The Perfect Pear with Ingrid Blackburn

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Hi there, it’s Ingrid here sharing a few cute simple cards with you today from the newly released Freshly Picked release.

I’m always drawn to a pair of Pears. So I thought today I’d share how I add a little depth with color to a solid image.

Pears are rarely the same color throughout. There’s always little subtle depth added, but today I thought it would be fun to ripen them up a bit.

First you’ll want to ink up your image in the lightest shade – I used Tiara. Next add a slightly darker color – I chose Tiki Torch. To blend the colors a bit – use your lighter ink pad to ease the blend a little on an angle. If you don’t the color change will be a bit harsh. On the very edge, add a contrasting color – I chose Tutti Fruitti. Come back over it slightly to ease the transition.

IngridCU-CP-FP-2b Lightly spritz with water once and stamp. I didn’t use Watercolor paper, so I didn’t want to add too much water to the project.

Your lighter ink pads will get a little contaminated – but you can easily remove that by wiping a paper towel over the area until it comes up the correct color.  I recommend having an ink refill on hand if you do this, though, in case you remove a bit too much of the original color of the ink pad.

Use the same method to get the transition on the sentiment stamp.

To ground your image a little, add a little Black Jack ink to your craft mat or acrylic block and water it down a little so that it’s light grey. Use a watercolor brush to lightly paint some shadows underneath your pears.

For the Green Pears, stamp your pears in Garden Green and add depth with Lime Rickey and Icing on the Cake. To tone the pear a little – I chose to stamp over it a second time with Tiara ink. Smash a little Icing on the Cake and add some water. Flick it at your project for some interest to your project.

IngridCU-CP-FP-2a These are cute, artsy images. The Freshly Picked Stamp set and matching dies will give you lots of options for fun cards!

I hope you enjoyed my little Pear cards today. Thanks for having me Catherine!


  • Patti Bomgardner August 9, 2017, 8:45 am

    Such pretty cards. ☺ I will have to give this a try.

  • Maggie B August 9, 2017, 9:53 pm

    Just waiting on my Tiara refill and I’m all over this project!! My poor ink pad is dry as a bone. Thanks for sharing!! ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

  • Mary August 10, 2017, 4:35 pm

    So cute! Such pretty cards.

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