Hello Card - Warm Colors

Hello has become, or was a thing in card making.  I never know if I'm in the trend or just following up in the rear as the trend is coming to an end.  Either way, I love the "Hello" and I'll be creating these types of cards for some time to come.  They're fun and they are the perfect way to send a note without the need for a reason, season or occasion.  Enough of my rambling, let's get to the making of the card.  That's why your here right?

In an effort to move out of my blue/teal/green comfort zone I started by pulling all warm colors from my Distress Mini cubes - Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Candied Apple.  Moving on...

Once I had my ink challenge colors picked, I cut a 4x6 panel from Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I love this paper for ink blending, especially since I love using a lot of water in my techniques.  This paper is thick and smooth, great for blending, but it also handles wet media without warping.  

I started blending from the center out, beginning with the lightest color of Mustard Seed.  Working outward I applied Carved Pumpkin and ended by adding Candied Apple to the outside edges.  

 
Mustard Seed


Carved Pumpkin 

Candied Apple

I continued to blend colors, lightest to darkest until I had a rich color panel.  Once the color was rich I went to town with my Distress Sprayer and created a fantastic splatter effect.  

Close-up of the water splatter
I had a stunning panel and I wanted to add some detail with some background stamping.  I pulled one of the Unity Stamps I purchase a while back, that I hadn't yet used.  Yes, I buy stuff, add it to my stash and forget to use it, but we'll talk about that later.  The Thoughts from the Past stamp is only 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.  I had to get creative and stamped it at an angle to cover the panel, using My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink in Black Licorice.



The last detail I added to the panel was the white "Hello" die cut.  I used the Avery Elle Simply Said Hello die and some white cardstock from my scrap stash.  

  
To complete the card I mounted the panel on a white 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch card base.  The end result is a bright card that really pops.  


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