302 posts categorized "Ink Blending"


Fri 26

Anemone Cutout Friendship Card by Jean Okimoto

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Reach out to someone you miss with a floral window card from our January Anemone Collection.  Hi, Jean here with a fresh pink friendship card from our latest release. The "missing" blossom is attached inside, visible thru the window - and there's space for a short note below it.  

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Cut a 5" x 6" piece of white cardstock. It's easier to trim the extra cardstock later than it is to align everything perfectly.   Spritz both sides with a light mist of water. Leave at least ¾" of space on the left edge and emboss the cardstock with the new Anemone Bunches 3D Embossing Folder.  Cut the anemone with the larger die from the set.  Use an ink applicator or blending brush to color it with kitsch flamingo and bundled sage Distress Oxides.  Use a cotton swab to daub the center with Pearlescent Yellow Brilliance. 

Score the left edge ½" from the embossed design to create a tab.  Trim the cardstock to 5-½" x 4-¼" plus the ½" tab.  Attach the tab behind a 5-½" x 4-¼" piece of white cardstock for an A-2 card.

Close the card and attach the anenome diecut (excluding the delicate stem) through the opening.  Open the card and attach the stem.

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Cut 2 of the Miss You Debut Script backgrounds from white cardstock.  Color 1 background with kitsch flamingo.  Cut the detailed top layer from white cardstock and color it with kitsch flamingo too.  Assemble the greeting - place the inked background slightly offset to the left for dimension and contrast against the white background.

Add pale green Bright Jewels.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.  

It sounds very complicated, but it's not!  Hope you'll try this design in your favorite colors.  Thanks for visiting our blog...have a great weekend!






Thu 25

Hugs with Anemone Duo
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, Angie here today with a "Hugs" card featuring products from the new Anemone Collection.  Here's a close up of the flowers and new "Happy Spring Debut Script" (94779) word die.


I die cut and colored the Anemone Duo die with Distress Inks and colored pencils and then put them together.  I ink blended Distress Saltwater Taffy lightly on a white card stock and put it behind the card front that I had cut with the "Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut-Out" craft die (94361).  Once that was glued behind the heart, I added the two flower buds to the heart but didn't use any of the leaves from the die.  I will save those for a later project.  


I cut 3 inches off the bottom of the front panel on the bottom and added a strip of striped washi tape and then a panel that was inked with Distress Saltwater Taffy, ink directly to paper.

I cut the shadow Hugs from more inked card stock and the thin letters of the die from white card stock.  Once I glued those together, I added them to the bottom of the heart.  Lastly I added five Pastel Jewels (JWL002) to the card front.  Here's one last look:


I hope you have had a chance to look at all the beautiful products in this latest release!  Be sure to come back each day for more inspiration from the design team.  Thanks and happy crafting!






Wed 24

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  I have another card for you featuring new products from the 2024 January release.

To make this card, I die cut all the images from white cardstock and used Distress Oxide Inks to add color to them.

Flowers: Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Inks

Flower centers: Black Soot Distress Ink

Leaves: Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Inks

I followed the image on the packing for the die cuts and glued the flowers together.


The word "hello" was die cut from black cardstock and the shadow from white cardstock.  I glued the word "hello" on top of the white shadow die cut.

Next, I dry embossed a strip of gray cardstock using the Ringadings 3D embossing folder.  I randomly swiped a white pigment ink pad across the embossed paper, sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat set it.   

I used a blending brush and applied the same Distress Oxide inks used for the flowers to a white cardstock panel.  I spattered the background with plain water and dried it.

I glued the gray embossed strip of paper to the inked panel and spattered it with black ink.

Next, I glued the flowers and leaves to the card front and used foam tape to adhere the hello die cut to the card.


To finish the card, I glued the card front to a pink card base.

That's my card for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!






Thu 18

Hello Anemone Rub On
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.   The beautiful white/blue Anemone rub on from the current Anemone release was calling my name. 😉   I’ve only ever used rub on sentiments on cards, so having them as the focal point was a learning experience. 😂 

Anyway, I started by trimming the blue plaid pattern paper to A2 size.  Used a rectangle die to die cut from the center of it, then die cut a rectangle frame from Bristol paper.  Adhered the pattern paper and frame onto an A2 size white card base.



