Friday, September 8, 2017

Ink Blending & Die Cut Masking

Hey folks!

I have lots of folks that are on my mind. Hurricanes and fires (one of the largest in my state is about 10 miles from my house right now) abound and I truly hope that everyone is going to be ok. 

So... I'm back today to share a card and video with you all! I wanted to do something a little different for todays card. I decided to do a different type of coloring. Instead of Copic's, I show how I use ink blending and masking to make my scene.

If you're interested in any of the products I've used, I have links (some affiliate links) throughout and at the end of the post. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

I get the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Card Kit every month. I. Love. Them. I think the value and the theme of their kits are second to none. 
If you're interested in watching the video on how I make this you can go HERE or click on the picture below.

I started with Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, because I knew that I would be using Distress Inks for my ink blending. You could use any paper you like as well any dye inks, but I really love the way Distress Inks blend and layer in ink blending. The Distress Paper also lends well to ink blending lots and lots of inks.
I took the large frame die from the MMH Kit and used it to die cut a mask from Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper. I chose this masking paper, because I like that it has just enough tack that the paper stays in place, but it doesn't feel like you need an army to get it off your paper without tearing it.

After I had my mask in place, I placed the moon stamp on my panel and lightly marked my panel with a pencil so I would have an idea wear to do keep my ink blending the lightest.  The idea is to choose where you are ink blending the lightest and darkest so when the mask is pulled off and the rest of the card is finished, this portion of the card will stand out on it's own.

Using a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool, I started by blending Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China. For this, I'm just giving myself a guide, so that I can be sure to give myself plenty of highlight for the stamping.

After the Broken China, I used Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet and Black Soot. The Black Soot really is the ticket for reinforcing that everything inside the masking will be separate from the rest of the ink blending on the card.

After the Black Soot, I worked my way back to the Broken China. With each color, I would take it a little further toward the center than the last color. I was still sure to keep quite a bit of highlight.

When that was done, I removed my masks and did ink blending on the rest of the panel with the same colors. Lightest to darkest, then darkest to lightest. This time it was even more important to leave enough white around the clouds. I wanted them to look like they had their own glow so to speak.

For both cards, I used Hero Arts Black Dye Ink for the moon and on each card I used Versamark Ink and Hero Arts Gold and Silver Embossing Powder.

To finish them off I added some Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Glitter Pen to the moon and just around the inside where the masking was. One thing to note, is the Spectrum Noir Pen has a water base and Distress Ink are water based. If you decided to so this, don't scrub on the ink blending, it will move your ink blending around. Just give the panel little love taps with the pen.

I left off embellies, because I didn't like anything I played around with, but you totally could!

That's it! Easy peasy.

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Until next time!


  1. Cyndi
    I have no idea how I happened upon your YouTube but I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you for the inspiration. Your scene building is a m a z I n g!!!!

  2. Oh my gosh! What a dipstick. Sorry I misspelled your name 😖

    1. Thank you so much Kathy! I'm so glad you like it! Don't worry about my name. It's an odd spelling and some folks even call me Clyde. Yet my mom calls me Suze. :)


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