Ink blending has become one of my go-to techniques for adding color to die cuts, backgrounds, stamped images, and pretty much everything! I don't claim to be an expert at it, but there are a few tips I have picked up along the way that has helped my blending. I'll share a few of these tips with you in this post.
For the color on the background of this card, I blended some different shades of red together to create an even color to stand out behind this piece of vellum that was stamped and embossed.
The vellum piece on the card is embossed in some of Brutus Monroe's Gilded Embossing Powder, and the stamp used is Brutus Monroe's Rose Garden Background Stamp. I also added a piece of gold washi tape to one side that I die cut with a scalloped border die.
Ok, so on to the ink blending tips! I'm just covering a few questions that I most frequently hear asked.
Q: Do I need high quality cardstock to get a good blend?
A: Yes and No! I say this because YES, a high quality cardstock will get you a better blend because it will take the ink better, but at the same time NO, because ink blending is still possible on cheap cardstock. All the cards you see me create are built on cheap department store cardstock. Also remember that sometimes if you leave your paper for 10-15 minutes and come back, it may look a little smoother because you have given the paper time to soak in the ink.
Q: Why does my ink tool leave lines or marks?
A: Several reasons, one of them being that your foam blender may be new or not yet "broken in". Once you use your foam pad for a while, the fibers get broken down a bit and become softer. Also, as you use it, the fibers also become more saturated with ink, which will help to apply ink more evenly. Another way to avoid those lines is to start blending off your page and then to lightly blend into the paper coming in from the edges.
Q: Why doesn't my blending look smooth and seamless?
A: Again, there could be a few reasons here. One being the last question we covered, and two being that you may not have added enough ink! Sometimes to get a nice even blend you really have to work at it. My motto is, "Just Keep Blending!" (think like Dori!). Put some time and elbow grease into it and also try to add enough ink. When you start off on white paper, you might see some of those foam pad marks or lines, but as the paper gets saturated they even out.
Also, blending lighter inks can be more difficult than darker inks. Get some ink on your foam tool, tap it off on some scratch paper, and lightly start your blending. You can always go darker but its harder to go lighter!
I hope these have been some helpful tips for you! I have a video here of the card I made, and I also explain some of these tips. Enjoy!
If you have any wisdom to offer on ink blending, or if I forgot to mention something that would be helpful, please feel free to comment below! I love hearing from all of you!
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This card was created with a few items that I have not played with in a while. Sometimes I like to dig into my supplies and revisit some of my old favorites to get my creative inspiration flowing again! I also try to play around with different looks and styles than my usual feminine, clean and simple style.
This card is still quite simple, as it doesn't have a ton of embellishments, but the background makes it stand out.
I began with a Long and Skinny card base from Canvas Corp Brands. Then, I stenciled some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over my TCW Gears Stencil. After removing the stencil, I added some Weathered Wood over the Hickory Smoke. It gave a grey-blue color that reminded me of metal gears.
Next, using my fingers and a paintbrush, I flicked on some water droplets to get the ink moving. After that was dry, Shabby Shutters Ink was blended over the top, highlighting where those droplets had been.
Then, to add just a little more interest, I also stamped some faded text using Black Soot Distress Ink.
Next, using some Lawn Fawn Circle Frame Dies, I cut out several different sizes of circles from vellum. The big circle was stamped with a polka dot stamp and embossed with some Brutus Monroe Penny Embossing Powder. I love this copper powder- it shines just like the metal!
I also embossed one of the frames to adhere around the circle so that it would make the big one stand out. The other circles where adhered in the background. They are very subtle, but the add some interest without taking away from the background.
The sentiment was also stamped and embossed in Penny, as well as a strip of black cardstock that was stamped with a striped pattern. To embellish, just a few bronze gears were added, and then a few gold sequins.
Like I had mentioned, its a different style than my normal girly cards, but I like it! It would be a great card to give to guys to celebrate and achievement.
Thanks for stopping by today! If you are interested in any of these items, please check out the links below!
