39 posts categorized "Ink Blending"

11/10/2017

Fri 10

Inked Background Holiday Cards Video
by Dave Brethauer

One of the things that I love most about using craft dies in cardmaking is how the shape can be transformed with clever use of color. 

Sometimes I use a little bit of color and sometimes I saturate the background. Both effects are fun and artistic and help take the card to another level.

This year I have been obsessed with all of the Tim Holtz oxide inks - I came late to the game on these, so I have been catching up on all the fun. The way that they can layer and blend - and change their look when splattered with water - is so mesmerizing.

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And the way that you can use them to make a background that highlights the shape of a die has me hooked. Here's a good example of how an inked background can really make a craft die shape come alive.

I sponged some background paper with Distress Oxide in Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio and slipped it behind the 99828 Snowflake Swell die - and that simple snowflake design is instantly transformed into something magical.

Now there is nothing wrong with a solid color behind those snowflakes, but just look how interesting it becomes when the green shades swirl into different hues along the card.

And the effort to do this is small! But it looks as if you did a lot of work!

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In today's video I created two different holiday cards that made the most of some inked backgrounds. First up is the Holiday Candle card - 

I combined the idea of using a little bit of color for a portion of the card above (the halo around the candle) with using lots of color (on the holly leaves) to create this handmade card. Check out the video to see the step by step...

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I knew that I wanted to have the center images "float" in the white background. SO I decided to use just a tiny bit of ink on the white - and use most of the ink on the leaves.

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To make these beautiful leaves I created an inked background using Oxide inks in Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio - overlapping these inks in various intensity to build many different shades of green. Then I spritzed it with water to add a little bit of splatter. Using the 99790 Holly Collage I cut the leaves out and saved them to add into the card.

The way that the green contrasts with the bright white is really striking in person - and the embossed lines of the leaves make it even more interesting.

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And here, I used just a little bit of color (Distress Oxide in Broken China) around the edges of the panel. This created a "halo" around the center - which was the perfect setting for the 99803 Candle Centerpiece. After cutting the Candle Centerpiece out of shiny gold cardstock - I inlaid red and green cardstocks (use some texture here to make it interesting!) to complete the composition.

One of my recent favorites are the Poppystamps Pointed Frames - available in Ovals, Squares and Rectangles. I tend to use a lot of borders with stitching on them, but for a fresh take on things I love these pinpoint frames. I used the 1938 Pointed Rectangle Frames here and they helped me create those perfect white borders.

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The second project in the video was probably the one that I had the most fun with this season (I made a lot of these for store samples!).

This design is the 1888 Peaceful Dove Collage from Poppystamps and I love how it looks like it is moving on the card.

I got to roll up my sleeves and explore some layering with the background on this one - spreading one color over another and slowly building up the intensity. One thing I noticed again and again was that the background looked better after I die cut it.

I mean, I would be putting all of these ink colors onto the paper - and some of the time I must admit it looked like a real mess! - but after I cut it out, it always looked like I planned things out!

Like how the blue happened to be just touching the bird. 

Or the spot under the wings that I didn't blend out very well - it now looked like a blur from the wing. As if I had done it on purpose! I embrace this all as happy accidents.

Once you cut it out there is a lot of paper removed from the card, so the background is broken up into different areas of color, swirling around the bird. So I think your eye is drawn more to the contours of the cut paper - and the background somehow becomes more interesting because the color stops and then starts again across the open spaces in the die cut.

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Here I used some Oxide ink in Broken China and Peeled Paint - with a dab of Squeezed Lemonade in regular Distress ink for a bright glow of "light".

This is similar to the look I used in my Snowy Sky Cards video - a little spot of light shining down - but I am using a different color scheme. The effect is still amazing - and creates some depth on the paper. Try to position the Broken China blue area above the dove's head if you can - and then get the portions of Peeled Paint to flank the bird on either side.

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At the bottom of the composition I used the 1852 Holly Twig as something that the dove was about to perch on. I cut it out of various colors of cardstock and then glued the pieces together in order to get green leaves and red berries - and I added a little bit of red glitter glue to sparkle the berries right up.

I wanted the background at the bottom of the card to be darker - so after sponging the bottom with Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber, I went over it with some Distress Oxide ink in Vintage Photo. Once you get it dark enough, then spritz with some water!

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Here's another example of how an inked background can transform a card - shown here with the 99797 Reindeer Window. The craft die creates a very simple opening around the reindeer, which can be filled in with a solid color, but look how exciting it becomes with lots of ink and splatter! For even more texture I stamped and embossed some leaves (from the CL5187 Christmas Botanicals stamp set) onto the background with clear ink and clear embossing powder. This allows the color of the ink to show through the embossed lines, but the color becomes a shade darker.

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I used Distress Oxide ink in Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo - and you can see up close how they blend so nicely.

I sprayed it with a little bleach and water solution (1 cup water to 1 tablespoon bleach) for some bright white splatter. The antlers are cut out of white glitter cardstock - and for good measure I used a Wink of Stella pen to fill in the leaves with some shimmer. Do you see how the area inside the leaves picks up little glints of light? So amazing.

