Hello stamping friends and happy Wednesday!  I can’t believe it’s Wednesday.  It’s refreshing to have beautiful, sunny weather after all of the recent rain we’ve had. The skies are an amazing blue.  I haven’t seen that for almost a week!

Today’s post is a simple design. I decided to play with color and my Blending Brush.  A few posts ago, I inked over a stencil with a sponge. After trying that technique and doing some blending today, I found that sponging is very different from blending.

I like the outcome of both.  I noticed that blending the ink gives a softer, smoother result than sponging.  The sponging took a little less concentration. The reason for that could be I used a stencil.

I blended Pale Papaya ink with very light pressure using my Blending Brush and applied the ink in a circular motion.  When I sponged the ink, I also used a circular motion but applied more pressure to transfer the ink.

Let’s Talk Color

I thought Pale Papaya would give me a soft background for the bolder colors I chose.  Pale Papaya has a lot of yellow in it and yellows are a good neutral. I always enjoy pairing blues and oranges.  They’re “complementary” on the color wheel and look great together.  Poppy Parade and Bermuda Bay were my choices today.  My plants are Mossy Meadow, which is a favorite green for me. I like the way Mossy Meadow pairs with Pale Papaya.

A Little Sidebar

The layer dimensions I used today fit perfectly on a 3 1/2″ x 5″ Note Card.  The Mossy Meadow layer is 3″ x 4 1/4″ and the Basic White top layer is 2 3/4″ x 4″. My card is a standard A-2 top fold card.

I used the Plentiful Plants Bundle today. The stamped images are from the Plentiful Plants stamp set.  Look closely at the detail in the stamps. They are amazing! I die cut the stamped images with the matching Perfect Plants Dies. The sentiment is from the Garden Birdhouses stamp set… love the font!

So, if you haven’t already done it, treat yourself to the Plentiful Plants Bundle, add a Blending Brush and a fun color combination and create something just to say hello!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more details on the products I used today, you can click on the images below.

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