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Happy Stencil Sunday

Here's a fun card using a couple of the gorgeous Lemurian Garden stencils, designed by The Ink Pad's friend Linda Edkins Wyatt, for StencilGirl. For the record, these are one of our favorite releases of this year!     This design features the Lily 4x 4" Stencil and a bit of extra foliage from the 6" Tulip Stencil. The flower is colored with blended Distress Oxide Inks that range from Chipped Sapphire at the base of the bloom, Mermaid Lagoon in the center, and lightening out to Speckled Egg at the top. The foliage is Twisted Citron, toned down just a bit with Antique Linen. The inks are applied over a base of randomly torn...

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Pressed Flowers?

Brand new to The Ink Pad: Sixteen varieties of Appree Pressed Flower Stickers, which look exactly like dried flowers, without any of the mess. Perfect for journals, planners, scrapbooks or... as you'll see in a minute... cards!     There are a total of sixteen (16!) beautiful varieties, including: Gypsophila, Eucalyptus, Bracken, Marguerite, Forget-Me-Not, Lavender, Geranium, Manchurian Violet, Larkspur, Calendula, Mini Rose, Globe Amaranth, Rapeseed Flower, Cherry Blossom, Big Leaf Hydrangea and Mimosa. I've used five (Mini Rose, Violet, Rapeseed, Eucalyptus and Bracken) and I adore how very realistic these are: I was honestly surprised, when I took them out of the packet, to find that they were...

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It's Mandala Monday

And what better way to celebrate the happiest day of the week than with some amazing new Mandala Cling Stamps from Impression Obsession, available at The Ink Pad. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different combinations of oxide ink and embossing powder. Some of my faves were Vintage Photo, Chipped Sapphire and Speckled Egg Oxides in WOW clear embossing powder on kraft paper; and the subtle texture of Pumice Stone on white paper. I especially liked the look with the round, wrought-ironish Mandala Cling 2 stamp, which I've used both colored and uncolored on the lower layers of my cards. But it's hard to beat good old Ranger White embossing powder on white...

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Layered Patchwork Stencils

I had a lot of fun playing with a pair of Tim Holtz Patchwork Stencils from Idea-Ology, and appropriately enough, I used a bunch of Tim's beautiful Distress Oxide Inks. Coincidentally, all of these supplies are available at The Ink Pad. I chose a palette of warm analagous colors: Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany, to be precise. But since the stencil's elements are set fairly far apart, making it possible to ink each cube or circle separately, you could use any combination you like together. I chose to work in rows, and played around with placing the stencils horizontally, vertically and (my favorite) diagonally. I even...

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Traveler's Notebook Update

August is an especially colorful month in my Traveler's Notebook, particularly the Monthly Free Diary section in which I record all of my assignments and projects. Thanks to some fairly awesome Everyday Explorers Co stamps from The Ink Pad.   I used the Calendar Days set and a rainbow of Distress Oxide Inks to fill in all the days of the month; the days of the week (stamped in black) are from the same set. I didn't use a tiny calendar from the Let's Be Explorers Planner Months this time, but I often do and again, it's a very helpful set. The large open letterforms of these fabulous Alpha Masks and Stencils from Dina...

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