Ink blending is something I struggled with when I first started cardmaking. I remember looking cards that others were posting and getting so frustrated that mine just didn’t look as good. Now, after 11 years, I’m comfortable enough with my blending abilities to share everything I’ve learned about what helps, what tools work best, and tips and tricks that have helped me over the years. Today’s video is a LONG one, but it’s full of information especially helpful for beginners all about ink blending! You can watch the entire video below!
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Ink blending takes practice, first and foremost. However, there are a few things you can do to make it a bit easier for you. The first, start by blending through stencils. Breaking up the background with stencils can make the blending less intimidating, but it also helps give the illussion of a better blend by breaking up the blended area with white space!
A few more things that are going to help you get the best blend are paper and ink choices. You want to blend on a smooth cardstock without a lot of texture or “tooth” and I would highly suggest starting with a dye ink for blending. I like the Catherine Pooler ink pads, but I started with the Mini Distress ink pads and they are much more budget friendly and work just as well! And paper wise, I use the Michael’s brand heavy weight white cardstock, but so many crafters also recommend the Bristol Smooth cardstock for ink blending. So if you’re still struggling try switching up your ink or paper and see if you get better results.
Ok, now the big one – tools. There are SO MANY tools on the market and it’s hard to know which one is right for you. Then mix in specialty blending tools and it gets even more confusing. I’m sorry to say that there isn’t a way to know which tool is going to be right for you until you try it. This can become expensive, I get it, but in the video above I go over what ways I use each tool, what they’re good for, and how I use them! So hopefully that can help you narrow it down!
There is soo much to ink blending and I know I didn’t cover everything, so if you have a favorite tool I didnt cover, or a favorite ink or paper, or just a tip or trick that has worked for you please share it! I truly believe we all learn from each other and no one person can know it all!!!
If you are interested in any of the supplies, tools, etc. I used today, you can find everything listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!
- TCW871 Native Star
- TCW876 Screen View
- Michaels 100 lb. White Cardstock
- Bristol Smooth Cardstock
- Arteza Watercolor Paper
- Painter’s Tape
- Micropore Tape
- Purple Tape
- Scotch Removable Tape
- Catherine Pooler Ink Pads
- Distress Ink Minis
- Memento Dew Drops
- Versafine Clair Ink Pads
- VersaMagic Ink pads
- Distress Oxides
- Color Wheel
- Make Up Sponges
- Ink Blusher Sponges
- Jumbo Ink Dauber (Imagine)
- Jumbo Ink Dauber (Scrapbook.com)
- Mini Ink Dauber (Imagine)
- Mini Ink Dauber (Scrapbook.com)
- Fantastix Round Tip
- Fantastix Fine Tip
- Fantastix Mixed Pack
- Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool Handle
- Ranger Mini Ink Applicators
- Scrapbook.com Blending Tool Handle
- Scrapbook.com Sponge Applicators
- Nuvo Bending Daubers
- Clarity Stencil Brushes
- Scrapbook.com Stencil Brushes
- Amazon.com Make up Brushes
- Picket Fence Studios Blending Brushes (Large)
- Taylored Expressions Blending Brush Set
- The Stamp Market Blending Brush Set
- Altenew Fine Bouquet Die
- Lawn Fawn Banner Die Set
- Stamp Market Succulent Stamp Set
- Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves Ink Pad
- Kat Scrappiness Clear Jewels
- Tonic Studios Mixed Rectange Die Set (Discontinued)
- Heffy Doodle Thanks Die
- Buttons Galore & More Ice Embellishments
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
- QuickStik Tool
- Foam Adhesive
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