An Amazing and Easy Technique to Create Transparency with Ink Blending

by Norine

Hello, Altenew friends. I think you're going to love this post! As I was creating the steps to arrive at these cards, I was getting more and more excited to share them with you!

This post has been edited to add a video at the end as so many were asking for that.  Enjoy!

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 1 scaledBeyond the beguiling rainbow of visual cotton candy is the fun way to combine the simple shapes of the Versatile Vases 2 Stamp & Die & Mask Stencil Bundle (and 1) in a way that accentuates their “transparency” and the unconventional coloring of the flowers!

Part 1: Stamping and Masking the Vases

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 3 scaledTo begin, I stamped each of the vases in the recently released Versatile Vases 2 Stamp Set onto masking paper and then cut them out, taking care to stamp each vase with enough room around it as to provide both a mask and a stencil. Altenew has mask/stencil sets to go with the Vase stamps, but I didn't have them at hand so I used the masking paper, but it isn't strictly necessary.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 6 scaledThen, I hand cut each vase, keeping the positive shape of the vase intact, as well as the negative part. I set the negative (outside portion) of each masked vase aside while I created arrangements with the masks.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 10 scaledAfter that, I first stamped with Obsidian Pigment Ink the images of the vases I wanted to appear in “front” on my finished design. I used the masks while they were still affixed to my cardstock to help me position the stamps, then removed all three (as in the above example) masks and stamped the two opposite pink and blue vases.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 5 scaledI then replaced the masks for the two stamped images, and going from memory (or a snapshot on my phone as the case may be…) I positioned the “behind” vase on the cardstock. Using a MISTI for this technique is a good idea because it makes the next “double-stamp” technique much easier and less likely to fail.

Part 2: Inking Up the Vases

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 22 scaledMoving on to the 2nd card, but continuing with the description of how I did the vases….I inked up the middle vase stamp and closed the MISTI door, then opened it, removed the masks from the two outside vases, and quickly stamped again while the residual ink on the stamp remained wet and stamp-able.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 25 scaledThe result is a fainter outline of the receding vase seen though the vases in front.

The next step is to add color to the vases. I positioned the “stencil” part of the first vase on the left, around the outside of the stamped shape, and ink blended color onto the vase. Then, I removed the stencil from the first vase and placed the second one around the middle vase and blended a different color onto that vase overlapping color onto the first vase and altering the color as a result. I tried to apply ink more heavily at the bottom of the vases and around the perimeter of the shape, leaving a light “highlight” in the middle of the vase. The Altenew Blending Tools work so well for beautiful, even color coverage!

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 27 scaledI repeated that step with the third vase, overlapping the second vase, and achieving another unique shade as a result of blending one color over another. In the case of the 4-vase card below, I did introduce ink colors specific to the overlap shade just to emphasize that color – for example, the orange, green, and indigo colors “between” the vases. You can repeat this step with as many vases as you can fit onto your canvas, and I have four vases on the next card. (I think a framed piece with a row of all the vases in mixed colors and sizes would be SO cool! Note to self….).

When I had finished arranging and inking these three card panels, I set them aside and moved on to the flowers.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 22 1 scaled

Part 3: Adding the Flowers

For the flowers, I began by stamping many of the blooms and leaves from the Poppy Garden stamp set and the Flower Garden stamp set, onto smooth cardstock that works well with Watercolor Brush Markers.  I chose that paper because it allows the watercolor pigment to blend and flow before drying and absorbing much better than plain white cardstock but still also matching the stamped cardstock it is to be paired with.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 13 scaledMimicking the watercolor painting I did on the florals in this post, I tried to use a rainbow of colors, even though it meant every petal was a different color!  I realize there are no flowers in real life that actually look like these ones, but I feel like the world is a poorer place for it.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 16 scaled

Once all my flowers and leaves were painted and dried, I cut them out.  There are die sets for both the Poppy Garden and Flower Garden stamps, but I don't have them and my scissors needed some exercise.  With a whole array of brightly colored blooms in front of me, I arranged a few to adorn some of the vases, and adhered them in place.  The Poppy Garden set does have a stem you can use to stamp but I thought it was just as quick to draw it in with a marker and use a Frayed Leaf Alcohol Marker to color it in.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 18 scaled

Final Touches

The “thank you for everything” sentiment on the first card is from the Versatile Vases 2 Stamp Set, the “hello” greeting is from the Versatile Vases 1 Stamp Set and the “I have been thinking of you” sentiment is from the Poppy Garden Stamp Set and is stamped on black cardstock with embossing ink and heat set with white embossing powder.

