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    FEATURE FRIDAY: INK AND/OR PAPER TECHNIQUES!

    In today's Feature Friday, our designers our sharing their favorite ink and/or paper technique using our brand-new ink and paper! Let their work inspire your own ink and paper creations—and, if you're not already, be sure to follow their designs on Instagram, as well.

    ASHLEA CORNELL - @ASHLEA_CRAFTS

    Embossing | Paper Stripes

    Ashlea heat embossed beautiful gold lettering atop some multicolored paper stripes for a really fun, but elegant, thank you card perfect for any recipient. 

     

    BECKY ROBERTS - @INKINGIDAHO

    Ink Blending

    Becky has beautifully blended Honeysuckle and Sorbet, using the Hexagon Label Dies to separate the colors. The end result is a summery concoction that looks delicious enough to eat!

     

     

    CARISSA WILEY - @CARISSAWILEY

    Inking Using Brayers

    Carissa used one of her favorite techniques to create this exquisitely abstract background. Using a brayer and Ballet Slipper, Honeysuckle, Grapefruit, Sea Glass, Peacock, and Stardust inks, she created different textures and color intensities.

     

     

    DANA JOY - @MZDANAJOY

    Faux Stitching | Embossing

    Dana made stitching "sew" easy by using a gel pen to create faux stitching! She then heat embossed the sentiment over some primary-colored paper striping for a really fun finished project.

     

    ERICA AB - @ERICA_CACACRAFT

    Multicolored Background Using Paper Strips

    Erica has created a rainbow sunburst background using paper strips placed asymmetrically making it playful and fun. The ombre ink hexagon label with emboss resist sentiment is a gorgeous final touch! 

     

     

     

     

    JANA MILLEN - @JANAMILLEN

    Ink Blending with Stencils | Matting with Paper

    Jana created a lovely frame for the centerpiece of her card by cutting and layering paper mats from different colors of cardstock. She then used a stencil to shade and blend her ink. So lovely! 

     

    JEFF LINDBERG - @MRJEFFLINDBERG

    Tone-on-Tone Stamping | Paper Embossing

    Jeff shows us how beautiful tone-on-tone stamping really can be with his Buttercup-on-Buttercup stamping. This technique can be subtle with soft, subtle colors, or pop with bright colors. Either way, it's a fun way to change up coordination! The paper embossing adds a touch of modernity, as well.

     

     

    JESSICA FROST-BALLAS - @JESSICAFROSTBALLAS

    Ink Blending | Embossing

    Jessica gets us ready for Christmas with this dazzling holiday card, blending the ink from Midnight to Peacock to Oceanside—like a cold winter night. The embossed snowflake is the perfect centerpiece!

     

     

    JUSTINE HOVEY - @JUSTINEHOVEY

    Justine enchants us with this blue and gold card by using emboss resist: She embossed the plaid in gold, and then inked the cardstock; where the embossing was, the ink did not stick (or resisted). The result? A merry and bright holiday greeting!

     

    LAURA BASSEN - @LAURAFADORA

    Paper Piecing

    Laura has used paper piecing to create a rainbow-striped background for her Fresh Cut Florals flower and Hexagon Labels sentiment. We think you'll all agree that the result is stunning!

     

    LAUREL BEARD - @LAURELBEARD

    Ink Blending, Splattering, Spritzing

    Laurel is an ink enthusiast! Here you can see several different techniques: blending, splattering, spritzing—basically, having fun! The lesson here is: Don't be afraid to get messy and experiment. 

     

     

    LINDSEY LARSEN - @OCCASIONALCRAFTING

    Ink Ombre

    Lindsey has used the ombre ink technique in three different color combinations to create the same card with three different looks! She even changed the orientation on one, showing more options.

     

     

    LYDIA FIEDLER - @UNDERSTANDBLUE

    Inked Die-Cut Florals

    Lydia uses a spray bottle with water and Aqua Sky, Honeysuckle, and Buttercup inks to ink up her Fresh Cut Florals petals before assembling the flower to get this gorgeous tie-dye flower look.

     

    SEEKA - @SKYPAPERSCISSORS

    Watercolor Block Stamping

    Seeka stamped her ink directly from an acrylic block, along with a spritz of water, to get this stunning backdrop to her white framed flowers and pop-of-gold sentiment. 

     

    TENIA NELSON - @TENIANELSON

    Heat Embossing | Watercoloring

    Tenia employed some cool heat embossing for her sentiment and backdrop, while also using some color-on-color watercoloring, giving her flower and leaves some extra shading and dimension.

     

    WANDA GUESS - @STAMPCATWG

    Watercoloring with Ink Pads

    Wanda has demonstrated true artistry here using her ink pads to watercolor her darling little birthday boy. Tip: Controlling the amount of water you use allows you to adjust the intensity of the color.

     

     

    FOLLOW THESE DESIGNERS ON THEIR INSTAGRAM FOR COLOR INSPIRATION—AND WATCH FOR MORE CREATIONS FROM THEM ON OUR BLOG THROUGHOUT JULY ON FEATURE FRIDAYS!