INK BLENDING MAGIC: Transform Your Card Designs with This SIMPLE Technique!

by Erum Tasneem

Hello, everyone! It's Erum here, back with another exciting project and a VIDEO for the Creative Coloring with Erum video series. Today, I am sharing my go-to color palette and ink blending technique that I use whenever I am stuck in a crafty rut. I have tried this with alcohol markers, colored pencils, and watercolors, but I find it easiest to handle with inks.

Ink Blending Magic!

INK BLENDING MAGIC: Transform Your Card Designs with This SIMPLE Technique!

  1. Stamp the smaller image from the Billowing Peonies Stamp Set on Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock in Embossing Ink, cover with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set.
  2. Use coordinating stencils to color the image.  Place stencil 8s and ink blend Pink Pearl, Rubellite, and Deep Iris Crisp Dye Inks with a Small Blending Tool. Tip: Keep the pressure of your hand light for light inking. This technique also limits the number of inks you will use. The ink blending that I will be doing today will not be one solid color, which makes it interesting. I call it transitional inking; it flows from one color to the next. So, when you color the other two flowers, make sure to add inking differently. You can skip one color and add just two to one flower. (watch the video for reference)
  3. Next, I will use the 9s stencil, line up the flower centers, and repeat the same inking process using the same colors but increasing the pressure of my hand slightly This time, I will use the Mini Blending Brushes to apply inks. Pro Tip: Don't worry about applying the same color inks to the same places as before. This creates a beautiful pop and variation. Don't overthink when doing this; you will see how gorgeous and organic your result looks if you try to just go with the flow.
  4. Using the same stencil 9s, just rotating it, I will ink up the flower centers with Dark Night Crisp Dye Ink.
  5. Next, using stencil 10s, I will again repeat the same ink blending moving along the areas and applying ink with a heavy hand. I will go over some areas to add pops of purple and peach.
  6. Rotating the same stencil, now I will switch to darker inks, using Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink in place of Pink Pearl, Razzleberry Crisp Dye Ink in place of Rubellite, and by mistake, I picked up Dark Night with my purple blending brush, which resulted in a very very dark, layer. But I made it work by adding that dark pigment selectively to petals closer to the flower centers or where there would be shadows. I did this with a light hand as Dark Night Crisp Dye Ink pigment is quite dark.
  7. Placing the 11s stencil, I will use Dark Night to ink up the flower centers, and for the leaves, I will apply ink with a heavy hand to the base of the leaves, keeping the tips light.Altenew Billowing Peonies Gracious Peonies 2wm
  8. To add the layers, I will place the 12s stencil and add the Dark Night Crisp Dye Ink with a heavy hand.
  9. I will also heat emboss another flower, this time from the Build-A-Garden Pristine Peonies Stamp, and ink it up like I did the other image.
  10. Once done, use the coordinating dies to cut the images and set them aside.
  11. For the background, I used cream-colored cardstock cut to 4″ x 7″. I used the Artist’s Watercolor Tubes to add a light abstract color wash using similar tones as used on the flowers. I just randomly added colors but kept this super light. Most of the panel will be hidden anyway.
  12. While the background was drying, I used the gold watercolor from the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set and the finest brush from the Fine Watercolor Brush Set to add random dots to the image.
  13. Next, I added fine black paint splatters with Jet Black Ink Spray to the card front.
  14. Then I adhered the images with Instant Dimension Foam Tape and cut off the excess overhanging pieces.
  15. Then, using the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set, I went ahead and added some gold splatters, too, and a bit of watercolor on the background to give it a gilded look.
  16. To finish, I added Antique Gold Sequins.

You can watch the video by clicking the image below or on YouTube.

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If you try this technique, don't forget to come back here and leave a link to your creation or tag us! We would love to check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Pai Meng June 2, 2024 - 9:21 PM


Altenew June 4, 2024 - 9:33 PM

Thank you!


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