Sentiments always look great as the focal point of a card design but as I created this project I wanted something a little more. I usually just stamp my sentiment and don’t worry too much about it but now and then, you really want to take it up a notch. How can you do this in a flash and still keep it super easy?
The secret is simple. Stamp that sentiment with two colors of ink. You don’t need any special ink pads for this…just choose two colors that will blend well and ink up that stamp.
It’s Day 2 of the October MFT Stamps Countdown and the release is almost here! Today I’m featuring the brand new (and gorgeous) Hand-Lettered Christmas stamp set. It’s big, bold and beautiful and right on trend! And while it’s perfect for the holidays, you’ll find that you can use a lot of the sentiments for other occasions as well. Bonus!
As I mentioned above, an easy way to make this sentiment even prettier is to stamp it with two colors of ink. You want to do this all in one single impression to get perfect spacing and blending. To ink up the stamp, just lay it face up on your work surface and ink it from one side with one ink and then carefully ink from the other side with the other. Make sure that the entire surface is covered, then stamp. I like to use two colors that are very close together on the color wheel so that they blend visually well. Pink and red are great choices as I’ve used here in Razzle Berry and Red Hot Dye inks. If you’d like your colors to blend well, I like using dye inks in this case, but you can also do this technique with pigment or hybrid inks as well. It’s so easy I almost hesitate to call it a technique. Whatever it is…it’s a great quick and easy way to really highlight the sentiment!
Quick Tip: Start inking your sentiment stamp with the lighter toned ink first to prevent staining on your ink pad.
This card design also includes some great sets that I’ve already sneak peeked this week. I’m just adoring that new background…the Moroccan Lattice Background. It’s stunning, inks up beautifully and is just the right amount of pattern. There’s also Deer Friends and Deer Friend Die-namics. This is a fabulous set for coloring but look how sweet that deer looks simply stamped behind the sentiment in Grout Gray Dye Ink. You may also recognize the twigs and foliage from the Deer Friends set as well. On Day 5 of the release countdown I used the dies of these images to create felt sprigs to decorate some ornaments. They look fab stamped as well.
It’s been really fun and festive around here for the past week but there’s still more to come! Make sure you pop in each day. Be sure to stop by the MFT blog as the release countdowns always bring tons of inspiration and chances to win! What’s not to love?!