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Uncorked for Paper Players #382

Ink Resist Feathers

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

Quick post for you this afternoon.

I created this card for the AECP for the Easy Ink Blending Techniques class.  I used two of the techniques in different lessons:  Ink Blended Card Stock and Faux Watercoloring.

I began by stamping the feathers onto a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and heat embossing them with superfine embossing powder.  I then die cut the leaves and then filled in the gaps between the embossed barbs of the feather  with 4 different colors of green/blue inks. 

AECP Ink Blending Closeup (1 of 1)

I didn't have the exact color of cardstock to complement the embossed feathers, so used the ink blending techniques on two different sized rectangles.  One with the green and one with the blue.  That way I could match and complement the colors perfectly.

I mounted the layers together and then placed them onto my card base and stamped the sentiment.   I added an enamel dot - and the card was ready.

Here's my full card:

AECP Ink Blending (1 of 1)

Of course, I had to do a little something-something to the envelope :-)

AECP Ink Blending Closeup Envelope (1 of 1)

I was really pleased with the way it turned out and so glad that I was able to match the colors for the rectangle layers.  I also love the soft green and blue with all of that wonderful white space and the white embossed feathers.

On a personal note:

Still waiting for the snow to arrive.  Should be starting in a couple of hours and we are expecting anything up to 8 inches.  As I've said before..... I'm tired of winter - and so ready for spring, BUT, I do love the look of freshly fallen snow and I love how quiet it makes everything.  We are so overwhelmed by the sounds of man in today's world, that it is hard to sometimes hear nature - or hear ourselves think.  The snow creates a blanket of softness and sound absorbancy that I just love.  That reminds me of a poem I wrote many decades ago in my school final English exams.  Now.... if only I could remember what it was :-)  I do know that it was based on my memories as a child walking in the early morning - before sunrise - to go to the shop to pick up milk for breakfast.  it didn't snow often where I grew up, but it was wonderful when it did.

I clearly remember one morning, looking out of the window, at the soft yellow glow from the street lamps and the fresh blanket of snow.  It would have been about 5.30 am and no-one had gone down the street before me.   I remember walking along the street and looking back at my tweenage footprints in the snow - the only man-made shapes to disturb the snow.  I looked in front of me - at all the pristine snow - and wondered where in life my feet would take me.  Such an incredibly strong and indelible memory and one I remember everytime I manage to get out into the snow and be the first to plant my footprints.  And... oh.... those feet have taken me to so many amazing places since then. :-)

Before I go... I will leave you with a photo of two deer in our woodland - and a photo of the very handsome Bailey trying very hard to convince me that he was hungry :-)



I'll be back later with my Paper Players card.   In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#
  • Stamps:  Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Altenew