AECP – Easy Ink Blending Techniques

GOOD EVENING FRIENDS! It’s been a beautiful day here in Maryland – temperatures in the 60s, a slight breeze, and lots of sunshine. The windows are wide open and the cats have been sunning themselves all day during their numerous naps. I stopped at a nursery earlier today and looked longingly at the spring flowers, but decided to hold off. I suspect that it’s still too soon to plant the flower boxes in front of the house, but the pansies were really tempting.

I’ve been working on organizing my craft supplies. When you live in a small house built before the invention of closets, organization is a serious challenge. I stopped at Dick Blick this afternoon and purchased a couple of Artbin containers for my Distress Inks, so for the moment they are suitably contained. But I put organization aside for awhile because I really wanted to get in some crafting time today. I’m a participant in the Altenew Educator Certification Program, but I’ve fallen behind for any number of reasons. So this afternoon, I turned off the phone, cleared off a spot on the dining room table, and got to work on a card to complete the Easy Ink Blending Techniques Class.

To create my card, I started with a panel of Neenah 80# cardstock and using my Misti, I stamped the floral image from the You Make Me Happy stamp set in a pale ink. I did this so that I would know where the embossed image would ultimately be placed. I also stamped the floral image a second time on masking paper and fussy cut the image. I placed the mask over the stamped image.

Using Purple Tape, I masked off the edges of the cardstock so that I could create an central focal point. Using the grid on my craft mat, I was able to make sure that the margins on each side were equal and the lines were straight.

Next I started ink blending the background, starting with the lighter colors first. In the bottom left corner, I blended Twisted Citron first and then added Tumbled Glass from the opposite corner. I deepened each corner with Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean.

I removed all the masking for the initial reveal. I placed the panel back into my Misti and restamped the image with Versamark. I covered the ink with gold embossing powder and heat set the image. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Wish Big stamp set with Versafine in Onyx Black. I quickly covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the sentiment.

Prior to assembling my card, I cut the panel with the a die from the Postal Stamp Rectangles set by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I glued a piece of craft foam to the back of the panel to dimension before adhering it to a panel of design paper and the card base. As a finishing touch, I scattered some sequins in a slightly studied and somewhat random manner. I’m still working on the random thing!

Hope you got some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

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Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 110#
Stamps: You Make Me Happy by Altenew; Wish Big by Altenew
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
Dies: Postage Stamp Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Embellishments: Super Fine Embossing Power in Gold by Ranger; Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear by Nuvo; Sequins in Not So Heavy Metal by 28 Lilac Lane.

Spring Blossoms by Honey Bee Stamps

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just finished up another class at Photo Scraps featuring the Spring Blossoms stamps set by Honey Bee Stamps. This set of cards was a lot of fun to design and put together, adding a touch of spring to an all too cold winter.

As some of you know, I’m a frustrated watercolorist, so I’ve been trying to get a watercolor effect using my Copic markers. I blended my colors from light to dark using the side of the brush nib to sweep the color across the petals. I tried to leave some white on each petal to add a highlight and keep the flowers light and airy.

Hope you enjoy the cards!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Stamp: Spring Blossoms by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black
Stencil: Honeycomb Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: B60, B63, B66, RV10, RV11, RV14, YG01, YG05, YG07

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Stamp: Spring Blossoms by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs
Dies: Frilly Frames Lattice by Sunny Studios
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: B60, B63, B66, RV10, RV11, RV14, YG01, YG05, YG07

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Stamp: Spring Blossoms by Honey Bee Stamps; Birthday Greetings by Penny Black Stamps
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black; Distress Oxides in Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed
Dies: Stitch Collage Frame by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Mixed Berry Sequins by 28 Lilac Lane; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: B60, B63, B66, RV10, RV11, RV14, YG01, YG05, YG07

New Class – Spring Blossoms – March 2 & 7, 2019 – Photo Scraps

Get ready for spring with a new Copic / Mixed Media class at Photo Scraps! In this workshop, you’ll complete three cards featuring the Spring Blossoms stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps. Techniques include Copic coloring, stenciling, and ink blending. Details are below. Class size is limited so sign up today! CLASS FEE $28

Photo Scraps
1213 Liberty Road | Eldersburg, MD 21784
phone: 410-549-5187 | web: http://photoscraps.blogspot.com
Saturday March 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, OR
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Please call Photo Scraps at 410-549-5187 to register.

