Monday, February 8, 2016

MFT February Release Replay

It's February's Release Replay! Time for the My Favorite Things design team
to share some fresh new ideas and inspiration with latest release.

I'm sharing two cards geared towards the more "mature" recipient, using the fun
animals from Farm-tastic. And I created some inky backgrounds using MFT's
brilliant dye inks, with a technique that I'm calling "faux watercoloring".

First, here are the cards.

I know a few spring chickens who I could send this to. (Wink!) The chicken
was loosely colored with Zig markers and die cut with the matching dies.
I perched her on the Farm Fence and adhered them to a "sunrise" inked panel.

Next up is a get well card using Zig markers and loose watercoloring on the horse
and Copics for the apples. This time I adhered the fence, horse, and apples on
a blue and green inked panel that resembles a pasture.

Here's how I created the backgrounds. I ink distressed two or more colors of MFT's dye inks 
with a mini ink blending tool on watercolor card stock.

Vary the amount of pressure when inking, then splash on a liberal amount of water.
Let the drops sit for a few seconds, then press a paper towel over it to pick up the water.
I love how MFT dye inks react to water and the spatters give depth to the background.
Keep a bunch of these panels on hand for quick, last minute cards!

Be sure to visit the MFT blog for more inspiration from the participating
designers. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. These are both fabulous Donna, I'm totally loving the wonky stitched rectangles especially on the watercolour cardstock!

  2. Gorgeous! I really want to create backgrounds like that! Gonna try! :)

  3. Donna thank you so much for teaching us your method for your gorgeous panels! Die ink? Who knew? Darling little barnyard cards ... LOve those sentiments! xx

  4. Donna, I followed your Facebook link to your blog hoping that you would explain how you made your backgrounds...and you did...with pictures and everything!! Thanks so much, they are wonderful! I like the "mature" recipient humor, too!

  5. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your background ,I love blending and forgot about the water.
    I loves theses sweet cards both are adorable and fun!

  6. I only wish I could see your craft....the background is amazing!