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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ATCs can be a fun way to create a lot of projects for your crafty friends at once. A typical ATC is 2.5x3.5 inches. They are little cards that you can decorate, either all the same or each one unique, and then send or give to friends.
For these ATCs, the Brutus Monroe stamp set, From Paris with Love, was used to give more of a vintage Paris feel. The base for these is some Canvas Corp Ivory Cardstock cut down to size. Then, some Damask Tissuestock was adhered down using Tattered Angels Clear Glimmer Glam.
Over the tissuestock, I used a French Script background stamp that was inked up with some Raven Detail Ink.
The sentiment and the Eiffel tower image are both from the Brutus Monroe stamp set. I stamped the Eiffel tower using my new, all-time favorite tool the Misti, then fussy cut it out and then colored it with some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.
To add some glitz and glam, some glitter washi tape and a gold embossed vellum butterfly added just the right finishing touch.
These were so fun to create and send away to the rest of the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team. There are so many more fun images on this stamp set and I can't wait to get my hands on them and create some more!
I'll also be linking this up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
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If you follow me on social media you have probably already know that I am on the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team.
The team is so fun to be a part of because Brutus Monroe makes some amazing stamps, inks, paper, and more. Stamping is my favorite thing to do and it is what sucked me into the world of papercrafting in the first place, so it feels right at home playing with these goodies!
When I saw these adorable little owl stamps, I immediately wanted to watercolor them. I stamped them on this piece of watercolor paper and then used different shades of Distress Inks to color them in.
I had originally intended to just practice on these owls and had no intention making them into anything. After the coloring was done, I stamped the sentiment next to the owls and inked around the edges of the paper. It turned out to be a nice little tag!
I finished this little tag off by adding a die cut heart in between the owls that I colored with Distress Ink and added some Stickles to. Then, for the string on the tag I added some Canvas Corp Jute Twine. I love the soft natural look that this tag has going on!
If you want to see more Brutus Monroe goodies head over to their store! They have a lot of unique stamps and goodies. The best part is they have a library of digital papers and SVG files. Many of them coordinate with the stamp sets and are totally FREE!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I did manage to get a process video of these cute little owls so please watch and enjoy!
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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I've been on a little bit of a galaxy background obsession. Most of the time, I apply this technique to paper. I love taking a plain white piece of cardstock and applying all the colors to watch the background come to life. Below is an example of a card I recently did for Brutus Monroe featuring the galaxy background.
This card was created using a combination of Distress Inks, Brutus Monroe inks, and some Liquid Elements from Brutus Monroe, as well. If you want more details on it, hop over the the Brutus Monroe Blog where I have a description of the process as well as a video.
Since I was having so much fun with these backgrounds, I decided to take it a step farther and discover what other surfaces I could apply these galaxies to. I have a black mug in my craft room that I store my heat tool in. I thought it was the perfect blank canvas to do a little galaxy-ing to (yes, I did just turn the word "galaxy" into a verb).
I started by applying some Crystal Tattered Angels paint to the black mug. Then, since I am impatient, I sped up the drying process with my heat tool. The next step was to add some color which I did with Brutus Monroe's Chalk Ink. I decided to use this ink because it does become permanent when dry. Distress Inks would wipe off much too easily.
After I had some color down, the last step was to add paint splatters to give the impression of stars. I did this using more of the Tattered Angels paint and flicking it on with a paintbrush. Then, I dried the whole surface again with my heat tool.
I plan on using this mug in my craft room to house my heat tool, paintbrushes, and any other little craft tools that might need a home. If you plan on using your mug for drinking or eating out of, you might want to go ahead and find a food-safe and dishwasher-safe sealant to apply over the galaxy background. Without the sealant the paint and ink may rub off and would definitely not be something you would want to ingest.
Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!
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!
Did you catch my card last Wednesday over on the Brutus Monroe's blog? I used their November stamp from their stamp club as the inspiration for this project. Since the stamp is centered around photos and selfies, I felt it was perfect for adding a little something special to a Christmas card with a photo on it.
We love sending and receiving photos during the holidays, anyway, so why not just incorporate that idea into a card? You can "scrap" your photos on a card and send the whole thing off to your loved ones.
This particular card is on a 5x7 card base, so I love that if you wanted to, you could just place the whole card into a frame and set it on display. What Grandma wouldn't love that?!?
Anyway, if you want to see more photos and details on how I put this card together, you will have to hop on over to Brutus Monroe and read all about it there.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
I have a pack ofCanvas Corp postcards and lately they have just been begging me to be decorated. I decided to go ahead and decorate them to send to my nieces and nephews.
I have a Stampin Up! ice cream cone stamp set that I thought would be fun to create a super tall ice cream cone with. I first stamped the ice cream scoops onto some post it note paper, then cut out the image to use for a mask. Each time I stamped a scoop, I covered it with the mask and then stamped another scoop over the top in order to stack the scoops on top of each other.
Then, I used a bit of Distress Ink to ink around the edges. A little Versafine Black Onyx ink was perfect for stamping my sentiments with. To finish, I glued on a little bow and added some glittery Stickles to the pink postcard.
Canvas Corp postcards are 4x6 in size, and they are able to be sent through the mail like a regular postcard. I decided to put my postcards into an envelope to send them together. I also added in some cute die cuts that I thought the kids might like to play with.
Super easy and cute! If you do ever decide to send a decorated postcard of your own, it might help to just ask your postal worker for some tips, and if it meets postal regulations.
Im also linking this up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
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