Next, ink blended two gradient colours of blue dye inks to the top of the inside frame rectangle piece. and inlaid it into the opening.  Arranged and applied the rub ons onto the card, then die cut the sentiment from gold mirror paper to match the gold in the paper and voila!  Done.  



My biggest take away when using rub ons is to apply and use them on flat surfaces.  I should have left out the frame. 😂   Lesson learned.   And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Sat 13

Winter Tree Arch Blues
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  With the weather going from unseasonably mild to unseasonably freezing cold in a day here, it inspired me to create this wintry card featuring never before used (NBUS) Winter Tree Arch die with some leftover pine tree die cut pieces from this post.

Partial die cutting was used with the Winter Tree Arch die to make the trees taller from its original design (see comparison photo below).  Subsequently, partial die cutting was also done with the Nested Globes dies to create the matching arch background and frame.


Faded Jeans and Speckled Egg distress inks (DI) were then ink blended on the background piece before splattering it with diluted white gouache paint for snow.  Kept the pine trees white, but for some sparkle, die cut the top layers from white glitter paper. 


The sentiment was also die cut from white glitter paper and mounted on its navy blue shadow.  Assembled the card onto a white woidgrain panel to finish.


 And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Wed 10

Winter Hello
by Angie Cimbalo

Splatter main

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a "Winter Hello" card to welcome in the new year!  My card as shown above was misted with water after I completed - here's a photo I took before I sprayed it:

Prior to water droplets

The inks I used and blended on the water and the horizon were Distress Ink and they react so nicely with sprayed water droplets creating lots of extra texture.  Here's a close up look at those splatters:

Splatter close

I cut two of the "Forest Path" die from white card stock and then took one after cutting it and laid it on top of a piece of "Press and Seal."  This way all the tiny pieces stayed together.  I blended Distress Inks in blues, oranges and purples across the top.  I didn't worry about ink getting on the snow drifts because I knew I was going to lay the 2nd "Forest Path" cut from white over the top of the inked one.  So once I was done inking, I added the totally white one on top with liquid glue, all except the river.  I inked the 2nd river in blue and then added it to the bottom layer.  

Next I added Fluffy Stuff to simulate snow on the riverbank edges.  Once you heat it up, it puffs up and looks like snow!  I cut two of the "Hello Rush Script" word die and glued them together and used the same ink colors on it, then added it to the card.  I cut birds from white card stock using "Layered Birds" and inked the top layer of each bird with blue ink the glued them together.  I added them to the card along with snowflake sequins from my stash, then sprayed water on the whole card front before adding it to the heavyweight A2 card base.  Here's one last look:

Splatter 1

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your new year is off to a great start!  See you next time!







Sat 16

Nested Bundled Red Robin
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I didn’t want the Bundled Bird die from the current 2023 Christmas collection to have FOMO (fear of missing out) 😂*lol*, so I took creative licence and turned him into a red robin for another bird themed Christmas card.

Except for the nest, which was die cut from Kraft cardstock, all pieces were die cut from white cardstock then ink blended with distress inks (DI).  Shading and details were added to the hat brim and pom-pom with Copic Sketch markers C00/1/3/4.  
A quick side note - I wanted the bird to fit better in the nest, so he was slimmed down by placing his body piece back in the die, offsetting it and then die cutting it again.  
DI used:
bird - Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot 
nest - Gathered Twigs, Black Soot 
hat - Lumberjack Plaid, Black Soot 
branch - Black Soot
The background is 5x3.75-inch mixed media paper ink smooshed with Black Soot DI in the bottom right corner.  Assembled the scene onto the panel, then painted white gouache paint onto the branch and nest for accumulated snow, and splattered diluted white gouache paint for falling snow.  May have went a little overboard with this step. 😂*lol*   Stamped the sentiment in red, inked around the edges and then adhered onto a white card base to finish.


That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Sun 10

Winter Tree Arch Christmas Cards
by Angie Cimbalo

Card 2 close

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with two Christmas cards featuring the new Winter Tree Arch die along with lots of other dies from the newest 2023 Christmas release.

Here's a closer look at my first card:

Card 2 close

As you can see I used Delicate Pastel Glitter pad paper to cut the tree arch die along with the Merry Christmas Charmed Script and the Aurora Snowflake Frame die, all new dies from the release.  I took a piece of white cardstock and added lots of Distress Inks in shades of reds and then used the Nested Globes die set (3rd largest in the set) to cut out the red background for my glitter trees.  I also inked an extra piece of the red so I could cut the sentiment from it too.  

