Hi guys!! I FINALLY made some time to make a few cards for Darnell’s NBUS challenge that is going on as we speak. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. It’s a SUPER fun challenge that anyone can play along but the clock is ticking as we’re in the final week!! Click here to be redirected to Darnell’s blog and learn all about the NBUS Challenge.
Ok, so on to the card. This card I made because I desperately need a few Birthday cards for Birthday’s that have already passed. Oops!! I’m sooo bad!! My goal is to get these cards made and mailed BEFORE the Birthday, but that has yet to happen. I’m working on it though!
So I used the Lattice Grid stamp by Simon Says Stamp for my background. I used Happy Everything by Whimsy Stamps for the “Happy” and Strictly Sentiments 5 by WPlus9 for the “to you”. I was happy to use my Dymo Embossing Label Maker to print out the “Birthday”. All of those that I just listed are all NBUS.
All I did was heat emboss the background stamp on Tim Holtz watercolor paper with clear embossing powder, then I just used distress inks to ink blend me a nice background. I used Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Mermaid Lagoon. Once I had that done, I cut out a circle with my Nested Circles die by SSS and using my Mini Misti, I stamped out the sentiment. I added a few sequins and voila!! Card complete!!
I love ink blending, but I also wanted to compare it side by side to a watercolored background done the exact same way. So I did the exact same things as I did above, but instead of ink blending, I watercolored my background. I’ve used both techniques many times before, but I don’t think I’ve ever done an exact side by side of the two different techniques to see which one I like better. This week, I like the ink blending better. I very well may have done this before, but as my hubs says, I have the memory of a goldfish…. 😜
In the end, I think I like the ink blended card better because it’s more vibrant and it seems… neater. The colors blend better, therefore it looks neater, I guess. I’m not really sure, but I definitely like that one better.
Since my main focus was getting these made in time for the NBUS Challenge (ahem, I mean getting them out in the mail right away) I haven’t yet edited a process video, but as soon as time allows, I will get this card video uploaded to my YouTube channel. When I do, you will be able to click here to be redirected to my video. UPDATE: No process video coming. All videos were stolen when my external hard drive, among many other items were stolen from my vehicle last weekend.. ☹️ (see “Robbed” post next)
Thanks so much ladies and…. probably only ladies, for visiting my blog. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Oh, and don’t forget to check out my friend, Darnell’s blog. Not only are her posts hilariously entertaining, but she’s uber talented and she created this awesome NBUS challenge, which she runs a couple times a year.
Until next time, my friends ~ I’ll leave you with a few more pix.
I’m also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which I’ve never ever done so I have no idea how to get the cool little badge on here, but I’m entering anyway!! Anyone have any tips, I’m all ears…