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?

Materials:

  • 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.

Materials:

  • 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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Making Embossed Earrings with Maker’s Movement

I absolutely love the detail in these earrings. I wasn’t sure if I could emboss faux leather but I gave it a try and it turned out fabulously! I stamped an image onto the faux leather, applied embossing powder, and then heat set it. I was really impressed! I actually ended up making two pairs of earrings. Check out the how-to video below.

Materials:

  • faux leather *
  • Versamark ink
  • stamp
  • embossing powder
  • heat gun
  • soda can
  • dies *
  • Mini Maker *
  • super glue
  • jewelry making tools *
  • jewelry jump rings and ear wires *
  • silver paint pen

The items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by Maker’s Movement.

Video Directions:


smaller pair of earrings

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 Gold paint pen
Gold paint pen
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Beach Shadowbox with Makers Movement

Oh, how I want to visit the beach, sand in my toes, playing in the water. It is such a fantastic summer activity. Since I can’t go, I made this shadowbox to remind me of how fun it can be. This shadowbox can be placed on a shelf as a decor item or as a Christmas tree ornament. Wouldn’t it be fun to send to a friend that also loves the beach? Thanks to Maker’s Movement for sending me the stamp and die set, Beach Vibes to use with this project. 


Beach Vibes

Materials:

  • Mini Maker Die Cut Machine
  • Beach Vibes – stamp and die set
  • black stamp pad
  • stamping block
  • Spectrum Noir markers
  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • white cardstock
  • Marabu fabric spray
  • double stick tape
  • foam tape squares

Directions:

I began with a box I made using a past tutorial here. [picture frame SVG]


Using the stamps, I stamped onto white cardstock.


Then I colored the images with alcohol ink markers. 


Using a bit of washi tape, I placed the dies and sent them through the Mini Maker from Maker’s Movement.


And here are the pieces all cut-out.


I used Fashion Spray from Marabu and a torn piece of cardstock to color the frame.


Using double-stick tape, I placed the castle into the frame.


Next, I cut a bit of the bottom of the bucket and placed it in the frame with foam tape to lift it up.
I used a double layer of foam squares.

The other shapes were placed with double-stick tape. 


And here is the finished piece.

Do you have a favorite beach? Let me know in the comments.

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Westcott 14849 8
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Spectrum Noir Markers
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Intense Black Ink Pad
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Double Sided Tape
Double-Sided Tape
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Marabu Fashion Spray
Marabu Fashion Spray
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Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Markers
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Intense Black Ink Pad
Intense Black Ink Pad
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SSS
Double Sided Tape
Double-Sided Tape
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Marabu Fashion Spray
Marabu Fashion Spray
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Creating a Fun Layered Tag with Maker’s Movement

I am sharing how I made this layered tag using Maker’s Movement products. The dies, the stamps, even the die cutting machine are all from Maker’s Movement. I like the different patterns of the paper layered on top of each other. The tag die set comes with a variety of different sizes, I used the three smaller dies. This tag would pair nicely with a gift from the kitchen for someone special as well as a great way to say thank you with an edible gift!

This post and photos may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. If you purchase something through any link, I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Any supplies used may be given to me free of charge, however, all projects and opinions are my own.

Materials:


To finish off the tag, I added a sheer ribbon and used a white paint pen to fill in the icing on the cupcake and a black marker to add cute quote marks around the saying.

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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How to Use a Wreath Builder for Stamping

The above image might not look like much but it is actually a wreath building template for stamping. You will use one stamp and stamp it multiple times in a circular fashion and the template will help you get that done. It will make so much more sense when you watch the video tutorial linked below.

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Materials:

Directions:


Download the free SVG file linked above and load it into Design Space.
Decide the width you desire and adjust as needed. (see video for details)
 


Use your personal cutting machine to cut the template. 

video tutorial