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easy ink blending techniques for card making

Easy ink blending techniques for card making – Catherine Pooler Just A Note

The lovely Just a Note collection from Catherine Pooler Designs is available to buy today and I’ve got a video on ink blending tips and tricks using this collection. I was inspired to create fresh floral cards using the new Big Blooms bundle and share 3 ways to use ink blending with cardmaking. However, you can use easy ink blending techniques for card making with any paper crafting supplies you have so you can get crafting straight away!

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easy ink blending techniques for card making

Double ink blending with stencils

One way I love to use ink blending is with stencils. You can easily ink blend over the top of a stencil, but I also love to ink blend a background first before stencilling. For this background, ink blend with blending brushes an ombre gradient using the following inks: Hot Tub, All That Jazz and Uptown

When ink blending, make sure you’re blending on a smooth surface like a blending mat or glass mat. Also, start of the cardstock and move in circular motions onto the cardstock for a smooth blend. In addition, overlap the colours for a seamless blend. 

Place the In the Square stencil over your ink blended background and repeat the same process over the stencil ensuring you’re using the same colours at the same point on the card. This will create the pattern of the stencil design but in a lighter tone to the rest of the card. Trim this panel down and add it to a card base.

To finish this card, stamp a flower from the Big Blooms stamp set in Limoncello and Tiara, as well as the leaf veins in Uptown. Use the coordinating die to cut these out to add to the card along with a stamped sentiment. Lastly, embellish with sequins from Park Avenue sequin mix

Stamping over ink blending.

My second ink blending technique adds some tone on tone look to an ink blended background with stamping. For this card, ink blend with blending brushes Cummerbund, Fiesta Blue and Dress Blue. This would work well for a winter snowy sky. 

easy ink blending techniques for card making

To fade your ink blending out to white, use a large ink blending brush and use large circular soft motions to add the ink. Once complete, stamp in Dress Blue some of the outline stamps from the Big Blossom stamp set. In addition, add some ink splatter in Dress blue to add texture. 

For a little added interest, heat emboss the florals from the stamp set in Metallic Gold Rich Embossing powder. Colour the flowers with the ink pad directly to the paper method using the same three blues. Next, use the coordinating dies to cut the images out and foam mount onto the front. 

To finish the card off, heat emboss a sentiment from the stamp set and embellish with sequins from the Portland sequin mix. 

Fade out ink blending

Fade out ink blending adds a lovely halo behind your stamp/focal element. This can add a highlight to the card and add a lovely soft texture. For this to work, you need to start blending on the card, not off it, so make sure where you start will be an area that will get covered up to prevent harsh marks from showing. 

Start ink blending in a circular motion with Sweet Sixteen gradually making the circle big to fade the colour out. Next, do the same with Flirty Fuschia though do not fade out as far this time. Lastly, do the same with Glam and again make sure you don’t fade this out so far. This helps intensify the colour blend. 

Stamp the outline flowers in Melon Ice and the outline leaves in Martini. To colour the images, use a clear Tombow Blend pen to pick up colour from the ink pad to colour the flowers/leaves. Stamp the inners of the flowers in Flirty Fuschia ink and then cut the images out with the coordinating dies

The card was finished with a sentiment from the Notes of Love stamp and die set and stamping in Glam ink. Lastly, embellish the card with sequins from the Park Avenue Sequin Mix

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This post was produced as part of my Brand Ambassador work for Catherine Pooler Designs  I have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from Catherine Pooler Designs to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of and with products that I love.   The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert. 

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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.

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