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This stamp set from Brutus Monroe is just fabulous! It has this great floral image and a number of sentiments along with it that can be used for different occasions. I decided to go ahead and make two cards with this stamp, just to show that it can be used in a variety of creative ways.
For this first card, the florals were stamped out using my Misti and Raven Detail Ink. Then the image was colored in using Prismacolor pencils. After fussy cutting the image, I popped it up on some foam adhesive and layered it over some coordinating pieces of paper cut into banner shapes.
I also used some Hickory Smoke and Spun Sugar Distress Inks to add some ink splatters to the background, and then tied some white raffia in a bow at the top.
Stunning, yet simple!
Next, I wanted to make another clean and simple card but with a little different spin on the florals. This time, the stamp was stamped using some Versamark ink and then embossed in white embossing powder.
After the vellum was cooled, I fussy cut it out and set it aside while I prepared the background.
Using some light Distress Inks, Squeezed Lemon and Tumbled Glass, I blended on some soft spotlight colors and then glued the vellum flowers over it.
Lastly, I used one of the sentiment stamps from the set and added a simple black strip of cardstock with the sentiment on it over the florals.
That's it for now! Hope you enjoyed this look at this gorgeous stamp set from Brutus Monroe! Im sure you will see this stamp on more projects in the future!
Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!
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Did you get any fun crafting supplies for Christmas? I received a few items this year. The cute little squirrels on this card are from Lawn Fawn's Cheery Christmas stamp set. I stamped them out with Versafine Black ink and then colored them in with my new Prismacolor pencils. I have to say, I am LOVING these new pencils for coloring my stamped images. I am not that great at watercoloring, especially on regular cardstock. I dont like when the paper warps when you add water to it. These pencils blend great and work on my cheap cardstock.
I used the coordinating dies from the stamp set to die cut the squirrels and the little heart. Then, I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Circle Frame Dies to cut out the circle from some blue paper. I adhered that down to some floral paper that I also die cut, using the Stitched Journaling Card die from Lawn Fawn, as well.
All my papers I pulled from my scrap bin. I am trying my best to use up scraps! I then cut the background white paper on an angle with the Stitched Border dies, and ahdered it over some red polka dot paper that peeks out on the bottom right corner.
I then added the sentiment, the squirrels, and some white twine to the front, and placed the whole stitched journal die cut piece to the front of the card with foam adhesive.
Cute, easy card that has a Valentine's Day feel to it, without being too overly red and white.
Thanks for checking out my card today! I have been slacking on making YouTube videos lately with the business of the holidays, but I hope to get back into it soon!
If you are interested in some of the items I used on this card, I've included some links below.
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Brutus Monroe offers a great deal with the monthly Stamp Club. Each month, there is a special stamp designed by Christopher Allen and it is totally unique to the stamp club, so it wont be available in the store. December's stamp this year is this fun bottle and glass image.
I stamped out the image, fussy cut it out, and set it aside. Then I started building the base of my card. I stenciled some light pink circles on the card base usingBrutus Monroe's Polka Mixed Media Stencil. I thought the circles kind of looked like bubbles.
I then cut out a large circle from a chevron piece of vellum paper and layered it off to the side with a paper doily behind it. Then I added some fun washi tape. The gold tape I ran through my Sizzix with my Scalloped Border Die from Lawn Fawn.
I then adhered the bottle down over the washi tape. I stamped the word "congrats" on a thin piece of black cardstock, and embossed it in white. I stuck it down over the bottle using a few pieces of foam adhesive to give it some dimension. Then, I added the glass off to the side and over the sentiment strip, again using some foam adhesive.
The very last thing I did was add some tiny pieces of iridescent glitter to the background, and I also added some Stickles to the liquid inside the bottle and the glass.
I thought this was a really fun stamp set, and not only is it perfect for New Year's, but it can also be used all year long for weddings or other events that you might want to celebrate. This card ended up having a somewhat girly feel with the light pink and the glitter, so I think it would be perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party!
Thanks for stopping by today! Dont forget to check out the Brutus Monroe store and Stamp Club. If you are interested in any of the other items I used on this card, I have included a few links below.
