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Simple colouring with ink blending

Welcome back to the blog. I have two cards for you today; one was a mistake, but I went with it and still created a card with it. It has an even more, inkier/sketchy feel today and I love it just as much. These cards use simple colouring with ink blending for a beautiful soft look with subtle dimension. And you don’t need to be an expert colourist or blender to achieve this look. The new crafting craze of make-up style ink blending brushes makes this technique so easy. Combined with emboss resist, the images come together in no time! 

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I also recently took the easy ink blending class at Altenew as part of my Altenew Educator certificate programme, were there some fantastic techniques for adding ink blending to your cards. My favourite used here, is ink blending and emboss resist technique. It is a great way to add colour quickly but allows the embossed stamp to pop against the colours.

So sit back with a cuppa and enjoy!


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Simple colouring with ink blending

Place a piece of Neenah Classic Crest solar white 80lb card into your stamping platform. Next, stamp the largest flower from the Altenew Ink Floral stamp set, along with a couple of leaves, in Clear Ultra slowing drying ink from WOW! Embossing powder. Now, you could use an acrylic block as this is very smooth paper, and you don’t need to stamp it twice – so a stamping platform is optional!

Heat emboss the design in WOW! Metallic Platinum embossing powder and heat set. Now you’re ready to ink blend.

The make-up style blending brush set has a variety of sizes, and the small brushes with different shape heads are great for adding colour to smaller areas. Start off with applying Tattered Rose to the whole of the flower using a medium round brush from the set. Then apply Victorian Velvet to the areas of the flower and petals that are towards the centre. This is to add dimension and shading. After this, use an even smaller brush from the set to add Seedless Preserves into the nooks and crannies and go back with the other colours to blend it out.

For the leaves, use the same principle with Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters and Lucky Clover. The brushes are easy to clean in between with a baby wipe and then dried with a paper towel.

You may think it looks a hot mess, but done worry! Once you cut it out it will look fantastic. Allow the ink to go over the edges of the stamp, so when the images are cut out, you don’t have a white outline. For the offset embossed flower (my mistake!), I used Spun sugar, Abandoned Coral and Candied apple for a red flower.

With emboss resist, some ink will be sitting on top of the embossing. But as the embossing is not porous, this can easily be buffed off with a dry paper towel. The embossing powder will shine again compared to areas where the ink remains.

To assemble the cards, die cut the gradient lines cover die twice out of Neenah solar white. These were adhered to two card bases made out of Neenah Classic Crest solar white 110lb cardstock using Gina K connect glue. Connect glue was great for applying glue to the very strips of the cover die and gives some wiggle room as you align it onto your card base.

Next, adhere the flowers onto the card with Scrapbook adhesives foam pads and te leaves directly to the card panel with connect glue.

To add a little more interest to the background, using the Altenew watercolour pan set, mix the Jet Black with water to add fine paint splatter onto the card. Cover the flowers with a paper towel to prevent getting splatter on them.

Emboss a couple of sentiments onto black card.  For the red card, the sentiment comes from the Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp set and the sentiment for the pink card cam from the Sketchy floral stamp set. These were embossed with WOW! Opaque bright white and Platinum embossing powders.

To finish the cards off, add a few clear Nuvo drops as embellishments.

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Simple colouring with ink blending:
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8 thoughts on “Simple colouring with ink blending”

  • Absolutely gorgeous!! I missed seeing your work Verity (for AECP)!
    Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. I love your write-up and descriptions! Please keep up with your excellent work!

    • Thank you Erum! Yes I am determined to finish level one soon, just making sure I give time to absorb all the amazing information from the classes as I go! Enjoyed this ink blending class.

  • Bravo!! I hope to see more of your videos! I totally enjoyed it, Verity! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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