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The Same, But Different

Isn't it amazing what a difference a color palette makes? Case in point, the three cards below use the exact same combination of Tim Holtz products; the only variations are the choice of colors I blended to make each unique background panel.


I used Stampers Anonymous "Field Notes" Cling Stamp Set, Idea-Ology "Remnant" Rubs and sentiments from the Idea-Ology Clippings Sticker Book. I was inspired to make a bunch of different backgrounds using the brand new Distress Ink color, Speckled Egg, which is a lovely soft blue that falls somewhere between Tumbled Glass and Broken China on the Distress Spectrum, with a slightly grey-er tone that means it's also quite nice with Weathered Wood. Ranger have released Speckled Egg across their entire product line, which means you can get Distress Ink, Paint, Embossing Glaze, Spray Stain, Oxide Spray and even a super cute enamel pin. 




But the variety I'm using today is Speckled Egg Distress Oxide, combined with other Oxide colors using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. Some of my combinations were inspired by Kristina Werner's awesome DO Blending Series but adjusted to fit the colors I own; some were just shades I thought might look good together. The blends in this photo are, from top left going clockwise: #1 Speckled Egg, Festive Berries and Vintage Photo; #2 Speckled Egg, Chipped Sapphire and Wilted Violet; #3 Speckled Egg, Pine Needles and Cracked Pistachio; #4 Broken China, Speckled Egg and Shabby Shutters; and finally #5 Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone. I used combos 1, 2 and 4 to make my cards.



I kept the entire sheet of Field Notes Stamps together, placed it in the MISTI and inked it with Memento's Tuxedo Black, choosing a different section of the stamping panel for each card. I gave each stamped panel a super skinny black mat and then affixed it to a kraft A2 card. I covered three Recycled Kraft Tags (#1 size) pretty randomly with Remnant Rubs and added an additional transfer which I had applied to a scrap of ink-blended paper and fussy cut. The sentiments are from the Clippings Sticker Book, backed with little scraps of cardstock so I could pop them up on foam tape.


I was thrilled not only with how many beautiful color combinations I could make, just off the top of my head, using Speckled Egg; but also how differently they looked when made into cards. All of the products in this post are available to ship immediately from The Ink Pad's Online Store, in case you want to try some ink-blending experiments of your own! ♥


Lauren Bergold

will be in her lair inventing new 

ink blending combos if you need her.

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