This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog, the theme is “inky backgrounds”, and I thought it would be fun to play around with some distress inks to create a watercolor rainbow behind some hearts for a bright and happy greeting… perfect for making someone “smile”! :)

In addition to the inky background, the use of the die cut hearts was inspired by the current challenge over at Muse (#100). Michelle Ferguson designed a beautiful card with a single heart inside a larger heart, and was the inspirational card for this week’s Muse challenge.

I started off by creating a heart shape using the Echo Park “heart” cut file; resizing it into two different sizes and duplicating the two of them until I created the shape of a heart that I was happy with.

Once my shape was created, I cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo and white cardstock, and then stamped the Paper Smooches “Smile” sentiment from the “Scripty Sayings” stamp set, before putting the panel aside while I worked on my “inky” background.

Smile_3Taking a piece of watercolor paper and a rainbow of Tim Holtz distress inks (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord), I began by applying a wash of water to my paper to allow the colors to fully blend. I then began to drop in colors of ink in a random order. I then heavily misted my paper with water to allow the colors to blend even more before drying it with my heat gun.

After the paper was dry, I layered the heart panel on top with regular adhesive. I then layered the entire piece to my patterned-paper covered card base with foam tape and tied a red sheer ribbon around the bottom. For a bit of interest, I applied some Wink of Stella glitter (which I absolutely love) to the insides of all the die cut hearts.

I hope you enjoyed this really cute and happy card for today… Thanks for stopping by!



This card has been entered in the Simon Says Stamp Monday “Inky Backgrounds Challenge“.

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18 Responses

  1. I love this! Such a beautiful card!

  2. Suchi says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! Cheers!
    Suchi xx

  3. Gorgeous, Nina-Marie … fabulous rainbow background and such a lovely heart of hearts! Anita :)

  4. Nancy L. says:

    This is an incredible card!!!

  5. meg says:

    This is great – I love the soft inky background.

  6. Jacquie says:

    Love the happy rainbow of hearts!

  7. Suchi says:

    Lovely combination of colours! Adorable card!
    Suchi xx

  8. Cat C says:

    Beautifully colored card, love all the variations that peek through the openings.

  9. Just wonderful, your card – love those rainbow hearts and the PP in the background fits just perfectly!

  10. KatieP says:

    This card is awesome!! I love how the colors blended!

  11. Brenda says:

    Vibrant and beautiful card!

  12. So very pretty! The rainbow of colors looks fantastic! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

  13. Kika says:

    Beautiful, rainbow card!

  14. Hannelie says:

    I LOVE your rainbow of hearts!
    Fabulous card!

  15. Carol Dunham says:

    Such a bright and beautiful card Ninamarie. Carol x

  16. Michele F says:

    Ninamarie… I am smiling indeed! Though my heart is NOT breaking! Have I guessed the song? Thank you, so much, for playing along!
    =] Michele

  17. Gillian R says:

    So gorgeous, love the colours tying in with the DP, stunning

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