Hi everyone, and welcome to your next stop on the Pinkfresh Studio September 2023 Ink Release blog hop! Today, we have an array of new ink colors from Pinkfresh Studio! I can’t tell you how excited I was that they were finally here! It was difficult to choose, but I decided for this first project (PFS has a new release IG hop tomorrow, 9/30/2023, with more inspiration!) to use their new family of greens called Green Gables, with a previously released design, the Songbirds on branches stamp, stencil, and die for a lovely holiday card.
This design makes a beautiful Spring/Summer card with the birds and the blooms, but I decided to use the new greens: Sage, Eucalyptus, Spruce Tips, and Lush Forest to make it more seasonal. I think this family of ink colors is a beautiful shade for Autumn and Winter cards. To help make it more holiday-ish, I combined the green with PSF’s bold red inks (Heartbeat), some splatter for snow, and a lovely seasonal sentiment.
I started with an 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 inch panel of heavyweight white cardstock and used a pencil to outline a large A2-sized rectangle die to ombre ink up the space without getting ink build-up on the cut edges of my topping panel. It’s just something I’ve been doing lately. I don’t want that darker ink on the edges. I blended Pinkfresh’s previously released Sky Blue, Summer Shower, Seaside, and a very little Storm onto the panel with a space left for the sentiment. Then, I decided to go over it lightly with Misty Coast and Rocky Slope to make that blue sky more wintery. When I was done blending colors, I cut out a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 in. panel and splattered it with white acrylic paint. Then, I set it aside to dry.
I stamped the Songbirds on Branches stamp onto more white cardstock with light gray ink, leaving the stamp in the platform because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to finish my image. I used Passion Fruit, Berrylicious, and Candy Apple for the birds and the new Sage, Eucalyptus, Spruce Tips, and a tiny bit of Lush Forest to bolden those winter-green leaves. I used the new, super sweet orange inks on the blooms: Sunkissed and Mimosa. I can’t wait to try the two darker inks of that family, Mango Sorbet and Fruit Punch! Before I die-cut out the branches, I put my image back into the stamping platform and stamped with Detail Black to bring out the detail of the image. Then I splattered some “snow” on them.
After everything was dry, I die-cut it all out and started arranging the branches on my card to figure out exactly where I wanted to place the stamp. I used a sentiment from the Winter Berries Frame stamp set. Then I gently curved the doubled-up branches using a wide-barrelled brush. There’s lots of fun dimension on this card. I had a hard time getting a photo that showed it. Then, I used glue on the parts that touched the card and adhered everything down. I added a sprinkle of Glacier White jewels and was done.
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them. I hope some of these design choices have inspired you to make something new today. Thanks so much for stopping by!
-They will give away a total of FIVE $25 gift cards along the hop. The winners will be picked from the comments.
The winners will be pulled and posted on October 9, 2023, on our GIVEAWAY PAGE. You must check that page & claim your prize within two weeks.