It’s dark and cold outside, so what better time than now to break out the rainbows!  Jenny here, and today I have two cards for you that feature ink blending with a rainbow array of inks (I’m using inks from Catherine Pooler Designs).    Both of these cards use the December Hedgehog Hollow box stamps and stencil.

I love using rainbow inks on cards, but occasionally I end up blending two colors that I really shouldn’t, and I make brown – this can happen when you mix colors opposite each other on the color wheel, also known as complementary colors.

I like to plan out my rainbow ahead of time by laying out the ink pads to make sure I don’t end up with purple next to green or blue next to orange, for example!

For my first card, I stamped the main focal heart image from the box in WOW! Embossing Ink and heat embossed in WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder.  I stamped the heart off to the side for interest, and also to leave room for a sentiment.

I ink blended my colors lightly over the centre of the heart and worked out to the edges.  I only blended a tiny amount, knowing I could go back later on and add more if I needed to.  I overlapped the edge of the heart and extended the color a little to make sure it shows up.  I also added a few water splatters to add some interest.

The embossing resists the ink, and you can buff it at the end with a microfiber cloth to make the embossing shiny white again.

I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink directly over the top.  Again the embossing resists the ink, and it looks like the sentiment is slightly behind the heart.

As a finishing touch, I added some clear sequins in a few places and mounted the panel onto a card base.

For my next card, I chose to ink blend over the stencil from the box.

I laid the stencil down and secured it with tape.  I then gently ink blended the colors over the top moving from Rockin’ Red, to Pixie Dust, All That Jazz, Lime Rickey, Limoncello, and Orange Twist.  I then lifted off the stencil to be left with a crisp white heart pattern.

I die cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it onto a card base.  For my sentiment, I heat embossed the Be Mine in WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder onto black cardstock, then fussy cut it out and mounted it on foam squares to my card.  This also covers up the ‘Love’ sentiment from the stencil, which I didn’t want to use this time.

For embellishment this time, I used a variety of Nuvo Crystal Drops, Glitter Drops, and Jewel Drops in co-ordinating colors scattered around the card panel.

For those of you who celebrate, have a wonderful festive season, I hope this brightened your day!

Jenny