Happy Wednesday everyone! Jen here sharing one of my absolute favorite card-making techniques—rainbow(ish) ink blending. I always find myself going back to this technique over and over again because it makes such a bold and quick background.
To get going here is what I like to use:
- Inks for blending (I’m using Taylored Expressions ink but you could use Distress Inks or another dye or chalk ink.)
- Ink blending tools and foams
- Stencil (optional)
- White cardstock (I’ve also had great luck using kraft and pastel cardstock.)
- Printer paper for blotting
To start my background, I am going to place my stencil over my white cardstock. I’ve taped down a corner of the cardstock so it won’t move and I’m taping down the stencil in a couple of places so it will also stay in place.
Now it’s time to get inky. I like to arrange my ink pads in the order I’m going to use them so I don’t accidentally grab the wrong one. I tend to get tunnel vision when inking and have been known to ruin a card or two. For this card, I’m going to be starting with lemon meringue. I’m going to sponge this over the center of the mandala center using a circular motion as I sponge. Before I apply any ink I also make sure to blot the sponge tool on a piece of printer paper. This allows me to gradually build up the ink and avoid splotches. I also try to keep a very light hand at first so the ink is applied gently and in layers. With this delicate stencil, I discovered it was almost easier to daub the ink on rather than swirl. I used a bit of both.
The next color I’m going to apply is granny smith. I want the green to just overlap the edge of the yellow so the two blend gently. With the green I found it was much more important to go slowly, blot a lot and keep a light hand as it was a bit darker in color.
The next color I’m going to apply is sprinkles. I adore this color. If I could I think everything in my home would be this lovely light blue color. This is the last color I’m sponging on so I want to feather it out to the edges of the cardstock. To achieve this look, I’m going to blot my sponge tool a little extra and very gently swirl the ink away from the green toward the edges of the paper.
To create a smooth blend it was necessary to do a couple of layers of sprinkles ink.
Now it’s time to take off the stencil and see how it looks! I always want to peek early but I have been known to move the stencil when I do that so I make myself wait until the end.
To use this background for a card, I die-cut it down a bit smaller using a stitched rectangle die. I then mounted it on a white card base with foam tape. I wanted to keep the inking the star of the show so I chose a simple sentiment die and cut it three times from white cardstock. On one of the die cuts, I inked it with watermark ink and heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder. I repeated this twice using gold glitter embossing powder on the final embossing. I glued all three die cuts together to give the sentiment some height and attached it to the lower right area of the card. To finish, I added a few tiny rhinestones for some sparkle.
Supplies: Sugar cube cardstock, ink pads (lemon meringue, granny smith, sprinkles), clear Tiny Twinkles, and Hello Script (#TE1024) and Stitched Rectangle Stacklets (#TE721) dies from Taylored Expressions; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine; gold embossing powder from Ranger Industries Inc.; gold glitter embossing powder from American Crafts; Heart Mandala stencil (#SSST121393) from Simon Says Stamp!
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