For the background panel, I used Bright White Classic Crest 80# Cover Card Stock. I like using it for panels because it’s sturdier and has a smooth finish. Both features make for easier ink blending. For the card base, I used Curious Metallic Card Stock in Ice Gold. The shimmery card stock adds a touch of elegance.
Next, I did some ink blending. To make it easier, I secured the edges with purple tape. It’s a low tack tape so when I remove it the panel doesn’t rip as easily. You still need to be careful and pull the tape off at an angle. But, I’ve had great luck with this tape.
For the ink blending, I used my new brushes from Picket Fence along with Altenew inks. I tried to create an ombre look with the darkest color in the middle and fading out to lighter colors on the edges. I left a white strip at the top and bottom to create a frame.
I decided to pop-up the word Congrats with an adhesive backed purple foam. I ran the same die-cut through my die-cutting machine with the purple foam. Then added adhesive to the top of it so I could secure it to the other die-cut.
I created the four panels using the same technique but each in a different color. I ended up creating cards from two of the four panels. The others I’m putting aside to use later for other occasions.