Endless Summer Cheerful Mixed Media Cards for N*Studio

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Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie KalbachHi everyone! Summer has started, it’s official. We are having the first days with over 100 degrees in California, so I spend a lot of time in my pool. When we bought our house, we fell in love with the pool. It is plastered with a variety of blue tiles which shine amazing when the sun hits them. The colors of the pool were my inspiration for this month’s theme – Endless Summer. But as always, I started with those colors and then couldn’t stop.

But let’s start at the beginning. I decided to create a few greeting cards. I haven’t done a lot of ink blending lately, so that’s the technique I went for. It all started with picking 4 stencil designs and then heat embossing the patterns with clear embossing powder. For that, I placed the stencil onto a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ piece of card stock, dapped the Versamark ink pad through the stencil, added the powder and heat set it. I did that with the Manhattan, Chicago, Toledo and Art Deco stencil.
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

My original plan was to use the same blue shades of Distress Inks and Oxides for the cards (which were inspired by our pool), but after the first card I changed my mind and went all over the rainbow.
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

I always started with the lightest color, inked the background up and then switched to the second color. I went over the same areas a couple of times to get a bright color.
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

When I added the second color, I always went back to the first color and blended over it.
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

At last, I added the darkest color. Usually, I didn’t ink up the darkest color too much to not overpower the cards with it.
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

At the end, I cut two of the panels into 4 x 4 squares and adhered them onto a 4 ¼ x 8 ½ card base. The other two are cut to 4 x 5 ¼ and adhered to a 4 ¼ x 8 ½ card base. I also added one sentiment sticker to all of the cards.
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

Here are all 4 cards with the colors I used:
Manhattan stencil with Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

Chicago with Distress Oxide in Squeezed Lemonade and Distress Ink in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

Toledo with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Mermaid Lagoon
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

Art Deco with Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet
Endless Summer Mixed Media Cards for Nathalie Kalbach

I hope that these colors got you into summer mood, at least a little 😉
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to come back every Tuesday for more inspiration from the Creative Team.

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