How to Blend Ink

How to blend ink on a stamp.

I was recently asked to make a layered stamped card. Using a blended ink technique for the sentiment, I thought I would share my process here for how to blend the ink and then stamp it. I really like the subtle blend and it worked well as a background for my stamped sentiment. I am sure to use more ink blending in the future, how about you?


  • stamping block
  • large flat stamp
  • water spray bottle
  • cotton swab
  • ink pads (I used 5)
  • card stock

Video Tutorial:

blended and stamped

You don’t have to spritz with water but I think it helped with the ink blending. And the cotton swab technique is a lifesaver, I am so glad I stumbled upon that technique!

Finally, I cut out a square shape from my stamped image and used it on the card at the top of the post.

How to Reverse a Stamped Image

Quick and easy mirror a stamped image.

I know a lot of crafters want to flip a stamped image. It seems like when you have a stamp facing one direction, you find a way you want to use it the reverse direction, but how do you accomplish that? I found a simple, easy way with a tool I already had in my collection.


  • stamp
  • ink pad
  • Gelli plate
  • cardstock

Video Tutorial:

When you use this technique, the reverse image is a bit lighter but when colored in, the difference isn’t as noticeable.

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A New Technique with Rinea Ghost Ink 2.0

This month over on the Rinea Blog, I am sharing a stamping technique using the new Ghost Ink 2.0. My video tutorial shares how the Ghost Ink works as well as a technique I am showing stamping on top of it. 

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