Actually, I’m not distressed over spring (although my back yard is a bit like a mud pit right now and with a big, hairy white dog – that is a bit distressing…..).
I said distressed because I used the sketch over at Our Creative Corner and they asked for some distressing too. I’m not very good at distressing (although my children excel at it – you should see my furniture) but I tried.
For my card I used one of the Lenten Roses from the new Spring Blooms 2 digi stamp set. Its colored with Copics, here are the colors I used (plus warm gray for shadows).
I also tried the new X-press it Blending card instead of my usual Neenah card stock. I thought I’d share some of my somewhat rambling impressions of the blending card. I know – way behind everyone else, but why not.
The blending card is very smooth and dense. It has a crisper but slightly thinner feel and is a cooler white than the Neenah solar white that I usually use (side by side – the X-Press has a more gray tone). The blending card is quite a bit more expensive than the Neenah – about twice the price.
As for coloring, it seems like the ink floats on the surface more. I had the distinct impression of using less ink (but I have no proof of this). It blends pretty smoothly and I did not have any feathering outside the lines (just my usual “I’m not getting bifocals yet” goofs).
I did not have to “scrub” as much as I usually do when blending. Because these flowers use colors close to opposite on the color wheel, I used the feather blending technique for the petals (which I am not great at). The feather blending was easier on the blending card.
The printer ink did not bleed at all and, testing it with Memento Tuxedo Black, I did not have any bleeding of stamped ink either.
The colors were a little lighter and brighter. If I decide to switch over to the blending card, I will probably remake my color charts.
Here are my 2 flowers for comparisson. I used the same colors on each and tried to use the same techniques.
Here is X-Press it card:
Here is Neenah Solar White:
I’m going toplay around some more, but I am tempted to make the switch. The extra cost hurts, but with the time I spend coloring images, it might be worth it.
Anyone have any opinions on the X-Press card that they would like to share?