If you love the subtle look of gradient colors flowing from one hue into the next, you might like this project. If you are also a fan of vivid, rainbow tones, we know you’ll love this project. There may not be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but you’re sure to find a smile!
Using a rainbow of MFT inks, begin to ink up the background stamp. For this project, start at the bottom with Wild Cherry. Next, add Orange Fizz, butting right up to the Wild Cherry. The inks may overlap a bit, which is fine as it helps to create the blended look. Some of the inks may bleed onto your ink pad as you layer them on the stamps but blotting the ink pad with a tissue should remove the errant ink.
Continue the ink progression with Lemon Drop, Sour Apple, Berrylicious and Grapesicle. This photo shows how the stamp will look once it’s completely inked.
Next, stamp the image onto a sheet of Smooth White Card Stock. Jodi worked relatively quickly to keep the inks from drying on the stamp. She also “huffed” on the ink to keep it moist as she added color. This stamp, like all of the MFT Background stamps, is 5.75″ square. These dimensions are perfect as the stamped image can be trimmed and used to completely cover an A2 card, either vertically or horizontally. Additionally, the size is perfect for a square card.
Now that you’ve created your stamped background, you can complete your card. For this example, the new TRANSFORM-ables Heart Full of Love Die-namics was used so that the diecut window could best showcase the stamped background.
The inside sentiment is from the Love Story stamp set. The card interior can be linked to the exterior by inking the sentiment in the same rainbow pattern.
The rainbow effect created in this sample is lovely and versatile but, the same technique could be used for a variety of styles and occasions. Imagine how lovely a serene, water-like gradient of blues and greens might look. Or how fun and flirty a purple, pink, and red transition would be. There are so many options with this technique. We hope you’ll give it a shot and share your results with us!