Hello! A friend asked me to make a sympathy card, and this is the result. The main panel is sponged with Distress Inks (Scattered Straw,Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and a tiny bit of Black Soot) on very smooth cream cardstock. Next, I misted a pretty damask background stamp (Hero Arts) with with water and "stamped" it on the distress ink. It gives a very pretty, subtle effect, and the more ink you have applied, the more striking the effect is. I heat set the panel before embossing, and stamped the flower (Penny Black) in black pigment ink and embossed it in black. Where possible, I like to use the same colour of ink to stamp as emboss in case there are any gaps in the embossing powder. Of course with semi-opaque and translucent powders you can use other colours for interesting effects too...but that will be a project for another day! I added a few impressions of the same flower in Chipped Sapphire as well as a border stamp (Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz) on the bottom in Wild Honey. The card base is Naturals Ivory (Stampin' Up) and the accent strips are two shades of purple (an eggplant, and Stampin' Up's Rich Razzleberry). The eggplant strip has the same damask print stamp used with Hero Arts shadow ink in Raspberry Jam. I like these inks for stamping on dark cardstock because they are semi-opaque, like chalk inks, and you see the colour interactions. A pinkish dye ink would get lost on the dark purple, but the Shadow inks sit on top and add a luminosity to the paper that appeals to me. To finish it off, I added three dots of Adirondack Liquid Pearls in Eggplant. They went disastrously wrong so the whole effort had to be peeled off the card base and applied to a new card base and more care and attention applied to the squeezing and placing of the dots.