Cardmaking, EBE by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen

Pressing Thoughts with Guest Designer Seeka

Today our fabulous friend Seeka from SkyPaperScissors is here to share how the new Essentials by Ellen – Pressing Thoughts inspired her.

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Seeka here and I’m so happy to be on the blog today to share a one-layer card featuring the Pressing Thoughts stamp set.  I love to color flowers but another great way to use your floral stamps is to add color around a black and white floral image for a bold and more graphic look!

I started off by stamping the pretty pansy image in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink onto a 4.25” x 5.5” panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Next, I created a mask for the image by stamping it onto masking paper and cutting it out right up against the stamped line. I positioned the mask over the pansy I’d stamped on the panel of cardstock, and then used more masking paper to mask a ¾” border on the left, top, and right sides of the panel and a very wide border at the bottom, to leave space to stamp the sentiment. The result of the masks is an exposed rectangle that reveals  part of the masked pansies.

Next, I used a Large Altenew Ink Blending Tool to blend Altenew Coral Bliss Crisp Dye ink (available in the Tea Party Ink Cube set) over the bottom of the exposed rectangle, concentrating the color at the bottom of the rectangle and letting it fade slightly towards the middle.  Using another blending tool, I blended Sunkissed Crips Dye ink (available in the Warm and Cozy Ink Cube set) over the top of the rectangle, concentrating the color at the top and fading a bit towards the middle.  I then went back to add a bit more Coral Bliss at the center and alternated back and forth between Coral Bliss and Sunkissed a few times until I had a nice peachy blend between the two colors.  If you find blending dye inks challenging, I highly recommend these Altenew Ink Blending Tools; they make blending a breeze!

After I finished blending, I carefully removed the masks and enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing my inky messy masks give way to a crisp clean image underneath!

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiments in the same black ink and then used a Gina K. Designs Adhesive Dot Runner to adhere the card front to an A2-sized top-folding card base.  

Thank you so much for visiting!




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  • Reply lynnlhill June 16, 2021 at 6:26 am

    Seeka, your card is so crisp and clean – great masking! I am going to have to strive for a little perfection like this one! Thanks for sharing your talent and technique.

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik June 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

    What a great idea! with beautiful results!

  • Reply lauranorris321 June 16, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Lovely card! So simple yet beautiful.

  • Reply amy tsuruta June 16, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    So pretty!!

  • Reply TK June 21, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Love it! This is gorgeous, and a terrific idea!

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