Video: Lydia’s Crafty Corner- Ink Blending 3 Ways

by Lydia Evans

Hi there everyone and happy Friday! Lydia here with you today. I will be sharing with you 3 cards each using a different tool to add an ink blended background.

DSC02172I have used the same ink colors (Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon, and Galactic Stream) on each of the backgrounds to show the difference between the 3 different tools.

First Card

The first card uses a long bristled stencil brush – this gives a softer look. I believe you could get a darker, more intense look if you layered up the inks more, but if you're after a very soft look this may be the ink blending tool you are looking for.

Second Card

The second card uses a traditional ink blending tool. The colors on this look very bright and vibrant and the blending was pretty easy too.

DSC02174Third Card

Finally, I used a soft bristled make-up brush. I was so happy with the blending using this tool! The colors are bright and vibrant and it took less time to get beautiful blending than the traditional blending tool.

Once I had all of the panels blended, I then added some splatters with clean water. As our inks are water-based the water slightly bleaches the ink, giving it an interesting effect. I also added some splatters using Iridescent and Pure White Ink Sprays.

DSC02175For the focal images, I used the Potted Plants Stamp Set. I stamped the tops using a mix of Parrot, Olive, and Moss Inks (you can see how I got the beautiful blending on these in the video below) and the pots using Jet Black Ink. Once these were stamped up, I then die cut them using the coordinating dies. The sentiments come from the same stamp set and were stamped onto a strip of Jet Black Cardstock using Embossing Ink and then heat set using Pure White Embossing Powder.

To see how these cards came together, please watch the video below or over on our YouTube Channel:

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you again real soon!

S lydia 1


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Galactic Stream Crisp Dye Ink
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Luanne Ford March 29, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Beautiful! These would make a lovely hostess gift! Gonna try that makeup brush one!!

Teresa Doyle March 29, 2019 - 11:54 AM

These are absolutely beautiful Lydia and I love how you stamped the plants, a lovely effect.

Helen March 29, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Thanks for sharing these three ways to blend colors and your observations about the results. It’s always helpful to have comparisons of various techniques. Your finished cards are simply lovely. tfs

Somaiya March 29, 2019 - 12:52 PM

I would have never used those colors together so this is very inspiring to see. The makeup brushes are seriously so amazing to use and the cleanup with them is so easy and the blending is so smooth that this is going to be the inkers’ fav for sure (it is my fav now). Thank you for the tutorial.

Linda Huffman March 29, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Beautiful cards! Blending makes them ultraa pretty!

Cheryl Outhier March 29, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Lydia, these are lovely! The blending is just seamless! I too have those makeup brushes and have been using them for my Pan Pastels as well, getting great results. I’ll have to dive into the inks now!!

Tricia Podmore March 30, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Cool cards! Love the stamps you used. Wonderful inspiration.

Henriëtte March 30, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Gorgeous cards Lydia and a very interesting video with the different ink blending tools. Thank you so much for that.

Patt H. April 6, 2019 - 7:33 PM

So pretty, Lydia, & I so appreciate your video showing all three blending tools! Thank you so much!


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