Inks, Five Ways Day 4

Wow, what a day! I've been up since 5:30 this morning and I'm soooo not a morning person! My daughter had her first day of orientation at the University of Nevada Reno and you know, us parents will do ANYthing for our kids. Even if it means getting up at dark thirty to hold their daughter's hand for her first steps onto a college campus. 

So, please forgive me for my photo taking skills. I'm working on it! Practice makes better, right? The great part about this series is that it's more about the technique than anything. I notice after I make a card to showcase a technique, later that evening or the next day I come up with a better design or maybe a different way I could've done the first one. Not always but sometimes I do this and that's why I decided day five will be the best day in the series! I will take each day of different ways to use your inks and show another project I made! 

Today I have a super simple, yet effective, way to use your ink pad as a focal point on you card. And when I mean super simple, this is it:

All you have to do is take your card front, open your ink pad, align the pad where you want it and press down. Lift the ink pad off the paper and there you go, you have a focal point, ready made for you to embellish. I used Stampin' Up! Soft Sky ink for my card front and immediately thought, "sky" but then as I looked through my stamps and saw the Seaside Shore stamp set, I thought "water"!

Imagine the possibilities just by changing up the ink color. You could use yellow for a sunny focal point or light pink or blue for a baby card, soft green for florals. It's fun to think of different ways you can use your supplies, isn't it?

This is the card I made. I have to be honest I'm not thrilled with it. After stamping the images and right before I adhered those cute little fishes, I thought I'd outline the focal point in a black marker, you know, to make it stand out more. That didn't work but I just went with it and adhered my fishes and coated them with some Wink of Stella glitter pen. If a black outline doesn't work, glitter definitely will! Well, I was wrong again! The glitter pen acted like a water brush (duh) and muted my little fishes instead of enhancing them. We live and learn and tomorrow I will fully redeem myself by getting a do over of this process.

Happy stamping my friends! I hope you've enjoyed this series of five days, five ways. I'll see you tomorrow with all new cards showcasing these techniques!

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