Festive Friday: Make a Rainbow Using Only 3 Inks

Festive Friday: Make a Rainbow Using Only 3 Inks


Festive Friday: Make a Rainbow Using Only 3 Inks

Apr 5, 2019Card Project, Encouragement3 comments

Festive Friday: Make a Rainbow Using Only 3 Inks

Apr 5, 2019Card Project, Encouragement3 comments

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

True or False: You need a rainbow of ink to make a rainbow…

Well, if you read the title of this post, I hope you figured out that you don’t need a rainbow of ink. You only need three. The only requirement is that the inks blend well. Because of that, I recommend Distress Oxides! They’re a creamy pigment and die blend that just loves to blend together and plays well with water for additional technique possibilities.

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My inspiration came from the newest Festive Friday challenge that gets us thinking about Spring and Summer with rainbows as an option, and the featured festivity of Earth Day (April 21st).


Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Earth Day is typically partnered with the idea of recycling. You could use some scraps you have from previous projects, or look to unusual materials as elements – like pop cans, recycled paper or plastic, etc.
  • Rainbows are a super fun element – this is another super flexible option that you can take literally, or abstractly. Add a simple rainbow to your design, or just go for a rainbow of colors in your cardstock or ink choices. 
  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

Let’s get on with the Party Plan so you can recreate this beauty!

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Better Together (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 6″ x 6″ 110 lb Watercolor Card (Strathmore)
Inks: Candied Apple, Salty Ocean & Wild Honey Distress Oxides (Ranger/Tim Holtz), Versafine Clair Nocturne (Tsukineko), Picket Fence Distress Stain (Ranger/Tim Holtz), Vegas Gold All-Purpose Ink (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Cool Summer Night & Pocketful of Sunshine enamel dots (Altenew)
Other: Heat Tool, Stamp Positioner (Tonic), Scallop Builder Stencil (Altenew), Distress Blender & Pads (Ranger), double sided adhesive (Scrapbook.com)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)
** Click the images to see the enlarged slideshow **

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″ and set aside.
  2. Set up the watercolor card with the Scallop Builder stencil.
  3. Start the ink blending from the center – cover approximately 1/2 – 2/3 of the entire card with Wild Honey. You will blend into this, so  make sure there’s enough to have some yellow show through later.
  4. Next start blending from the top down with Candied Apple. Avoid the yellow area until the top has the desired shade of red, then start moving into the yellow area to make orange!
  5. Repeat this process from the bottom up using Salty Ocean – moving into the yellow to make green.
  6. Remove the stencil when done and decide if you will add water to distress the panel. If so, spritz water on the panel – just a light mist at first to see how it moves, then more if desired. For best results, dry with a heat tool.
  7. Flick Picket Fence and Vegas Gold inks onto the watercolor panel. Allow it to dry, or use the heat tool.
  8. Trim the watercolor panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  9. Cut a piece of double sided adhesive to size. Adhere it smoothly to the watercolor panel, then adhere the panel to the card base. This is a perfect solution to make sure a warped panel lays flat!
  10. Set up the card in a stamp positioner with the desired sentiment. Stamp in Versafine Clair Nocturne.
  11. Add enamel dots as desired.

Crafter’s Toolbox

I thought you might enjoy a video to show the ink blending technique more in depth!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0031 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

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3 thoughts on “Festive Friday: Make a Rainbow Using Only 3 Inks”

  1. I absolutely love this Nicole! You have inspired me to use my stencils more, too. How awesome that you did this with only 3 inks and that sentiment is one that any friend would love to receive. So happy to be on the FF team with you! Hugs!

  2. Very clever way to get a rainbow with 3 colors. I will keep this in mind as I am just starting buy distress oxide inks.


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