found that on the different swirly parts of the stencil, its best to ink straight down (vs. brushing across), so you don't move the inside pieces of the swirls for a cleaner impression.
Next I die cut both pieces of stenciled paper using the Jaded Blossom Fancy Topper Die ... I just love the stitched edge around the die ... makes it perfect to use as both a Topper and a card mat.
I initially planned to use my Fancy Topper as intended, but it covered-up the word "Pop Rocks" which I wanted to be visible to the recipient. So I solved that problem by adding a staple to each side of the Fancy Topper and made it into a Pocket Holder instead ... the Pop Rocks Packet fit perfectly.
For my sentiment from Jaded Blossom Pump Up the Jam & Falling Star from Jaded Blossom 80's Icons, I used the scraps of inky paper leftover from die cutting, and stamped on the inky back of the paper. I finished with a mirrored star embellishment in the center of the star.
For the card, I attached the die cut Fancy Topper as a mat on a black card base.
I stamped a second sentiment from Jaded Blossom Pump Up the Jam and the same Falling Star from Jaded Blossom 80's Icons on the back of the inky paper. I finished with some epoxy dots and another mirrored star embellishment.
I hope these projects gave you some ideas about how you can have some inky fun with this month's "I Love the 80's" release ... and if you didn't catch my projects that I made for the release, you can find them at my blog Ingenious Inkling or my Instagram account.