5 Minute Monday ~ Blending a Quick Background ~ Lighting the Way


For today's 5 Minute Monday tutorial I've done a little blending using a circle mask. 
This technique always results in such a beautiful card front. 
Using stamps inked in Memento Black Ink also creates a beautiful shadow effect as a focal point, light by a gorgeous sky in the background.

Because the background is essentially a sky, this technique can be used with the so many different color combinations. It can look like a sunset sky with bright yellows and oranges, or a moodier sky with purples and blues. 
The possibilities are endless. 
As are the subject images. 

I used Lighting the Way stamp set to create the above card to show how only a few small stamps can be used to create a whole card. 

To start this card off you will need 2 pieces of Basic White Cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4. 
Using a circle die, cut a 3 inch circle in 1 of the pieces, positioned just a little to the top of the card layer.  This one you are going to use for a mask.
(I use this over and over again on other cards).
Place the mask over the 2nd layer of Basic White Cardstock and just tack together with a piece of 3M sticky note tape or whatever it is you use for tape that 
won't rip your paper. 

Then choose the colors you would like to blend for the sky. In the card above I used Lemon Lolly, Mango Melody and Calypso Coral. 
You can use any colors you desire. 

Starting at the top of the circle blend the lightest color. 
Then the medium color tone.
Then the darkest color to the bottom of the circle. 
Keep blending until you have a happy result. 
It takes no time at all ~ that's why this is a quick & easy card.

Using Memento Black Ink stamp the desired images into the circle.
I let the weeds or greenery image overlap as the mask is still in place.

Remove the mask. Stamp the desired sentiment on the bottom section of this layer and attach the stamped layer to a piece of Basic Black Cardstock cut at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, Scored @ 4 1/4. 

Add a few rhinestones or basic gems to compliment the background and images.

** On a third section of 4 x 5 1/4 Basic White Cardstock give each of the blending brushes you used  a swipe across the paper, mimicking the color blend from the card outside.
Stamp a desired inside sentiment on this same section of cardstock and attach to the card inside. 

That's it ~ a beautiful card! 

I hope you have enjoyed today's 5 Minute Monday tutorial and that it has left you with a little creative inspiration.  

Stay safe, stay well, and Happy Crafting! 

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