Ink Blending Tutorial with Peaceful Poppies and Beautiful World. Did you see project last week that gave an introduction to getting a smooth ink application by adding a little Glycerine to a sponge dauber? If you missed it, you can see it HERE. Today I am taking the same basic idea and adding lots more colours using a large mask. The mask was cut from a piece of the white backing board we get in Designer Series Paper packs using one of the Rectangle Stitched Dies. I should mention here that someone left a really great suggestion on my last Tutorial video. They suggested that I should use a piece of Window Sheet for the mask, so I could clean it between colours. I did try to cut the mask using Window Sheet, but I found it really difficult to get a clean cut, our window sheet is just so good. It may be worth trying with a lighter plastic, maybe from some wrapping.
The Prepared Card
The card I had prepared before the video uses lots of bright colours (see the product list for full details) in a rainbow order. moving from Gorgeous Grape to Poppy Parade for a fun effect. As the final colour was Poppy Parade, it felt right to use the Peaceful Poppies stamp set, and the poppies on a stem image. With careful placement, I managed to stamp the poppy head on the join between Poppy Parade and Pumpkin Pie, leaving the leaves over the Granny Apple Green. OK, I admit it, it was actually pure luck it worked that way!
Peaceful Poppies is an images only stamp set, so pulled one from the Many Mates sentiment set. This has a selection of fonts, and so many great sentiments for both the outside and the inside of the card. If you need a sentiment set, I strongly recommend this one. I chose a sentiment with a really clean and simple font. Using a simple font means you ware less likely to be distracted from the main image.
The Tutorial Card
The card I made in today’s video uses all the same principles of smooth ink blending. This time I used some softer colours, but with a pop of Melon Mambo, just to make sure the recipient notices the blend. This time I used the Beautiful World stamp set, which has its own sentiments. I chose ‘Life’s a beautiful journey’ and added the quill pens so it looked like the pen had written the sentiment. Is this too Harry Potter?
Getting a really smooth blend is just so easy with the addition of the tiniest amount of Glycerine. If you struggle getting a smooth blend, why not pick a bottle up next time you are in the super market. In out local area it is in the baking aisle, but your local Chemists will probably have some too.
I hope you try this way of ink blending and that it makes a difference to the results you get. A few people have asked if I use the same sponge daubers all the time, or if I have some with, and some without Glycerine. I just use the same ones for everything and have had some of them for over 3 years, so unless you are very rough with them, they should last a long time. The tiny amount of Glycerine you have on the dauber will not effect the ink pad either.
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For International A4 Card
Standard A6 Cardbase
First Mat – 5-5/8 x 3-7/8” (14.4 x 10cm)
Second Mat – 5-1/2 x 3-3/4” (14.2 x 9.8cm)
Third Mat – 5-3/8 x 3-5/8″ (13.9 x 9.5cm)
For Letter Sized Card (8-1/2 x 11″)
Standard Card Base (half sheet folded in half to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″)
First Mat – 4 x 5-1/4″
Second Mat – 5-1/8 x 3-7/8″
Third Mat – 5 x 3-3/4″
Nail Varnish Colours
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