COPIC MARKERS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification.

PLEASE NOTE: Markers will NOT be supplied either by me or Photo Scraps. You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact Photo Scraps in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers or other supplies you’ll need to participate in class.

  • RV10: Pale Pink
  • RV11: Pink
  • RV14: Begonia Pink
  • YG01: Green Bice
  • YG05: Salad
  • YG07: Acid Green
  • B60: Pale Blue Gray
  • B63: Light Hydrangea
  • B66: Clematis

OTHER SUPPLIES: Please bring

  • 3 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills OR Nuvo Blending Sponges)
  • Distress Oxides: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry
  • Wink of Stella in Clear
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Connect Glue by Gina K. Designs or Ranger Multi Medium Matte)
  • Foam tape squares (such as Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3-D Squares)
  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting

Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Just finished up another class at The Queen’s Ink. This month we had some fun with the Potted Primrose stamp set from Power Poppy and embossed backgrounds. Be sure to join us next month for another Copic class featuring the Bloomin’ Wonderful stamp set from Power Poppy.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Cardstock in Atlantic
Stamp: Potted Primroses by Power Poppy; Honeycomb Background by My Favorite Things; Itsy Bitsy Polka Dotted Background by My Favorite Things
Dies: Tag Stacklets 2 by Taylored Expressions; Mixed Media dies by Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Veramark; Versafine in Onyx Black; Delicata in Golden Glitz
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves); B0000, B00, B02, B06 (flowers); Y32, Y38, YG21 (flower centers); BV23 (shadows)


Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic
Stamp: Potted Primroses by Power Poppy; Lined Up Dots Background by My Favorite Things; Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots by My Favorite Things
Dies: Zig Zag Square Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Painted Hello Die by Simon Says Stamp
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Veramark; Distress Oxides in Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, and Worn Lipstick
Embellishments: Ranger Enchanted Gold Embossing Powder; Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear; Honey Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps [retired]
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves); RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66 (flowers); Y32, Y38, YG21 (flower centers); BV23 (shadows)


Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Cardstock in Atlantic
Stamp: Potted Primroses by Power Poppy; Lined Up Dots Background by My Favorite Things
Dies: Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Veramark; Versafine in Onyx Black
Embellishments: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear; 29 Lilac Lane Sequins in Not So Heavy Metal
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves); W1, W3, W5 (pots); B00, B02, RV63, RV66, Y32, Y38 (flowers); E42 (background); BV20 (shadows)

New Class – Hello Primrose – January 29, 2019 – Queen’s Ink

Join me for a new Copic marker class featuring the Potted Primrose stamp set from Power Poppy. In this class, you will make two cards, with emphasis on basic Copic skills such as ink blending. There will also be a bonus card that you can make in class if time permits or take home to make at your convenience. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection.

Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • BV20: Dull Lavender
  • BV23: Grayish Lavender
  • RV52: Cotton Candy
  • RV55: Holly Hock
  • RV63: Begonia
  • RV66: Raspberry
  • Y32: Cashmere
  • Y38: Honey
  • YG03: Yellow Green
  • YG17: Grass Green
  • YG21: Anise
  • YG67: Moss
  • B000: Porcelain Blue
  • B00: Frost Blue
  • B02: Robin’s Egg Blue
  • B06: Peacock Blue
  • E42: Sand White
  • W1: Warm Gray No. 1
  • W3: Warm Gray No. 3
  • W5: Warm Gray No. 5
  • 0: Colorless Blender

OTHER SUPPLIES – Please bring:

  • 3 ink blending tools and clean foam refills (such as Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools / Foam Refills or Nuvo Blending Sponges)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick (can substitute regular Distress Inks)
  • Liquid glue that dries clear (such as Ranger Multi Medium Matte)
  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape
Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy