Fall Seasonal Cards with Masking and Ink Blending

In the handmade cardmaking world, there is so much inspiration and everyday I’m hit with new ideas! I love being a part of it and so for this post, I’m sharing how Crystal inspired me to make these cards. The technique she taught is on her YouTube channel and I’ll link it here and embed it below:

I was intrigued by her DIY paste method but even more so for the masking and ink blending for the background pattern and thought for the holidays this would be a cool technique to try out. Now, I love pattern paper and always will for making quick and easy cards but it’s also nice to make patterns from our craft supplies.

I was thinking about making Fall/Autumn cards as I love the cooler temps and watching the leaves change colors. So, to add my own touch to my cards, I used two Distress Oxide inks to do all my blending and splatter with Distress Paint (I love this stuff!).

So for all my cards, I used purple tape and taped it in 4 strips to mask off part of my card base as in Crystal’s video. This way I would end up with 4 stripes of white and 5 that have a gradient color. For the first card, I was aiming for a gold/brown texture so with my life changing blending brush I started from my bottom where I wanted it to be darkest and then lighter moving up to just the center of the card base. So I pressed a bit harder at the bottom and then I was light handed up to the center.

Next, I worked with the Wild Honey on the top of the card base and made it darker and then gradually lighter down to center to meet up with the Vintage Photo. So basically in the end, the center of my card would be the lightest blending of the two colors and I loved the effect I got!

Thankful for You, Fall 2019 Card Collection - Gold/Brown
Wild Honey from the top down to the center and Vintage Photo from bottom up to the center
Thankful for You, Fall 2019 Card Collection - Orange/Red
Carved Pumpkin from top down to the center and Candied Apple from the bottom up to the center
Lucky Clover for the bottom up to the center and Peeled Paint from the top down to the center.

After doing all the ink blending, I set each card aside to dry. Distress Oxide inks have pigment in them so they don’t dry as quickly as a die ink. And, while that was happening I went to work on the embellishments. I wanted to use flowers and leaves so I looked through my stamp sets and decided to go with the “Looking for the Rainbows” set from Simon Says Stamp and it’s actually included in their September 2019 card kit or you can buy the stamp set with the coordinating dies here or just the stamp set here.

I stamped the flower for each card on some white 80 lb. cardstock as well as the leaves and colored them with my Studio 71 alcohol markers. I really like these markers as it’s not in the budget to buy more Copics…yet. So for the flower petals, I used R2 (edges of the petals), Y11 (inside the petals) and Y9 for the center of the flower and blended it all together with that Y11 which when combined made this beautiful orange coloring that looks so beautiful! For the leaves, I used BG3 and YG2.

After the cards had completely dried, I splattered some Picket Fence Distress Paint over them which added a cool effect and I sprinkled some chunky confetti glitter by Studio Katia on top of the paint splatters to give it a nice shine.

In the Fall season, it’s all about the colors: red, orange, green, brown, gold, yellow which is one of the things I love about it

I fuzzy cut the flowers and leaves and with some double-sided foam tape, added to each card for a little dimension. And, lastly the sentiment comes from WPlus9. Love this stamp set called “So Very…”, the fonts are lovely and artistic. I’m a font lover, yes… I admit it… I stamped “Thankful” across each card and the “for you” I stamped on some card stock from a 6 x 6 assorted pack, cut and glued it on each card and done! All three cards are available for purchase in the Shop here! AND, always with FREE Shipping!

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Fall Seasonal Cards with Masking and Ink Blending