I'm also linking up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
This is a card that I recently created for the Brutus Monroe blog. These reindeer stamps are in their store and when I saw them, I just knew I needed to stack them up and color them in!
I started by stamping the bottom reindeer, and then I also stamped it again on a piece of thin printer paper to create a mask. When creating masks, its a good idea to use thin paper, so you can still get a good impression when stamping over it.
After I had the mask cut out, I used some Tombow Removable Adhesive to adhere it over the image on my card base. With the bottom reindeer covered, I stamped the next one on top. I then repeated the process of creating masks and stamping each reindeer.
Once I had all my reindeer stamped on top of each other, I grabbed my Distress Inks and started coloring them in. I also added some embossed snowflakes and inked the edges of the card with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to give it a snowy background.
I adhered the whole scene onto a4x9 card base from Canvas Corp. I love these long and skinny cards for creating scenes, and the unusual size makes it that much more interesting!
Im also linking this card up with :
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by! If you are interested in this cute stamp set, head over to the Brutus Monroe store to place on order!
I love finding new ways to use my photographs. We seem to snap so many pictures and then leave them on our phones or our cameras. Why not print them off and use them in creative ways?
I've done scrapbooking,I've scrapped my photos in a frame, done canvases for my wall to display photos, but I have never used a photo on the front of a card until now!
I've been using lots of little paper scraps from my scrap bin lately, so I continued that trend by using someRibbon Stripe paper from Canvas Corp. Then, I stamped, embossed, and colored in some peonies from Avery Elle's Peonies stamp set. I adhered the flowers to the ribbon stripe paper, and then added a scalloped border on the bottom. I stapled a bit of lace ribbon to the side, as well.
I wanted to do more layering in the background, so I found more scraps of paper and cut them into strips. I used some pink paper from my Mariposa matstack, and then a tiny bit of white glitter paper. I also cut a piece of vellum with my Stitched Journaling card die.
I wanted to add a little more to the plain white background so I used a polka dot stencil from Heidi Swapp and added some dots with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
Then, I adhered everything down!
To finish it off, I glued some tiny pink hearts here and there.
So don't be afraid to try a new way to use your photos! I think sending them this way on a card would be a wonderful way to send photos to grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
I also managed to put together a quick video of this card.
For this card I channeled my inner Lisa Frank. I remember being a girl and saving all my earnings so I could go buy that set of Lisa Frank stationary or stickers. I loved all the bright colors and fun animals!
I started by blending several colors of Distress Ink on the background. I used Broken China, Spun Sugar, and Squeezed Lemonade.
Then, I took some Java Glaze from Tattered Angels and painted on the cheetah print with a paintbrush. I have a cheetah print pajama top that I actually copied the print from (glamourous, I know!).
When the glaze was dry, I cut a piece of CCB burlap and then embossed the sentiment in white on a piece of vellum. The word "birthday" I cut with my Sizzix and then used my Tombow Stamp Runner to adhere it down.
The last step was just to embellish it using a few Doodlebug sequins!
I'm linking this card up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by today and if you are interested, check out some of the products I used!
I just love the combination of stripes and florals! This card I created using an embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers. After I embossed it by running it through my Sizzix, I used several different Distress Ink colors to give the background a little color.
I popped the whole embossed panel up on some kids craft foam and adhered it off to the right side. On the card base below, I stamped a striped border down the side using a striped background stamp from CCB's "Be Beautiful" stamp set.
So that's the card for today! Thanks for stopping by and go ahead and watch the process video if you want to see how it all came together!
This card was really fun to do. I used all Canvas Corp products so if you'd like, you can head over to their store and put together this card for yourself! Check out the Canvas Corp Blog post HERE.
I did some stamping with the Grateful Stamp set and a little painting on the background. Then, I layered on some burlap, heart tags, and added some fun canvas ruffles. It's all very simple but comes together easily!
Watch the video I put together to see the whole process in detail!
Here's some fun products I used:
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