Ink blending is one of those skills that is really useful for cardmakers. It can be the easiest, and best way, to colour match a project. And with all the different finishes and textures possible it’s a brilliant way to make your cards completely unique. I’ve been a fan of ink blending since I first discovered it, but it can be tricky to get right. Luckily, the fourth course in the Altenew Educator Certification Program focuses on this exact topic..
My Easy Ink Blending Card
When I’m making a card with ink blending techniques, I often work out which colours I’m going to use for the main feature, or ‘focal point’ of my card before I choose the background colour. That was I can get it to tie in nicely. For this card I decided to use the Altenew Sweet Nothings Stamp and Die Set. I chose both the blooms to make a central feature and decided I wanted to watercolour them with a red or pink hue.
I stamped both the blooms once each, and the leaves several times, onto Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Cardstock. The ink I used was the Spectrum Noir Watermark Translucent which is perfect for embossing because it stays wet for longer. I sprinkled it with Opaque Bright White embossing powder from WOW! which is one of my favourite powders, then heat set it with my heat tool.
I used a plastic sheet and dabbed some Altenew Crisp Inks Ruby Red onto it and mixed with a little water to get a faux watercolour paint. I painted the flowers with the red and then applied the same technique to the leaves. This time I used the Altenew Crisp Inks Frayed Leaf but I mixed it with a little dab of Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters because that was the colour I was planning to ink blend on my background.
With the flowers and leaves done and set to one side, I took a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and die cut a stitched rectangle 4.25″ x 5.5″. I used one of my blending brushes to build up colour from the base of the card.
When the ink was all blended, I splattered it with clean water to create some interest. The distress inks are water reactive so they work really well for this technique. I die cut all of the flowers and leaves and got ready to assemble them on the card. I decided at this point that I hadn’t achieved enough depth with the colours and watercolouring, so I added more shading using my Spectrum Noir Colorblend pencils.
I adhered the card front panel to the white card base using double sided foam tape. I applied more double sided tape on the back of the flowers and leaves and then arranged them in the centre of the card panel to make a feature. I heat embossed the ‘text me anytime’ sentiment from the same stamp set onto black cardstock and attached it to the card, before completing the look with a few black sequins.
My Ink Blending Journey with Altenew
This class with Altenew was especially fun and the perfect chance to use my new Sweet Nothings stamp and die set. It was great to watch the Altenew instructors show us their favourite techniques for ink-blending, and they definitely reminded me of a few skills I’d forgotten since I started cardmaking a few years ago. If you haven’t taken this class, you definitely should!
I’m going to use the Sweet Nothings stamp set again pretty soon – I have a whole pad full of ideas for it. I would love to see your cards using it too, so if you’d like to share some inspiration with me just pop the hashtag #fionagallowaydesigns onto your Instagram post so I can see it.