Unicorns & Rainbows - MFT Wednesday Sketch

December 30, 2019

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Can you believe we are in the final days of not only this year, but this decade? Man - what a decade it has been. It hasn't been an easy decade for me, but it will always be my favorite because it is the decade that my little ones were born. They may have only graced me with their presence for a short time, but they that short time was my greatest gift.

I got some cardmaking time in this weekend, and decided to play along with MFT's Wednesday Sketch Challenge #469. It's a good one for this Fairy-Tale Friends stamp set that I purchased, and haven't had a moment to use yet! Here is a look at the sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch. I've combined the Fairy-Tale Friends stamp set and coordinating dies with Magical Rainbow and Cute Cloud Outlines die sets. I also did some very light ink blending in the background with TE's Set the Scene Cloud stencils and Distress Oxide inks in Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers & Wilted Violet (linked at the end of the post). I used my TE Blender Brushes to achieve such light blending. When I finished blending, I stamped the sentiment to the bottom then covered it up with the same stamp. I lightly spritzed it with clear shimmer spray first, then added just a tiny spritz of gold shimmer spray.

I colored the unicorn in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Rather than using water, I typically blend the colors with the Zig blender brush. Here is a list of all the colors I've used. At the end you will see some different set options, but I think the only set that will have all of the colors is the 90 set. This Zig Line Up link is one of the best ways to know what colors are offered in each set!

Body/Nose: pale gray + blender, midas touch aqua shimmer (nose only)
Wings: haze blue + blender, glitter gloss aqua shimmer
Mane/Tail: light carmine, tea rose, pink, light pink, turquoise green, light blue, violet, light violet + blender, midas touch aqua shimmer
Horn/Hooves: gold Uniball Gel Impact pen


Here is a closer look at the colored & shimmery unicorn!

Once I did all the diecutting, I covered just the cloud outlines in glitter. Then I put the card together as shown, popping items up with foam dots here & there. Finally, I did some accenting with iridescent jewels from Lucy's Little Things (linked below).

That is everything I have for you today! If you have any questions about my card, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will be sure to reply.


What are your favorite ink blending tools?
I thought I would start a new feature to my posts, where I ask you about something, but also answer it myself! I hope it helps me to know you better, and learn about products or techniques that I am unaware of. And hopefully it will be beneficial for you too! The question will likely relate to the card I've created for the post, and today is all about ink blending! I own three different sets of ink blending tools, and I use all three for different reasons. 

1. TE Blender Brushes: I reach for these the most because they are color coded. I don't really have to clean them between uses, just blot off any excess ink on to scrap paper. If they do need a cleaning, I've found a damp, soft cloth works perfectly. They also help me keep a soft hand when I want to keep the ink blending light, and you can gradually add more color in.

2. Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool: I've had these the longest, and I will never get rid of them. They are perfect when you want a heavier hand and bolder colors when ink blending. I've blended some of the most seamless and beautiful backgrounds with these tools, and they are a staple in my crafting studio.

3. Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Brushes: I love the different sizes & shapes included in the full set, and I reach for them most when I am trying to keep my ink blending in a very small area. Or, I grab the biggest brush when I am ink blending a full panel with the same color.

I can't wait to hear your responses! Before you move along with your day, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends online! You will likely see my question on IG & FB too, so you can answer wherever you'd like!

Have a happy Monday! I hope you get some crafty time in. :)

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  1. Such a beautiful and magical card!! Love the colors :) My fav is the mini ink blending tool, and now started falling in love with ink blending brushes :)

    1. Thank you! Each has their own purpose, that is for sure. I want to try out the domed foam pads from Scrapbook.com for the mini ink blending tool, but haven't gotten around to placing an order yet.

    2. Do share once you get them and use them! My wishlist is ever growing :D

  2. Fab card for this sketch. I never got around to buying the round blending tools but I've bought some blending brushes and love them.

    1. Thanks so much! LOVE my blending brushes...I use them more often now than I do the round foam tools. But those still have a place because I can achieve a more bold ink blended background with then than I can a blender brush.

  3. So so pretty Lea! I've recently bought the TE brushes and do really like them. I'd quite like to try the Scrapbook.com version of the blending tool as well - it has a rounded foam which looks like it would leave less circle marks

  4. Thank you!! LOVE my TE brushes - they are probably my faves. And YES - I really want to dry the domed foam from SB.com too! They are on my list, I just haven't ordered them yet!


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