Inspiration for this card came from a couple of challenges. To start with I found this last Monday's Technique Challenge on Splitcoaststampers particularly enticing because it called for making your own background with layers of stamping. I looked to another challenge I recently discovered, The Paper Players for my colors: Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Very Vanilla.
I don't have craft ink pads for More Mustard and Bravo Burgundy but I do have many craft refills so I squeezed a little of the ink out onto some large square blocks and applied the ink to my stamps with my brayer. This also allows me to mix the inks a little. I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't have Bravo Burgundy either - yet. So, I mixed some Cherry Cobbler with Early Espresso until I had a color which looked a lot to me like Bravo.
I don't have pictures of each step of the process but here are a few that will give you an idea of how I played with this;
I had mixed the colors before applying them with the brayer to my Medallion stamp. I wheeled the Decor wheel through the mixed Bravo ink.
More Mustard ink on an acrylic block.
I took a bit of a detour and decided to try adding a Very Vanilla Doily so I squeezed some Very Vanilla craft ink onto an acrylic block:
I spread it around with my brayer:
and inked the doily stamp:
Unfortunately, I didn't like the result so much after heating the doily ink
So I took this block:
and smeared it randomly over my background and added a little more of the decor wheel. And then I liked it! I added a border from a 1/4 sheet that had some of the Decor wheel on Cajun Craze. Since I didn't want to cover up too much of my background I just added a greeting from Alway Grateful to the lower corner.
This kind of stamping and brayering really feel like the ultimate way to play with ink. I also didn't realize how well the Medallion backgroung stamp coordinates with the Decor wheel. I'm going to have to try those to out together again!