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Ink Blending Meets Copic Colouring in Varada Sharma's Tweet Birthday

Hello everyone! Bonnie from here! I am excited to be a Guest Designer for Varada Sharma's June release, Beautiful You, featuring the gorgeous digital stamp set, Tweet Birthday. This slimline birthday card is an example of how we can incorporate an ink blended background with copic colouring. So let's get started!

I began by printing the bird on a branch image on both Bristol Smooth cardstock and masking paper. When ink blending, I like to work on Bristol Smooth to achieve a well blended background.

The panel was die cut with a slimline stitched rectangle die and the images coloured with Copic markers:

• Flowers RV63, 66, 69

• Flower Centres Y02, 06

• Leaves BG90. 93, 96, 99

• Branch E44, 47, 49

• Bird E41, 43, 44, 47, 49

• Colourless Blender on paper towel was used to apply a subtle texture to the bird's body. Small white dot detail added to the bird's face and eye with a gel pen.

I chose to colour the images first to guide my choices of complimentary colours for the Distress Oxide ink blended background. The image was fussy cut from the masking paper and the mask adhered to the coloured image. Starting at the bottom, I applied Rustic Wilderness and Forest Moss just above the line of the branch with an ink blender. I introduced Scattered Straw and Tumbled Glass to complete the background. I worked back and forth extending on colour in the next several times until the blend was smooth. Distress Stain Tarnished Brass spatter was applied with a small watercolour brush. The sentiment from the Tweet Birthday digital stamp set was also printed on Bristol Smooth and ink blended with Scattered Straw and a touch of Forest Moss.

The panel was mounted on matte gold card stock measuring 3 3/4" by 8 3/4" before being adhered to a card base of the same size. The card was embellished with gold confetti and topped with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.


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