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Easy Fall greeting card technique - Ink Blending

Fall is here, and the crafting season is in full swing! If you're looking for a fun and creative way to make fall greeting cards, ink blending is the perfect technique. Today, we're going to teach you how to use ink blending as an easy fall greeting card technique that anyone can learn. Ink blending is a fantastic way to achieve beautiful backgrounds for your cards - no matter what level crafter or card maker you are! In this tutorial today, we'll go over some of the basics for creating vibrant, colorful fall scenes to make some of your favorite fall greeting cards yet!

Greeting Card Materials:

Required Materials

Optional and Recommended Materials

Fall Ink Blended Greeting Card Instructions

1. Prepare materials and plan design

To get started, gather all of your materials so you have them accessible.

For this project, you will need a Cricut machine to cut out the Cricut files of your stamped images before inking.

Additionally, to prepare for this project, cut your card base and any additional patterned and textured paper to size. Then, plan your design and layout with the loose pieces of paper. Once you have your paper selected and cut to size, using a glue runner, glue your paper layers together and secure onto the folded card base.

2. Start ink blending

With your card base ready to go, we can begin ink blending our fall die cuts. We started with the pumpkin die cut and monarch orange Archival ink pad. Rub the ink blending tool firmly onto the ink pad. Then using a circular motion and light pressure, start blending the ink. For areas you want darker, increase pressure and ink layering.

With the pumpkin as a good practice piece, we will now ink-blend our trees using multiple colors.

We started with Archival ink color vermillion. With this color, we only blended a single section on each tree. Then we used Archival ink Monarch Orange again to blend a sen section on each tree. Finally, use the plum color to shade in the last section of each tree. Now our trees have three blended ink colors and it's feeling like Fall!

We finish the rest of our die cuts using this ink-blending technique. Now that you have had some practice, feel free to use your own creativity and color combos for the rest of the paper die cuts.

Tip: For smaller areas, use the detail blending tool to add more shaded detail and dimension to your design.

3. Stamp the images

Using clear stamps is easy, simply peel your stamp from it backing sheet and place it onto an acrylic stamp block. The photopolymer is slightly tacky, so your stamp can easily stick and be removed from your stamp block.

Second, ink your stamp with the ink pad of your choice. In this project, we are using black Archival ink to stamp our designs. Make sure your stamp is thoroughly and evenly coated with ink. Then with firm and even pressure, place your stamp onto the paper. Do not rock your stamp!

Tip: Be sure to place even pressure in the middle and on the four corners of the stamp block for a crisp stamp impression.

4. Optional: Add additional detail

If you want to take an extra step, add highlights with a white gel pen. This provides an extra touch of detail for a professional look.

5. Assemble the card

You're almost done! You've already planned your layout, now it's time to secure all your pieces. use 3D styrofoam dots to add depth and layering to the elements of your card. Try layering one of your trees on top or layer your greeting! This truly will make your card design pop!

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Now you're ready to ink blend your way to a beautiful and vibrant fall card! Don't forget to follow our blog and socials. Show us your version of this card, or share a new creation with us! Tag us @RubberStamps_com and use #StampWithUS to enter our monthly giveaway! Winners receive a $25 credit to use at our shop!

Popular Greeting for Fall

  • Hello Fall
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  • Sweater Weather
  • Fall Breeze and Autumn Leaves

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