Hey there friends! For today’s card I decided to have a little fun with my dye inks and Stampin’ Up!’s Autumn Greetings stamp set. The technique I used is called gradient ink blocking – or at least, that is what I’m calling it as I don’t know if it has an official name.
It’s a great technique for creating a beautiful card with an intricate image, that doesn’t require coloring.
As much as I love coloring, I don’t love coloring intricate images like the main image in the Autumn Greetings stamp set.
With this technique I can still add some bold color to my card.
Stampin’ Up! Autumn Greetings | “Give Thanks” Card
Let me start by showing you a close-up of the card.
As you can see, I used 6 different colors to create my blocked gradient. To create my label I chose a colored cardstock that coordinates with one of my ink colors.
Stampin’ Up! Autumn Greetings | “Give Thanks” Video Tutorial
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Stampin’ Up! Autumn Greetings| “Give Thanks” Card Supplies
I have all of the supplies I used to create this card listed below. All are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.
- Stamps: Autumn Greetings;
- Ink: Whisper White Craft ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Terracotta Tile, Cajun Craze and Cinnamon Cider Classic inks;
- Paper: Whisper White Thick CS, Whisper White CS, Cajun Craze CS
- Accessories: bone folder, Stitched Rectangles dies, Stitched Shapes dies, die cutting machine, sponge dauber, embossing powder tool, White embossing powder, heat tool, Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels, low tack tape, removable tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals, mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, stamping mask paper (Inkadinkadoo);
Stampin’ Up! Autumn Greetings| “Give Thanks” Card Dimensions
Below you’ll find a list of the dimensions of the pieces for each card.
- Whisper White Thick CS: a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece scored at 5 1/2″ to create a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ notecard;
- Whisper White CS: a 41/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece;
- Cajun Craze CS: a scrap piece;
Stampin’ Up! Autumn Greetings | “Give Thanks” Card Step-by-Step Tutorial
Here is how I made this card:
Step 1. Stamp the large floral image onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
Step 2. Place the third largest die from the Stitched Rectangles dies over the floral image. Hold the die in place using low tack tape and die cut it using a die cutting machine.
Step 3. Secure the die cut floral image onto your grid paper using a removable tape.
Step 4. Place a piece of stamping mask paper over the bottom portion of the die cut floral image, about 3/4″ down from the top. Sponge Daffodil Delight ink over the top of the die cut floral image using a sponge dauber.
Step 5. Remove the piece of stamping mask paper and position it about 3/4″ below the bottom edge of the Daffodil Delight sponged area. Place a second piece of stamping mask paper over the Daffodil Delight sponged area, leaving a very narrow strip of the Daffodil Delight ink showing. You will now have an exposed area that is about 3/4″ wide. Sponge Pumpkin Pie ink over the die cut floral image using a sponge dauber.
Step 6. Repeat step five, multiple times, to add a strip of Real Red ink, Terracotta Tile ink and Cajun Craze ink. When you get to the Cajun Craze ink, rather than measure down 3/4″, just place the stamping mask paper in the center of the remaining white area of cardstock so you have enough room for the final color of ink.
Step 7. Place a piece of stamping mask paper over the Cajun Craze sponged area, leaving a very narrow strip of the Cajun Craze ink showing. Sponge Cinnamon Cider ink over the bottom of the die cut floral image using a sponge dauber. As it is a lighter color, you will need to add a few layers of ink.
Step 8. Rub an embossing powder tool over a scrap piece of Cajun Craze cardstock. Stamp the greeting onto the cardstock, using Whisper White pigment ink. Sprinkle White embossing powder over the greeting. Tap off any excess ink and then heat it with a heat tool until the embossing powder has melted.
Step 9. Die cut the greeting using the second smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies and a die cutting machine.
Step 10. Fold a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock in half, using a bone folder, to create a card base.
Step 11. Stick the die cut floral panel onto the card base, on a slight angle, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Step 12. Stick the die cut greeting onto the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Where the greeting will overhang the stamped and sponged panel, layer two mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Step 13. Randomly stick some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels onto the card, as shown. You’re done!
There you have it friends!
I hope you enjoyed this card! I would love to know what you think in the comments below 🙂