Flower Shop | Diffused Ink Blending Technique

Hello friends! Daily life as we know it has definitely changed for many of us as we navigate this Coronavirus and Covid 19 Pandemic. From changes to our daily routines and activities to more drastic changes such job loss or even the loss of a loved one, it is impacting so many of us.  It has hit me in a way I never expected, but I'm taking it one day at a time and trying to look at all the wonderful things I still have to be grateful for in my life. One of them is doing what I love and that is creating and making.


Today, I'm sharing a card I created for Tim Holtz using some of his stamps from Stampers Anonymous. This card features the Diffused Ink Blending Technique. I came across this technique through a video by Laura Jane that you can view here. I've applied this technique to the Flower Shop Stamp Set and used it to create a background for my card.

For the Diffused Ink Blending Technique you will need a stamping platform, a selection of Distress Inks and at least one finger tip sponge dauber for each color family.  I recommend using these kind of blenders for this project because they are smaller and will allow you to apply the ink to smaller areas on the stamp. For this rose image from the Flower Shop Stamp Set I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry for the flowers with a bit of Squeezed Lemonade. For the leaves I used Crushed Olive and Forest Moss.

I began by applying the darkest shade of ink using the sponge dauber to the areas on the stamp that are the shadow. I then stamped the image. If the ink needed to be darker, I repeated the ink application and restamped. I then added the next lighter color to the middle areas and finally the lightest color to the highlighted areas. The main thing to keep in mind is that each time you add color you're not covering the entire stamp or image area. You're only putting the ink in the area you want that color. For a bit of a pop on the edges of the flowers I added some Squeezed Lemonade. For the leaf areas I did the same thing and applied the darkest color to the shadows and the lightest color to the highlights.

I moved the stamp around on paper and repeated the Diffused Ink Blending Technique until I had covered the paper.  For added interest, I used the same technique with a text stamp. On this I used Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

To finish the card, I added some ink splatters. For the ink splatters I stamped the ink pads onto my glass mat, spritzed them with water, picked up the ink with a paint brush and then flicked it onto the paper. I then inked the edges of the card front with Spun Sugar. I then layered the entire piece onto a piece of cardstock inked with Crushed Olive Distress Ink. I just love how you can create perfect coordinating papers with a little ink blending! I then finished off the card with a sentiment from the Tiny Text Stamp Set using Peeled Paint Archival Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning about the Diffused Ink Blending Technique. What stamp set would you use this technique with?


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