Gosh, STAMPtember was so much fun! My favourite crafty month of the year. My favourite season of the crafty year is now as we prepare for autumn and winter and all the holidays we celebrate. Let’s kick off with the glowing colours of fall.
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moody autumn vibes with deep embossing and buttery ink blending
I blended Walnut Stain, Crackling Campfire, and Fossilized Amber onto a 120lb white card. The ink blended like butter on this card, as Laura Bassen would say. While the ink was still dampening the card, I ran it through with the Wheat Stems embossing folder. This is a classic autumn image, and the embossing is deep and cleanly etched. Having damp paper helps to get this effect. Mine was damp from the ink blending, but a couple of spritzes of water does the same job on dry card.
I splattered the panel with some inks squished onto a mat and picked up with a wet brush. I also splattered with white acrylic ink. I chose this over my usual white gouache because gouache tends to react with the inks and discolours, whereas acrylic ink keeps its brightness.
I trimmed the panel and added a Wood Plank die down the side. I’d die cut this panel from a card that I’d ink blended with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain. Once die cut, I ran a white ink pad over the top to try and emphasise the grain details. I’m unsure if it entirely worked, but I still liked it to ground the main panel.
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