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Peony Power: Create Mesmerizing Designs on Dark Cardstock!

Hey there, fellow card makers! Are you ready to dive into the wonderful world of crafting with dark colored cardstock and vibrant inks? Today, I'm thrilled to share a fun and unique card design featuring the Blooming Peony Stencil from Pink Fresh Studios. Get ready to unleash your creativity and create mesmerizing designs that will leave your recipients in awe!


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Now, let me tell you a little secret – working with dark cardstock is like having a magical canvas for your colorful inks. The contrast you can achieve with bright colored inks on dark cardstock is simply stunning! It's one of my favorite techniques, and I can't wait to guide you through the process step by step.


Before we dive into the fun part, let's gather our materials. You'll need the Blooming Peony Stencil, some dark colored cardstock (I love using navy or deep purple), white pigment inks, and Distress Oxide Inks in your favorite shades. Trust me; this combination will make your designs pop like never before!

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Now that we're all set, let's get our workspace ready. Picture this: I'm in my cozy craft room, surrounded by my favorite stamps and inks. I always make sure to have a craft mat or scrap paper under my project to avoid any unwanted ink on my table – a lesson learned from one messy mishap!


Okay, let's start by using the white pigment inks on our dark cardstock. This is the base layer that will make the colors stand out even more. I remember the first time I tried this technique; I was blown away by how crisp and clean the peony outlines turned out. It's like magic!


Place the first layer of the Blooming Peony Stencil on your cardstock, and gently apply the white pigment ink using a blending tool or sponge. Take your time and enjoy the process. I like to start with the center of the peony and work my way outward. Once you lift the stencil, you'll see those beautiful white outlines on the dark background – it's already looking fabulous! You will need to dry the ink between each layer of white pigment ink before moving on to the next stencil layer and the colored inks.

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Now, here comes the exciting part – the Distress Oxide Inks! These inks are incredible for blending and shading, and they give your designs that extra depth and dimension. Don't be afraid to experiment with different colors and blending techniques. Remember, it's your creation, and there are no right or wrong choices!


I often find myself getting lost in the blending process, gently brushing on the Distress Oxide Inks and watching the colors blend harmoniously. It's therapeutic, really! Take your time with this step, and don't forget to blend around the edges of the peony to make it pop even more.


The little details matter too! Grab a fine-tipped brush or blending tool and focus on enhancing specific areas of the peony, like adding some highlights to the petals or shading the leaves. These details may seem small, but they make a big difference in the overall design.


Now that our peony is looking stunning, it's time to add some sentiments and embellishments. Choose a heartfelt sentiment that complements your design and stamps it on the card. To add that extra touch of sparkle, consider embellishing with sequins or rhinestones. It's like adding a sprinkle of fairy dust to your creation!

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Voila! Take a step back and admire your masterpiece. Working with bright colored inks on dark cardstock truly creates that "wow" factor. I love surprising my friends and family with these vibrant cards – they can't believe I made them myself!


Before we wrap up, let me say this – crafting is all about enjoying the process and letting your creativity flow. There's no right or wrong way to do it, and each card you make is a unique expression of your creativity. So have fun, experiment, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. After all, some of my most fabulous cards came from happy accidents!


I hope this little crafting adventure has inspired you to try out this mesmerizing technique with the Blooming Peony Stencil on dark cardstock. Remember, the joy is in the journey, and every card you make is a little piece of your heart that you're sharing with the world. Happy crafting, my friends!


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Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














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