You can see that I pieced the two sentiment dies, red and glitter together.  Now I had two sentiments to chose from, either glitter outline and red inside, or the opposite.  I chose the glitter outline with the red insert letters.  I'm saving the other one for another project.  

I glued the frame glitter die to the card front and then the trees to the red globe.  Next I added the globe to the card front.  I cut the Layered Evergreen Trees dies from 2 colors of green cardstock from the Lush Green paper pad and glued them together then added them to the card front.  I added the sentiment right on top of everything.  

One tip I have for liquid glue on the glitter paper is to use Glossy Accents if you need to adhere something to the glitter side.  It works much better than regular liquid glue and dries stronger too.

One other tip for cutting intricate dies from the glitter pad papers is to run it through your die cutting machines several times.  The glitter paper is very sturdy and thick.  Running it through multiple times will really help it cut perfectly.

Here's one last look:

Card 2 b

Now on to card #2:

Card 1 main

For card number two, I cut a Nested Globe from glitter paper to put behind my die cut white tree arch.  I cut the size arch that was slightly smaller than the tree arch because I wanted the branches to hang over into the card base's white space.  I added the tree arch to the globe piece, then cut Pine Tree Grove dies from the same two colors of green card stock.  After putting them together I added them to the globe.  Here's a close up look:

Card 1 close

I cut the globe bottom with the Nested Globe base die set, using the largest of those dies.  Each base has the main piece plus two thin edges you add on top of the base.  I cut all that from kraft cardstock and added red inks to the two thin edges before adding them to the globe base.  I added the globe base to the globe and took the left over Merry Christmas Charmed Script die and added it toward the bottom of the globe.  To finish my card I added a few small snowflake embellishments from my stash, 3 on the globe top and six across the base.  Here's one last look:

Card b

I hope you like my cards for today and I've inspired you with these designs.  Be sure to come back every day to see the lovely inspiration from the design team.  Thanks so much for stopping by and happy creating!






Sat 09

Chickadee Leaf Bunches Wreath
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have another Christmas card to share today using several products from the current 2023 Christmas collection.  I was about to make
a classic circle wreath, but somehow went rogue. 😂*lol*

Anyway, all layers / pieces were die cut from white paper, then ink blended with distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.

DI used:
chickadee - Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot 
leaf bunches - Speckled Egg, Faded Jeans 
pine needles - Shabby Shutters, Rustic Wilderness 
hexagon frame - Gathered Twigs


For the background, the Aurora Snowflake Frame was die cut from Bristol paper and adhered to a Bristol panel for a faux dry embossed look.  The hexagon Stylish Frame was then used to die cut an opening from it.  Next, on a scrap piece of Bristol paper slightly larger than the opening, the sentiment was heat embossed with silver embossing powder before ombré ink blending Stormy Sky DI at the top.  Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel (aka emboss resist), then glued it behind the opening. 



The brown hexagon frame looked out of place, so it was inked with VersaMark ink and heat embossed in silver to match the sentiment.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added falling snow with a white gel pen to finish.

Thank you for joining me today.   Have a wonderful day.





Sat 18

Blue Friendly Snowman
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I’m sharing another monochromatic blue Christmas card today.  It features the Aurora Snowflake cling stamp, Layered Friendly Snowman die and Brilliant Joy die from the current 2023 Christmas collection.  

Created the sky using the VersaMark Resist technique.  Stamped the snowflakes background onto white glossy paper with VersaMark ink then set aside to dry (could use your heat tool to speed up the process).  A ground mask was then fussy cut from masking paper and adhered to the bottom of the panel.  Ink blended Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (DI) next, and wiped off excess ink with a paper towel to complete the technique.  The VersaMark ink stamped image resisted the blended inks.


The snowman pieces were die cut from white cardstock.  The two back body layers were colored with C0/C2 Copic Sketch markers.  The scarf and earmuffs were ink blended with Blueprint Sketch DI using a finger blending brush.  Shaded the nose with a black Polychromos pencil.  Didn’t colour it orange in keeping with the blue monochromatic color scheme.


The JOY sentiment layers were die cut from Bristol and white glitter papers.  The letters were ombré ink blended with all three blue DIs mentioned above to tie it all together.  Die cut JOY two more times from thick white paper and stacked for dimension.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.


And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.