Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ICS Blog Hop - Varied Vases

Woo Hoo it's the first Wednesday of the month you know what that means RIGHT? ICS Blog hop time!  I wasn't able to do the hop in July, so I'm super excited to be back this month of August.  Our theme this month is the an awesome Color Challenge!

I am so excited to have both Blackberry Bliss and Coastal Cabana back in our main color collection!

It starts with the Flirty Flamingo card base (8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4").  The next card stock layer is Coastal Cabana (5 1/4" x 4") and stamped in Coastal Cabana using the "filler flowers" in the Varied Vases stamp set.  This layer is adhered to the base using snail adhesive.  

The focal point is the background.  It is a piece of Shimmery Whisper White paper that is (4 3/4" x 3 1/2").  I started out with a larger piece, but decided to trim down.  I took my ink pads of Flirty Flamingo and Coastal Cabana and dabbed them on a large E Block.  While I used my full size ink pads this time I would definitely recommend using ink spots.  Keeping the block flat so the colors don't run spritz a few times with water.  I have found that the water and ink goes everywhere when you do this, so be prepared to make a mess. :)  Then you flip the block over onto the Shimmery paper, press down, and let it stay there a few seconds.  You then peel the block off and I do this from top to bottom so when the extra ink/water flows it does so towards the dark part at the bottom.   It's best to then dab the excessive ink/water, and use the heat tool on low to finish drying very carefully.  I saw this technique done at a demonstrator training and absolutely love it because no two backgrounds are the same. 

The vases are stamped on Whisper White card stock scraps in Blackberry Bliss,  cut out with the new Vases Builder Punch, and popped with dimensionals.    The flowers, shelf, and sentiment are also stamped in Blackberry Bliss on the Shimmery paper after it is all dry.  The sentiment is cutout by a 1" punch, adhered to a Coastal Cabana small scalloped circle (from the Layering Circles Framelits), and popped with dimensionals.  The whole piece is also popped from the Coastal Cabana layer with dimensionals to finish off the card.

I hope you enjoyed my card!

The next stop in our blog hop is my friend, Deb


  1. Love the background, and bet it is way more shimmery in person!

  2. Super use of the ink technique - soooo pretty!

  3. The background is to 'dye' for! I love it!

  4. Wow an awesome technique & it creates a beautiful background!!!! Love this!!! Will be trying this for sure!

  5. Great technique using the acrylic blocks!

  6. Great background with the different colors!

  7. Such a pretty background technique you achieved gf! Excited to see you in November!