This weekend I was able to spend an entire day at my craft desk (this NEVER happens) and I was inspired by another of Kelly Latevola's videos on Distress Ink backgrounds. Kelly never ceases to amaze me with her talent and if you haven't seen her YouTube videos make sure to check her out. I used dies from Pink & Main and the Neat and Tangled Wild Ones and Sweet Treat Sentiments sets to create these cards and I just love how bright and cherry they came out.
I used Distress Inks in: Abandoned Coral, Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, and Picked Raspberry. I smooshed some of each color on to my craft sheet and sprayed them with water to create a watercolor palette. For the first back ground I applied the colors in stripes, blending them together were they met to get the in between colors. I kept the color pretty saturated because I wanted them to be very vibrant.
For the other cards I used the wet on wet technique where you put water on to your paper before adding your watercolors. It helps the colors to flow and mix.
For the rainbow stripe background I decided that I wanted to keep it simple and really showcase the beautiful colors in it. I used the Pink & Main "Happy" dies to cut both the word and its shadow or outline in the center of the stripe. I used foam tape to adhere the background to the front of an A2 card base. I used a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen to go over the entire word and then I glued the word directly on to the card base within the shadow cut. To finish it off I kept it simple and just added a few sequins.
For my next background I wanted to keep it bright and cheerful. I had just colored some of the animals in the Neat & Tangled Wild Ones stamp set and decided to try to create a scene with them.
I just couldn't get it to look the way I wanted with all of them so I chose the two that really said birthday, the monkey and the turtle. I also wanted to give it some dimension and decided I would try a window cut in to the front, but I didn't like the plain white underneath it. So I adhered the large background piece with foam tape, stamped my sentiment on the cut out circle and then glued that circle directly to the card base.
I positioned the monkey so that his balloon overlapped the die cut to kind of pull everything together. Then to finish it off I added some Nuvo Drops in the primary colors as accents.
Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards today. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments. also let me know what kind of cards you'd like to see next on the blog. Have a great day! XO ~ Amy