22 October 2016

Rainbow Magic

I see rainbows as a bit of magic. Intellectually I know that a rainbow is formed as the effect of light refracting through water and breaking up into it's constituent parts like a prism. I also find prisms magical, too. Arthur C. Clarke once said, "Any sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic." So, but this, rainbows really are magic.


AAA Challenge: CAS and Photo Inspiration (linked below)
The Crafter's Cafe: Use a New Technique (reverse stamping)
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Anything Goes


Putting It Together

I started this card with the intent to do a rainbow panel by adding water to stripes of Distress Ink and then dragging paper through it, but something about the strips of ink on the work surface without any water beckoned to me.

I didn't add water but just laid the textured watercolour cardstock directly on the ink strips and pressed the paper across them. When I lifted the paper, some of the ink had transferred but leaving the texture of paper as well.

I think this is called reverse stamping though I've usually only seen it done with a gel plate. I have one of those on my wishlist. This surface was a lot harder than gel would be so the ink only 'stuck' to the high places in the bumpy texture of the paper.

I heat set the ink of the rainbow colours then cut a panel and, using the Misti, stamped on an appropriate sentiment. This was also my first chance to use the Mama Elephant stamp set I recently got on clearance at my local store. I love the loopy font of the word magic.

I simply added this panel to the card base I had made. I left the inside blank for a personal sentiment.

While simple, I really like the look of this. I keep thinking I should do more on it and then, while looking at it, I am content. Sometimes less really is more.

The photo for inspiration:

I had actually started on making a paper folded flower, to emulate the pinwheel, but didn't like the outcome of it for this challenge. The reason I intended to make a rainbow panel was to re-make the flower, but then the card I did make happened instead *laugh* I stayed within the colours for the theme.


  1. Briliant use of the inks pads to produce the dappled spotty effect. Love this card. Thanks for playijng at AAA Cards.

  2. Of course rainbows are magic and your delightful card is proof of that.What a fantastic sentiment too.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

  3. Great card! I love how you made the rainbow. Thanks for sharing the process. Thanks for sharing with us at Inspiration Destination this week. Good luck!!! Patricia

  4. WOW! What a lovely project! The rainbow panel is fabulous. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.
    x Asha

  5. Wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe. Good Luck!
    Fiona xx


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