Timeless Tropical Masked Color Blends Cards

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If you are loving the Timeless Tropical bundle, here is another project idea with a fun technique that works perfectly with that stamp set!  This pair is not featured in the LIVE Class Kit, but it's easy enough to gather up your own supplies to duplicate it!  There's just a few more hours to earn this week's kit…
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Timeless Tropical Sponged Highlight cards - two cool
Timeless Tropical Masked Color Blends Cards
As I was playing with the Timeless Tropical stamp set, it reminded me of another stamp set with an ocean or sea theme…Sailing Home.  I decided to CASE a card layout I did last year with that set.  You can see it here: Sailing Home Masked Color Blends.  That project was actually a CASE of another set of cards I created way back in 2014, which you can see here: Traveler Masked & Blended Color Cards. Hey, when it's a good thing, why reinvent the wheel?
Timeless Tropical Sponged Highlight cards - rest & relax
Blended Basics—I started by adding a column of blended color to a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock. I laid two edges of copy paper across the cardstock about 1" apart. I used my Stamparatus this time so that the magnets held the paper masks in place a little better. (Be careful not to put the magnets too close or they will snap together and possibly break or at least be impossible to pull apart!). You'll still have to use your fingers to hold the edges of the paper down.
Next, I used my Stampin' Sponges to added Crumb Cake ink to the bottom of the layer and to blend it into Pool Party ink at the top.  The photo above is from the last year's masking & blending post, and there I used Sponge Daubers. Either one will work great for this technique!  
Timeless Tropical Sponged Highlight cards - rest & relax 2
Sweet Stamping—Once the ink color was blended to my liking, I stamped the Timeless Tropical palm trees and sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto the sponged layer.  I love how the blended band highlights the focal point image!  So cool!
Lovely Layers—I adhered a 5" x 1/2" strip of Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper across the bottom, then mounted it onto a 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Basic Black. It's popped up with Dimensionals onto a Crumb Cake card base. 
Finishing Touches—I tied a small piece of Braided Linen Trim into a knot, frayed the ends and attached it with a Glue Dot to the card front.  I also colored a Basic Rhinestone with Soft Suede Dark Stampin' Blends Marker and added a couple of Pool Party gems from the Holiday Rhinestones pack, too. Those sparkly jewels remind me of sea glass!  
Timeless Tropical Sponged Highlight cards - thank you
Two Cool—The second card doesn't really look tropical at all. This sponging technique makes the card clean, simple and kind of elegant. In fact, it's so versatile, it could be used for a masculine birthday or even a sympathy card. I blended Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive inks on this one, adding lots of layers to make the color dark and rich.
Timeless Tropical Sponged Highlight cards - thank you 2
Focal Point—Before popping up with Dimensionals, I tied some retiring Bermuda Bay Striped Ribbon around the layers, then mounted them onto a Bermuda Bay card base. LOVE these colors…what about you?
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