Card Videos, Mail Art

Center Ink Blending with Stencils

Happy Friday, all! :) Today I wanted to create something with the adorable Hey Pretty Kitty and The Snuggle is Real stamp sets from The Greeting Farm. I’ve had these in my stash for a few months and recently “unearthed” them (anyone else’s craft room out of control? LOL!). I thought the smaller people images in the stamp sets would be perfect for some center ink blending! And adding stencils into the mix adds some patterns and interest, too.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

Before creating the ink blended backgrounds, I created the elements to go on top (so I could get the spacing right on the card front). I stamped one image from each stamp in black Copic-friendly ink on white cardstock, and then colored the images using Copic markers. Then I die cut each image using the Hey Pretty Kitty and The Snuggle is Real coordinating die sets.

To get the placement of the greeting just right, I placed each die cut onto the card bases and then stamped the greetings in the same black ink. Then I marked where the die cuts would eventually be adhered, and started blending using different Tim Holtz Distress Inks (see the exact colors below). The used two stencils to add patterns to the blending as well–the Radiant Stencil from Simon and the Square Dance Stencil (also from Simon).

While I had the stencils and inks out, I also created envelopes to go with each card. See this page for info on the vintage postage stamps I used.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

The Greeting Farm Hey Pretty Kitty stamp set
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The Greeting Farm Hey Pretty Kitty dies
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The Greeting Farm The Snuggle Is Real stamp set
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The Greeting Farm The Snuggle Is Real dies
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*Simon Says Stamp Radiant stencil
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*Simon Says Stamp Square Dance stencil
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MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
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*MISTI bar magnet
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 110 lbs, 25 sheets
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, 110 lb. cover, 250 sheets
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*Inkon3 Black Out Hybrid Ink
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Copic Markers
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Sizzix Big Shot, White/Gray
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Scor-Pal Scor-Buddy scoring board
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Simon Says Stamp Teflon Bone Folder
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Simon Says Stamp Grid Transparency
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Tonic Easy Clean Mat
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3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool Refills
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Stormy Sky
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Chipped Sapphire
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Seedless Preserves
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Picked Raspberry
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Wilted Violet
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Neenah Solar White Envelopes
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Vintage Postage Stamps
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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