Hi everyone and welcome back! On insta (@jaycee.gaspar) many of my crafty friends have been making these wonderful ink blended backgrounds using an array of inks. The trend I’ve been seeing on my feed are these wonderful soft pinks to yellows. I wanted to revisit another stamp set from Altenew called Way Too Sweet and create a beautifully playful Valentine’s themed gradient background.
I do not own the full collection of distress inks or oxides like some of the people I follow on instagram, so I had to make due with the Tsukineko Dew Drop inks. I’m still very proud of the result, regardless and I would rather use my stash before investing in new inks. I ended up drying out some of the ink pads since these inks are a few years old…so unfortunately I don’t remember the names of the inks I used. But I did a pale pink gradient into a bright orange to yellow. I let the yellow fade into the white card stock.
I patterned stamped the two popsicle images in pairs around the ink blended background in embossing ink and then white heat embossed the images. To fill in some of the smaller gaps I used the smaller heart images and white heat embossed those as well. The white heat embossing covers the entire panel, even into the white areas of the background.
I used a scrap piece of white cardstock and mirrored my gradient background for the sentiments. Both of these sentiments come from the same stamp set as the popsicles. I raised up the sentiments on foam squares and then put some thread behind the largest sentiment as to not lose the sentiment into the blended background. Last thing I did was die cut a few hearts from the accompanying die set from the scraps of the ink blended background and adhered them in place. I put a bit of shimmer with a liquid shimmer pen onto these hearts.
Do you all love or dread Valentine’s Day? Either way I think this card could be for someone you love, regardless of the occasion. Have a sweet day!