A Sympathy Card with Brushed Ink Blending

Hello again! I’m so glad to be joining the design team for another year of fabulous projects! For my first project of this term, I thought I’d start off with some darker colors since I always tend to work in brights and whites. Plus, it’s always good to have a sympathy card on hand, just in case.

To make this card, I chose Curious Metallic cardstock in Poison Ivory and Chocolate. The main reason I went with this kind of cardstock is the coating on the paper – it’s terrific for blending inks. Also, the metallic sheen in the cardstock shows through dye and pigment inks. It’s such a lovely finish on an otherwise flat card.

I taped down a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch piece of ivory to my work surface and then taped the stencil over it to keep them from shifting while I was laying down ink.

The stencil has a jagged edge, which is a little tricky to use with sponge blenders. I opted for an ink blending brush, and starting with the lightest color, swept the ink horizontally over the stencil and onto the paper.

The dye ink I used has a minute or two of working time before it dries completely. It’s easy to smudge edges or clean up mistakes with a small eraser. So, after I lifted the stencil, I went around the edges of the inked area to soften them a little.

Next, I die-cut the ivory cardstock with a pierced rectangle die, then matted the panel with a 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 piece of chocolate cardstock.

To figure out how I wanted to stamp the flowers, I made a test image so I could mess around with placement.

I knew I wanted to be able to smudge out my flower image as well, but I needed a bit more control. Once I was happy with where I had them, I moved the tester and chose a pigment ink to stamp the flower silhouette over my inked area.

Then, I used my finger to dab it a little and soften the edges. You can really see the sparkle from the cardstock here!

Pigment ink does not dry as fast as dye ink on Curious Metallic cardstock – think watercolor versus oil paint. I had to be super careful not to touch the flowers after I had them how I wanted. You can use a heat tool, though, to speed up drying time.

For the sentiment, I grabbed a MISTI to make sure I didn’t ruin the flowers and to get my sentiment on straight. I die-cut “forgotten” from chocolate cardstock to match the mat, and using it, aligned the “gone, but not” just above. Then, I adhered the word with a few dabs of Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

And here’s the finished card!

Thanks a ton for coming by today! Those fabulous Curious Metallic cardstocks are on sale for March, so stock up soon!

❤️  Niki • cardstoq.com • @cardstoq (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

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