Lydia’s Crafty Corner – Selective Ink Blending

by Lydia Evans

Hello everyone and happy Friday! It's Lydia here. Today I will be sharing two different ways to do selective ink blending on all of your paper-crafting projects!

DSC01201DIY Mask/Stencil

The first way is to create your own DIY mask and stencil. To do this I took a piece of acetate the same size as my card base. I then adhered some of the dies from Halftone Hearts Nesting Die Set into place using some Altenew Glue Tape. I then laid this acetate with the dies attached on top of a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock (I cut this 3 times, one to use for my inking and the other two will be used on the cards later on).

Once I had die cut the panel, I kept all of the pieces and these will be my DIY stencil and masks. I placed the DIY stencil (the panel with the hearts cut into it) over a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white cardstock panel and inked through the hearts. To make sure I didn't add color into the wrong hearts, I added the die-cut hearts back into place and removed them when I wanted to ink that heart. I added Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, and Lagoon Inks for the teal hearts, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, and Rubellite Inks for the pink hearts and Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, and Maple Yellow for the yellow hearts.

DSC01202Simple Covering

For the second card, I used a simple covering technique. I first added the DIY stencil from before and drew the hearts into place on a panel of white cardstock, I then removed the stencil. Then I used pieces of scrap paper to go around the heart I was to ink, holding them in place with a little washi tape. Before I inked the space I had masked off, I erased the pencil lines as I find it easier to do it before inking. I then inked the heart as before, this technique gives a larger area to ink but does make it easier to add the die-cut panel later on. Once one heart is complete, repeat the process until all the hearts are done.

DSC01204vOnce both of the panels had been inked, I splattered on some water and Pure White Ink Spray to add a little interest to the ink blending. When these were dry, I added these to the card bases using glue tape. I went back to the extra die-cut card panels I cut at the start and added a sentiment to each using Halftone Hearts Stamp Set and Jet Black Ink. All that was left to do then was to add foam tape to the back of the die-cut panels and adhere then over the die cut panels.

For a video on how these cards came together, please check out the video below or over on our YouTube Channel:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Halftone Hearts Bundle
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Halftone Hearts Nesting Die Set
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Pink Diamond Crisp Dye Ink
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Fresh Lemon Crisp Dye Ink
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Maple Yellow Crisp Dye Ink
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Pure White Ink Spray
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3 Pack Glue Tape
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1 comment

Liz O September 29, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Love the video and the technique! Thanks for the inspiration!


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