It is actually bright and sunny (and freezing) in Northern Illinois today! The view outside is very deceiving during the winter up here, even with the snow on the ground. I love how bright and cheery the sky looks after so many days of gloom. However, I know that by this weekend, we will have more snow to shovel, providing the storm does not miss my town. Being from So Cal, Illinoisans find me odd that I love the snow and don’t mind shoveling it most days. The more snow the better! Even when I was commuting an hour each way every day I didn’t mind the snow. Well, except that one time when there was a complete white out in the middle of a country road! I just kept praying that the semi trucks that drove on that road would stay on their side of the road.
Even with the cold, my husband and I had ice cream for dessert last night. Naturally we were sitting in front of the fireplace with a roaring fire, but oh it tasted SO good! That is why Sweet Ice Cream is one of my new favorite stamp sets. I can have my ice cream without the calories to go with it!.
Today’s project is so bright and cheery, just like the outside sky today. The colors are darker than yesterday’s pastels, but who says all ice cream is pastel colored? My card front and matting are done in Bermuda Bay cardstock. The stamped card front is done in Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, and Melon Mambo. Since all of the colored cardstock took away from the ice cream cone, when I was looking through my stash, I decided on white, but that looked so BORING! Then it hit me! Let’s do some paint splattering to match the larger dots on the background.
In order to paint (Ink) splatter, take your ink pad and press it to an acrylic block, then spritz with water, to make it runny. Next, get a damp paint brush (or water brush), soak up some of the runny ink, then tap the paint brush with the hand not holding the brush. Be careful as ink might go places you don’t want it to go. I tap gently so ink does not go flying all over my desk. It’s funny though. I am still working on how to get ink right where I want it and not on the space two inches from it. In any case, this technique is fun and can be a stress reliever at the same time!
When I did the ink splatters, I had already tacked down all of my elements, so everything is splattered with ink. However, it did not take away from the card, but drew it all together!
To add bling to the card, because ice cream is not matte, I highlighted the scoops with my Wink of Stella pen. I can never get Wink of Stella to show up for the camera, but if you look closely at the following photo, you can see the tiny sparkles on the Mango Melody and Melon Mambo scoops.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Don’t forget to comment on yesterday’s post for a chance to win yesterday’s project! See you tomorrow!