So as you can see, there's tons of opportunities to make the most of inked backgrounds on your handmade cards. From small areas (the holly leaves) to large areas (the space around the dove collage) - you can transform a plain background into something spectacular with some ink in no time.

OK - time to get out your inkpads and start sponging!

10/24/2017

Tue 24

Snowy Christmas
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and welcome!

   Today's card is a combination of embossing, ink blending, die cutting and paint spritzing using the new dies for the holidays.  It was fun to get out my supplies (ok, they were already out--I'm a messy crafter at times) and charge into this layered card...check it out.

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The trees and the cabin are two different dies that align perfectly to create this wintery scene.  I cut both from white paper and pieced the trees and cabin with solid colored card stock.  A little bit of diluted white acrylic paint spritzed on the trees created the snow pattern and a touch of white pen filled in "naked" areas.  

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For the beautiful night sky I blended Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks on a white paper panel, then spritzed with water to create a speckled effect.  This panel was positioned and adhered behind the circular opening giving the trees and cabin a starry backdrop.   

Using the Circle Basics die set, I selected the die closest in size to the tree and cabin circle sets for the front panel opening.  Next, a quick run through of this panel with a dotted Swiss embossing folder and then adhered all four layers together.  Starting from the back, that's Sky panel, tree layer, cabin layer then embossed white panel.

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For a touch more red, I added the smallest size of Poinsettia Blooms and the Brushed Merry Christmas sentiment....all sitting pretty on a green note card.  How's that for traditional Christmas colors!  Now to make a few more (per week) in time for the holiday mailings.  How many cards do you send out?  Each year my list grows longer since everyone loves a handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look at this snowy Christmas card! Jennysig

 

10/19/2017

Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.

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Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  

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Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  

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Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.

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If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items.  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.

 

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09/15/2017

Fri 15

You Make Me Smile
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a fun way to dress up the Cozy Mugs with some ink and some stamps, let's get started!

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These mugs are so cute and can be used for so many different occasions depending on how you decorate them. For my card today I die cut one of each size mug in the set in white card stock. For the largest mug I masked off a line using some post it tape and inked the teal stripe with a foam blending tool. I repeated this with a slightly smaller strip on the bottom of the mug in a navy ink.

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For the dotted mug I used the dot stamp in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set for the fun pattern. I just stamped repeatedly until the whole mug was covered. For the last mug I used both techniques, I inked the bottom of the mug and stamped the top portion. To finish off the card I stamped my sentiment on the largest mug and then added a line of gems on the navy stripe. The mugs are all stacked on a piece of paper that I cut with the largest die in the Pinpoint Rectangle set and layered on to a piece of navy dot paper.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a fabulous weekend!

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08/11/2017

Fri 11

Holy Mackerel
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have one last summer card for you before we really get into my favorite times of the year, autumn and winter.  

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I have so many summer birthdays, and I found myself needing on more card, and those cute fish stamps were calling my name!

To make this card I stamped, colored and die cut the fish.  I used Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Oxide inks to create the background layer for my card.  While the inks were still wet, I wrinkled a piece of plastic and layed it over the inked paper and let it dry. Once it was dry I pulled the plastic wrap off and if left a nice texture on the background.

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I trimmed the paper and glued it to a white cardstock layer.  Next I stamped my sentiment with black ink, in the bottom right hand corner of the card.  Using orange cardstock I die cut the rings and glued them on top of the background.  I used foam tape to adhere the fish to the card.  

I adhered the card front to a orange cardstock layer which I then glued to a white card base.  I added some clear epoxy dots to finish off the card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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08/10/2017

Thu 10

Elegant Shorebirds and the Radiant Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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An altered Radiant Frame becomes the summer sun shining on a trio of the Elegant Shorebirds today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a bright outdoor scene under a brilliant sun.  Wishful thinking, snowflakes and winter pastels just couldn't cool things off.  Let's accept the heat and smoky skies ...and create a summer card to cheer things up!

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Cut a portion of the Radiant Frame from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-1/2" Circle Basics die.  Cut off the remaining straight edge of the frame.

Attach adhesive label paper to flamingo-colored cardstock and diecut Elegant Shorebirds.  The layer label paper adds a bit of dimension to the birds.  

Cut Shizen Design Deckled Watercolor Paper with the 1-3/4"  x 3" Rectangle Basics die - position the die to retain a short deckled edge.  

Sponge worn lipstick, fossilized amber and a tiny amount of peeled paint Distress Oxides onto the watercolor paper.  Blend the colors with a waterbrush, then heat-set the inks.  The different colors settle randomly into the rough surface of the paper and create a shadowy, textured background.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN  class at Impress!  The Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps collections have so many dies that are perfect for the Asian theme.  If you love origami - the Square Basics set is a must for perfect folds.  Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics are great for cutting those beautiful silkscreened artpapers in your stash too.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for filling our baskets with the tools and supplies we needed.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two AC-d classes at Impress on August 12th.  It's PAPER PLEASE from 11:00-1:00 - using our favorite dies with the vibrant handmade cotton-fiber papers from Shizen Design.  We'll be using the just-received rough-textured deckle-edge watercolor paper from Shizen Design too!

