Mixing Ink Splattering and Blending

I love getting inspiration from other cardmakers and in fact watching a bunch of video tutorials was how I got my start. There’s many things about this industry that I love and one is that there’s never a shortage of new techniques or tips to try. Sometimes, I even forget about using different methods that I used to love to do. That’s what inspired this post today.

I like following Crystal Thompson Designs on YT, she does a lot with watercolor and ink blending to make CAS cards (my specialty too) + because she does a lot of the work off camera, her videos are usually not long. The video below is the one that I knew I wanted to try! If the video doesn’t play, click here to watch on YT!

When I get inspired by a technique or method, oftentimes I try to use the products suggested but sometimes that’s just not possible. For my cards, I used an array of distress traditional inks for both the ink splattering and blending. I don’t have the stamp set Crystal used so I just used what was in my stash. And I made a boat load of cards in different colors! Check em out!

Broken China

Broken China + Mustard Seed

Spiced Marmalade

Picked Raspberry

Dusty Concord

Candied Apple

Mustard Seed

I started with Canson watercolor paper and using each color separately with water and splattering color with my Arteza watercolor brush all over the paper using an acrylic block and let them all dry. The watercolor paper is so nice to use because there was no curling afterwards + this paper is so affordable!

Next, I die cut my frames with Waffleflower Crafts stamp set/coordinating die on 130 lb. white cardstock. I wanted it have some weight and strength as it was to go over the watercolor paper for my card panels. After I die cut the frames, I brought out my Nuvo blending brush and blending from the right corners up and the left corner down so that I would get the ombre effect.

With the stamp set, I decided on “You are my Sunshine” and stamped it on the centers of the dies. The watercolor paper I trimmed down to just under A2 size and glued them onto my 100 lb. white cardstock. Then, I glued the frames on top and all done! It was fun because of how simple these were to make and I can offer a variety of colors!


Mixing Ink Splattering and Blending

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Mixing Ink Splattering and Blending