Blended Best Birthday with Chrissie Tobas

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Hi everyone! Chrissie here, with a bright card that combines color blending and emboss resist! I love, love, love using as much color as I can, even on my Clean & Simple cards. So, using Catherine Pooler inks is literally a no-brainer for me. They are so vibrant and they truly blend so well. Plus, they react with water to create some amazing effects.

Naturally Inspired

I stamped and white heat embossed the Medallion Mix Up Stamp Set onto white cardstock (trimmed to 3 3/4 x 5 inches) and activated it with a heat gun. Using a blending tool, I added some color!

I blended BelliniTiara and Party Dress onto the cardstock. The white embossing power creates a resist. I tried to place the Party Dress ink towards the center of the medallions and then blended it into Tiara and Bellini.

I stamped the “best” sentiment from the Simply the Best Stamp Set onto some shimminering cardstock in VersaMark (watermark) ink. I also heat embossed that with white powder. Then, I carefully trimmed around the edges and cut the sentiment out.

I then stamped “have the” and “birthday” onto plain white strips of cardstock (about 2 inches wide by 1/2 inch high) in Midnight ink. Using the ink blending tool and Party Dress ink, I made my own colored background. By using an ink color I already had on my card, I could match the sentiment strips perfectly to the blending in the back. This is one of the many reasons I love using ink in non-stamping ways. It is so easy to get everything to coordinate.

Naturally Inspired Detail

I flicked some water onto the back panel using a plain brush and allowed it to dry. Then I assembled my card. I created the white card base out of cardstock and trimmed it to 4 1/4 x 11 inches. I scored it at 5 1/5 inches, creating a top folding card. I trimmed a piece of black shimmering cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. I adhered the front panel to it using a tape runner. Then, I adhered that piece to the base using foam squares. I added the “best” sentiment to the lower right with foam squares and the other two sentiments above and below with a tape runner.

By creating an emboss resist with brightly colored inks, this card really pops! Don't be afraid to create unique color combos to create one-of-a-kind backgrounds!


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  • Marjorie DUMONTIER December 27, 2017, 3:32 pm

    That’s such a great card. !

  • Kirsty Vittetoe December 29, 2017, 11:13 pm

    I LOOOOOOVE this idea!!!!

  • Ava Gavloski December 31, 2017, 2:10 pm

    Very cute card. Color tones are nice.

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