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!
More from Marie Nicole...
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 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.
I just love Lawn Fawn stamps. They have such cute images and clever puns! I recently got their "Love You A Latte" stamp set and Im in love! Its full of cute little coffee and tea stamps. When I was looking through the stamps I immediately thought of Canvas Corp's Beans and Bags papers. I thought they'd go well together so I went ahead and matched them up!
I built the background using a scrap of Beans and Bags papers. I also added a few other layers, including a piece that I Distress Inked to match, and a kraft piece that I stamped some little coffee beans on. I also added a scrap of burlap for some texture.
I also got the dies that coordinate with the stamps, so I stamped them out, colored them, and added them to the front of the card. I love how the background is so neutral, and then the stamps add a pop of brightness.
I had some of the die cuts leftover that I wanted to use, so I went ahead and created a gift card holder out of Canvas Corp's mini bags, as well!
Its so fun to take a plain white palate and stamp a pattern on it! I used Distress Inks to stamp the hearts and coffee beans on the background. Then, I layered some E-Flute paper in Chocolate brown over the pattern. I die cut the E Flute into a heart. I thought at first that maybe the E Flute wouldnt work so well being dir cut, but it went through my Sizzix beautifully!
I then just adhered the die cuts on top of the heart. It's so cute! I could see giving someone a gift card to their favorite coffee place in this bag.
So don't be afraid to match up some of your favorite brands and craft with them side by side! You might find that Canvas Corp pairs beautifully with a lot of stamps and products from other companies!
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!
Hello! I have a simple card to share with you today. I have this "Prayers" stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, and I have been absolutely loving it. It is perfect for sympathy and encouragement type cards.
With sympathy cards I feel like you want them simple, classy, and definitely not depressing. I feel this card fits the bill.
I started by taking some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and lightly applying it to my white cardstock base. I only wanted the color in one spot near the top.
Then, I took this beautiful vine frame die cut that I cut using my Cricut and I cut a piece of vellum to fit. I glued the vellum to the back of the frame using Aleene's Tack It glue.
For the "Prayers" die, I first took a strip of white cardstock and sprayed it with Tattered Angels' glimmer mists, The colors I used were Mint Julip, Wedding Pink, and I also added a few splatters of their Chalkboard paint in Chalk White. When that was dry, I die cut the word "prayers" and adhered it over the vellum using Aleene's again.
Then I took the whole vellum piece and put some tiny foam adhesive pieces on the back to adhere it to the base.
That completed the card! It was so simple so I ended up making two. I may even make a few more to complete a set of them.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!
If you are interested in the products I used, I have put together some links to them below!
I'm also linking this up with Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge!
The challenge is to Leap Into the Unknown, and since this is my first time working with vellum, I'd say it fits!
Tombow recently sent me some fun products to play with. One of them, their Tombow Mono Removable Adhesive, seemed like it would be perfect to try to do some masking with.
I wanted to create a single layer image of Avery Elle's Peonies in their vase. I die cut the shapes out of plain white cardstock, and applied them over the coordinating stamps with Tombow's adhesive. It worked great! Not only did it hold the die cut pieces in place, it also did not leave any stickiness behind.
The flowers were colored in with Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mists, and then I fussy cut them and mounted them over some patterned paper with some craft foam.
To finish the card, I added some black hearts and brushed some Wink of Stella on top of them.
Watch the video below to see the whole process!
Check out some fun products I used!
I've been busy working on some cards to send out to the Lasting Hearts Card Drive. I just got them in the mail this morning, and this is the last set that I managed to put together.
I started with stamping out all the peonies and leaves. These flowers are from Avery Elle's stamp set, Peonies. Its an absolutely gorgeous set. After they were all stamped out, I colored them with my watercolor pencils, and then blended the colors using my waterbrush. I then used the coordinating dies and ran them through my Sizzix to die cut all the little pieces.
My next step was to stamp and die cut the word "Prayers" with my Prayers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. After they were cut, I added some Wink of Stella to give it a little shimmer.
Then, I cut out three note cards using my Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die set. I adhered the cards down on some green striped background paper using some craft foam to help give some dimension. Then I glued on the peonies, leaves, and "Prayers" dies.
Lastly, I used some of the mix and match sentiments from the "Prayers" stamp set to add a few more words around the die.
I find sometimes that keeping my cards simple really brings the focus to the sentiment, which is what I was going for here. These cards are going to such a sweet cause and I really want them to be an encouragement to the recipients.
Check out some fun products I used!
I have been playing around with gesso lately, and I did a little stamping with it on this card. You can see on the bottom left corner the scroll design that was stamped with gesso, and then over that I used several colors of Distress Inks to create a resist. After the ink was applied and blended, I stamped some scripted writing over the top of it, Then, to finish the background I spritzed it with some Tsukineko shimmer mist.
For the embellishments, I cut the heart first out of black cardstock, and then again out of acetate. The acetate I also ran through my Sizzix with an embossing folder to give it some texture. Then, I punched a hole at the top and tied some twine into a bow.
The polka dot flower I made by ruffling some washi tape onto a carstock circle and then adding a brad in the center.
My sentiment was stamped using Avery Elle's Peony stamp set. I also added a little scalloped border from a die from Lawn Fawn. I absolutely LOVE this die set. I have used it many times and it always looks fantastic! My sentiment was then adhered with foam adhesive to give it some dimension.
For a finishing touch, I added some black heart rhinestones.
Here's some fun products I used!
I'm also linking this project up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
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