There is no doubt that Michelle Ward's Large Hex Pattern Stencil is absolutely beautiful on it's own, but sometimes a girl just needs to doodle, am I right? And a nice, big, geometric pattern makes the perfect framework.
It's easy to make a rainbow ombre background by applying three nice bright shades of Tsukineko's VersaFine Clair Ink (Cheerful Yellow, Charming Pink and Warm Breeze Blue to be exact) directly to the large Gel Plate, then lightly brayering the areas where the colors meet. It's important to choose shades that blend well together, which is where a Color Wheel comes in handy. The only other requirement for good results with this technique is that pigment-style inks tend to work better than dye inks. (So, for example, Distress Oxides are excellent for this; but ordinary Distress Inks come out rather splotchy.)
When the background was complete, I placed the Large Hex Stencil on top of the paper and used my Picket Fence Studio Brushes to apply more VersaFine Clair inks on top... using both the original three colors and some intermediate shades that occurred where they met. Then I went Doodle Crazy.
Which was a lot of fun, but seriously, what do you do with a card panel that is 8x10"?! I mean, really, that's enough for two A7 cards. OR... one A7 with a design on the front AND the back??!
I chose Karin Markers in Cerise and Canary to letter a nice blendy "hello" then fussy-cut and added it to the card with little slices of foam tape for extra dimension.
Just a reminder that The Ink Pad's 7th Avenue location is still open, but the move to new (nearby!) premises is imminent, so there are lots of fab sales going on. And of course The Ink Pad Online is there for you 24/7!
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