Create Custom Color Ink Blends feat. Bouquet of Poppies | Craft to the Future!

by Michelle

Welcome to Craft to the Future! In this new blog series, we bridge the past with the future, igniting creativity and innovation along the way! As we celebrate Altenew's remarkable 10th anniversary, we are thrilled to introduce this series of blog posts that promise to breathe new life into your beloved crafting supplies and share celebratory card inspiration with our newer products!

Hello there, Michelle here with Terrific Tags with Michelle and another edition of Craft to the Future. Today, I am creating a tag using custom color ink blends featuring the new 8″ x 11″ Bouquet of Poppies set.

Custom Color Ink Blends feat. Bouquet of Poppies

Bouquet of Poppies

This magnificent & huge floral set was exclusively designed to celebrate Altenew's 10 years in the crafting industry! The exquisite 8″ x 11″ Bouquet of Poppies Stamp Set harmonizes the elegance of flowers with the power of words, empowering you to unleash your creativity with vibrant hues. Featuring a medley of blooming wonders, a graceful butterfly, and versatile sentiments, this set unlocks a boundless realm of possibilities for crafting your mesmerizing masterpieces. The 7″ x 7″ Bouquet of Poppies Layering and Coloring Stencil Set (8 in 1) seamlessly complements the enchanting Bouquet of Poppies Stamp Set. Infuse these exquisite florals with vibrant hues and witness the artistry unfold.

How to Create Custom Color Ink Blends Easily

I started off my tag by die cutting two Terrific Tag Dies from Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock. I am using one for the front of the tag and one for the back.

I took the large poppy image from Bouquet of Poppies Stamp Set and holding it up, placed the tag behind. This is the great thing about clear stamps, you can see where you are going to stamp and make sure the positioning is correct before you stamp!

I then placed it onto the Stampwheel, picked up the stamp with the top flip plate and because of the sticky mat, the tag was held in place. I inked up the stamp using Obsidian Pigment Ink and stamped it on to the tag.

I placed the tag onto a Sticky Mat, so that it stayed in place while adding the color on top.

Custom Color Ink Blends feat. Bouquet of Poppies

I took the Bouquet of Poppies Layering and Coloring Stencil Set and placed each stencil, one by one, on to the sticky mat. The sticky mat not only holds the tag in place, but the stencils too!

Ink Blending with Custom Colors

I started off my ink blending by applying Citrus Burst (Pocketful of Sunshine Fresh Dye Ink Collection) around the edges of the petals using a Micro Blending Brush. I then blended a little Rouge (Red Sunset Fresh Dye Ink Collection) to the center of the petals. To blend the two colors together, I used Maple Yellow (Pocketful of Sunshine Fresh Dye Ink Collection).

This gave the most beautiful orange shade in the center. Whilst this can be achieved with simply using an orange color ink, I think there is something lovely about creating your own custom colors with ink blending!

To finish the petals, I added a little Crimson (Red Sunset Fresh Dye Ink Collection) to the centers of the petals to darken them up a little. For the leaves, I used Green Valley Fresh Dye Inks (Firefly, Grass Field and Shadow Creek). There is another stencil layer for the leaves, but I decided to just use the base layer today.

Custom Color Ink Blends feat. Bouquet of Poppies

Combining the New with the Old

Since I used a new stamp set for the image on my tag, I wanted to bust out a few classics for the sentiment.

I took the older Fancy Thanks Die and die cut it three times from white cardstock. I adhered them one on top of another to create a dimensional sentiment. It was adhered to the tag using liquid glue.

I took a sub-sentiment from the older Sentiments & Quotes Stamp Set and stamped it onto black cardstock using Embossing Ink. I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut into a strip and adhered to the tag using Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

I adhered the other tag to the back of the stamped tag using Glue Tape and then threaded twine through the top, before tying in a bow.

I hope I have inspired you to try creating custom color ink blends, as well as combing new products with old! You can watch the full process video by clicking on the photo below or watch it in HD on YouTube.

Do you like creating your own custom colors through ink blending? Let me know in the comment section below!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day!


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1 comment

Becky Gregory April 21, 2024 - 5:17 PM

This is so beautiful!


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