An added class - NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS - follows that from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Make 6 cards featuring the latest and greatest from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  Lots of techniques, Distress Oxides, special folds, cutouts and glitter!

Thanks very much for stopping by - keep cool and carry on!

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08/08/2017

Tue 08

Poinsettia Bloom
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box Friends!

 Ready to get a jump on your Christmas cards?  We all know you can spend a lot of time on your cards but sometimes it's the design idea that takes the most time--planning composition, colors, embellishments and textures....here's one idea for you to try out.  

  So many of us think of poinsettia flowers as deep red in color but I have seen some lovely pink ones...here's mine.

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Starting with the background, I sponged these colors randomly onto white card stock: faded jeans, broken china, and fossilized amber distress oxide inks.  A few spritzes of plain water which, when blotted, add the speckles (aka falling snow) to the blended inks.  I love making these backgrounds since no two look alike...the colors flow and swirl to make beautiful original bases for the next step. 

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I die cut the Decorative Poinsettia from a vanilla colored card stock along with a smaller size flower from the Poinsettia Blooms Open Studio die set for layering purposes.    Next, a second set of both flower sizes were die cut from white card stock which I sponged with Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink.  I added more concentrated color to the petal's center and lightened the pressure towards the petal tips.  To show both layers, I slightly offset the petals and gently curved the paper before adhearing together.  A quick spray of aerosol adhesive on the pink layers grabbed the chunky glitter for a frosty look.   

The Batavia snowflakes added a bit more sparkle by using silver glitter paper--which cut through easily, even with the intricate detail on the dies!

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Finally, the beautiful Brushstroke Merry Christmas  die cut was adhered in place (again using spray adhesive...watch your surroundings for overspray though).  Make several cards at a time using the "assembly line" method and find yourself ahead of the holiday crazies...you'll thank yourself!

I thank you for stopping by today and any comments you give...I read every one and appreciate the time you take to connect.

 

Happy Tuesday!

Jennysig


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07/25/2017

Tue 25

Snowy Spectrum
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box friends,

   I don't know about you but I am dreaming about these cool snowflakes--we need some cooler temps around here (San Diego).  It has been "blue blazin' hot", as my Grandpa used to say.

Let's take a look at the new Snowy Spectrum die featured on my card today...

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I created the multi colored background by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and faded jeans distress oxide inks on a small panel of watercolor paper.  Just as everyone says, these inks are smooth as butter and easy to blend.  A few flecks of water sprinkled then blotted off gives that wonderful spotted effect.  

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I adhered the Snowy Spectrum die cut over the throughly dried distress oxide inks (that took about 30 seconds in this heat) and added 2 more layers of snowflakes using the Batavia Snowflake die.  By lightly dabbing a tiny bit of wet glue to the main portions of the snowflake die cuts, the positioning is stress free.  The wet glue is forgiving so you can slide the additional snowflakes into perfect position on top of their mates.  Just a few strokes with the Wink of Stella glitter brush adds a subtle shimmer to each snowflake.

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You may know by now that I love to add paper layers to my card creations and I used papers that complimented the inks today.  Gray, seafoam green and pool papers were my color choices.  To coordinate with the subtle gray I stamped the merry Christmas sentiment in Versafine Smokey Gray.  I like inking with grays instead of black lately.  Black is sometimes a bit too strong and the grays know how to play well with the other colors.  

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As always, I appreciate your visit here today and love reading your comments.  Thanks for taking the time.  Jennysig


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04/26/2017

Wed 26

Serene Summer
by Lindsay

Hello paper crafting friends!

I have a colorful card to share with you today, using more of the fabulous Spring release! As you know, I love ink blending, and bold color, so obviously, that is what you will get today.

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I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and applied several shades of ink to it using a foam blending tool. I then spritzed on some water, let it sit for a few seconds, and blotted the water off with a paper towel. 

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I sat the paper aside, and began die cutting the Antilles Floral Border with white card stock. I die cut enough to cover the whole piece. I then adhered it with tiny pieces of foam tape, and finished it with sequins.

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I hope you were inspired today! Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you have a beautiful day!

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04/19/2017

Wed 19

A Trio of Spring Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Spring!

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weather, where ever you may be! I have a clean and simple floral card to share with you today, that uses several die sets, and is very simple to put together. 

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I started with a white card base, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I then took two thin strips of masking tape, and adhered them to the left hand corner of the card front, before sponging in light yellow ink. Once that was done, I die cut the Magnificent Mum Bouquet out of green card stock. I also cut out three matching flowers from the Magnificent Mum Floral Blooms. I adhered the blooms over the green flowers with adhesive, and attached the die cut to my card base. 

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I used black card stock, and the Thank You Manuscript die to create a contrasting sentiment, and finished the card with a few clear drops, and glitter on the flowers. 

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I hope you were inspired to create with your floral dies, and colorful card stocks! Have a great day!

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