Altenew VersatileVases12 PoppyGarden FlowerGarden 14 scaledFor the vases, I used combinations of Coral Berry, Orange Cream, Warm Sunshine, Green Field, Turquoise, Persian Blue and Hydrangea inks. For the flowers, it was a combination of Ultramarine, Lagoon, Grass Field, Hydrangea, Warm Sunshine, Fuchsia, Aqualicious, and Lime.

Video

Watch a video tutorial sharing this technique below or on our YouTube channel.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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maria f. January 27, 2021 - 09:22

Fabulous effect you’ve achieved, Norine. And the rainbow touch takes it over the top!

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Kimberly Mayes January 27, 2021 - 10:09

I need to hit the lottery. I love all of these cards Nd techniques. This has to be so rewarding for you to design such beautiful cards. The poppy is a favorite flower of mine.

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Cindy C. January 27, 2021 - 10:14

I am loving this post!! Wow the vases look absolutely amazing, and of course the rainbow flowers are just so delightful!

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Maureen Reiss January 27, 2021 - 10:37

Wow!!! These are Amazing!!!

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Theresa January 27, 2021 - 11:56

These flowers and vases are so beautiful the way that you organized and stamped them. Please do a video as I am having trouble visualizing every step. I would love to be able to do this myself. This is genius.

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Norine January 27, 2021 - 16:10

thank you Theresa, a video is coming! Unfortunately I had technical difficulties that prevented me from uploading and posting.

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:52

Hi Theresa, check the post for the video!

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Marilynn d-r January 27, 2021 - 13:28

Wow, what beautiful cards and amazing techniques! Love the colors used, brilliant!

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tara prince January 27, 2021 - 13:40

so fun and beautiful!!

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Pai Meng January 27, 2021 - 14:00

gorgeous! video?

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Norine January 27, 2021 - 16:13

Thanks Pai, one is coming! Please check back for that.

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:53

Hi Pai, a video has been posted!

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Deborah Crivello January 27, 2021 - 14:57

Beautiful images but directions would be much clearer in a video!

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Norine January 27, 2021 - 16:15

Thanks Deborah, you’re absolutely right, and that video is coming soon!

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:54

Hi Deborah, please check for the video!

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Billie Anderson January 27, 2021 - 15:25

Beautiful. Love the transparent feel and the colors. Wonderful cards.

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Patricia E Wilson January 27, 2021 - 16:25

These are beautiful and look like glass. Could you maybe do a video to show us how it is done? That would be great if you could.

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:54

Hi Patricia, I’ve just edited the post to add the video!

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Robin January 27, 2021 - 16:46

I would love to see a video!

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:55

Hi Robin, thank you! I’ve just edited the post to add a video!

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Pam Boedeker January 27, 2021 - 21:43

This technique is a real show stopper! I just ordered the vases so I can try it ASAP.

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Marisela Delgado January 27, 2021 - 23:22

Hola, Norine! It’s Marisela! Girl, these are gorgeous cards and colors! So beautiful!💜💜💜💜

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:55

Hi Marisela, thank you so much!

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Lydia January 28, 2021 - 03:36

way to complicated! a video would show it more easily. Especially for non native speakers.

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:56

Hi Lydia, I’ve just edited the post to add a video!

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Marie Andersson January 28, 2021 - 15:43

Lovely cards but I wish you do a video, all the english steps without pictures (well only the readymade cards) was to much. I´m an non native speaker.

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:57

Hi Marie, I’ve just edited the post to add a video! Hope you like!

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RENA DAVIS January 28, 2021 - 18:39

Love these cards–the vases look very realistic and flowers are beautiful! Looking forward to a step by step video on this particular masking technique. I have not done masking but would love to learn! Thank you for sharing these beautiful designs and techniques, Norine!

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Sharon Gullikson January 29, 2021 - 10:35

These are so pretty. I would LOVE to know how to make them. I appreciate the written instructions, and tried to follow them, but just couldn’t. Is it possible that you will do a video about this? I can follow most instructions for cards, because they are pretty obvious. But this one is difficult. You probably don’t have time, or desire, to do a video, but I thought I would ask just in case. The technique is no doubt transferable to other stamp sets, so it would be really helpful to Altenew stampers since we have vases of flowers we would love to stamp :)

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:57

Hi Sharon, thanks for your feedback! I’ve just edited the post to add a video!

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Ann Taylor January 30, 2021 - 02:11

Gorgeous! I tried to duplicate it and was pleased with the results. Thanks for sharing your talents!

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Norine January 30, 2021 - 19:58

Thanks Ann! I’m so happy to hear that!

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Ishani S February 1, 2021 - 23:08

Loved the video! Norine your ideas, the colors.. wow. You are so gifted and so kind to share your talent with us.

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Cathy Lillie February 10, 2021 - 01:51

I really appreciated the video! Your cards are absolutely beautiful!

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