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Bloomin' Awesome

I love stickers, generally; and Appree Pressed Flower Stickers particularly. There are nearly thirty different varieties and I expect I will work my way through most of them, but today I decided to use up some open packs of Lilac, Apple Blossom, Ivy, Bracken, Rapeseed Flowers and Butterflies. I've paired them with my Dina Wakley Alphabet Stencils. In each letter of my sentiments, I blended Bundled Sage and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxides with Picket Fence Studios' Life Changing Blender Brushes and when dry I outlined with a Pitt Artist Pen. Then came the fun part... adding the stickers! As noted...

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The Magic of Opaque Pens

There are few things more magical in the Craftiverse than an opaque pen which writes smoothly and shows up really well on black paper. Here are the newest ones I've added to my arsenal: Metallic Poscas, Zig Acrylistas and the good old Uniball Signo which, if anything, is even better than I remembered!   Posca Pens are arguably *the* name in opaque paint pens for use on a variety of surfaces, so it won't be too surprising to hear that their metallic paint pens are every bit as good. In these samples I've used the 5mm bullet tip in Metallic...

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Stunning in Sepia

Inspiration can come from anywhere, or anyone! When Anna, owner of The Ink Pad, mentioned that she thought our friend Linda Edkins Wyatt's newest Lemurian Gardens stencils from StencilGirl would look really cool if done in tones of browns and sepia, with maybe some zen-doodling on top; I immediately agreed. So I decided to base my next card on exactly that idea. Or, as it turned out, my next few cards! I used several of the flowers from Linda's ATC Mix Up stencil and her 6" Lemurian Leaves stencil. I experimented with a few different Distress Ink Colors (Vintage Photo, Frayed...

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Ghost in the Machine

Introducing Rinea's most unique new product: Ghost Ink! Designed to be used with their amazing metallic foiled papers (of which The Ink Pad has a fabulous selection!) Ghost Ink actually removes a layer of color, rather than adding one, for quite a magical effect. I positioned a bunch of the sentiments from Picket Fence Studios' Ways to Express Yourself stamp set on the MISTI, inked them with the Ghost Ink, and stamped in the same way I would have done with any other ink. After letting the stamped panel dry for about 15 seconds (as recommended in the instructions printed...

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Super-Soft Stenciling

When presented with an absolutely beautiful stencil like Picket Fence Studios' Slim Line Basket Petals from The Ink Pad, my inclination is to use it boldly, all over the front of my card. But lately I've been starting to appreciate the concept of "less is more" so this time I've used just a small amount of the stencil, towards the center of my card, and let it feather out lightly towards the edges. Salvaged Patina may be my favorite Distress Oxide at the moment; it's fresh not-quite-blue, not-quite-green aesthetic seems like the perfect summer shade! I used it as the background...

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