Rainbow Connection

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!

Rainbow 4

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.

Rainbow 1

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.

Rainbow 2

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.

Rainbow 3

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.

Rainbow 4

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.

Rainbow 5

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!


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23 Responses to Rainbow Connection

  1. 1
    Zehra says:

    What a gorgeous card, thank u

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    Angelique says:

    Love this! I want to case!

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    Jeannine Brenner says:

    Love the BG stamp in rainbow…looks great! Beautiful rainbow sentiment inside too!!

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    Carmen M. says:

    This is gorgeous and you made it look so simple :)

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    Paula B says:

    Jodi… I’m really loving this card!…. B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L…. but… How did you keep all the inks ‘wet’ enough to finally stamp it? And didn’t you get some unwanted ink transferred onto the next ink pads, like orange ink on the yellow pad or blue on the purple?

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    Gabby says:

    Great card! Like the colors, stamped bkgrd and “love” panel. :)

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    Judith says:

    Amazing! I also wonder how you managed to ‘keep the colours in place’ without one is transferred to the other?

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    Tammy says:

    gorgeous card. and I love the way the colors just flow together. one of the better gradients I have seen. Good job and thanks for sharing

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    Claire Murray says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Rainbow colours. I think I will try this out soon as I am the proud owner of the stamp and die! I also was impressed by the ingenious use of the Cuttlebug Cutting Mat as an acrylic block…very clever!

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    Sue McRae says:

    What a fabulous card design!

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    Joyce says:

    What a great card, and awesome stamp!

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    Birgit says:

    What a darling card! I love it!! Thanks for always inspiring.

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    Jodi Collins says:

    Hi everyone! Glad you all like my tutorial!

    To answer your questions:

    1. I inked the stamp with the colors quite fast, and then “huffed” onto the stamp to keep them wet enough to stamp properly;

    2. Yes, some of the inks wound up on other ink pads, but I simply blotted them with a tissue to remove the unwanted ink. Easy peasy!

    Please let me know if you have any other questions!!

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    Donna Whitten says:

    So pretty!!!

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    Sabine says:

    this is beautiful!!! Now I wish I would have added more inks to my order yesterday!

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    Amante del Papel says:

    what a fantastic card! I love this colors!

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    Heidi Orndorff says:

    love this technique! Thank you.

  18. 18

    Total new style for you Jodi – LOVE IT!!!

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    Tracey says:

    Fantastic technique!! Loving the rainbow colours!!

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    Pat McCleary says:

    Oh I love this card. The background is gorgeous.

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    Davi says:

    FAb card Jodi~ Love the way you did the rainbow insert, thanks for sharing how to do that :)

  22. 22

    Love the color graduation and the ‘love’ overlay looks fantastic over the background!

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    Lagene says:

    Fantastic multi colored background!, lovely card!