Creating Scenes with Fun Inking Techniques

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Just WOW! Have you had the chance to play with our amazing Color Fuse Inks yet? Today Annie has a great tutorial for you on blending, and the result is just stunning! If you are ready for some fun summer inspiration, take a look at today's post and get prepared to feel the warms of the sun on your face, your toes in the water and butt on the sand! 

Hi there! Annie here today with a pretty summer card inspired by a postcard from a tropical destination. It’s no secret that I love ink blending…almost every card I make has anywhere from a little ink around the edges to a full-blown inked background panel. I collect different blending tools and smooth cardstocks like my cat collects toy mice. So today’s card features some of my favorite inking techniques to create this peaceful tropical scene.
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  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4.25″ x 5.5″.
  • Die cut a piece of masking paper slightly larger than your cardstock panel with one of the Stitched Hills dies about a quarter of the way up from the bottom to form two masks (one measuring about 4″ x 6″ and one measuring about 1″ x 6″).
  • Cover the top three-quarters of the white cardstock with the larger mask, angling the hills how you would like the sandy beach to look. Apply Mocha Ink (Color Fuse Set #3) to the cardstock using a blending brush. (Although ink may get through the mask where the stitching holes are, it won’t be very noticeable because the ink color and blending technique results in a very light application.)
  • Press Mocha and Caramel ink cubes onto a non-porous surface and add a bit of water to each. Pick up the color with a paint brush or waterbrush and flick it over the ink blended area to create the look of grains of sand. (I also added flecks of Chill and Silver ink from Color Fuse Set #12 for more variation after taking this photo.)
  • Remove the mask and set aside to dry a bit.

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  • Cover the sandy beach with the smaller die-cut mask and then add another piece of masking paper straight across the panel about a third of the way up from the bottom to cover the top of the panel.
  • Blend Beachside and Whisper inks (Color Fuse Set #9) between the masks with a blending brush, concentrating the darker shade towards the bottom.
  • Remove the masks. Spritz the small bud shadow layer stamp from the Summer Bloom stamp set with a mist of water and stamp in the ink blended ocean to create a few subtle waves.

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  • Mask off all of the previously inked areas with a piece of scrap paper or more masking paper.
  • Blend Sonata, Sierra, Serene, and Sapphire inks (Color Fuse Set #8) to the upper two thirds of the cardstock with a blending brush, concentrating the darker shades toward the top of the panel.

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I love the beautiful floral stamps in the Summer Blooms stamp set, but couldn’t help seeing the image of a palm tree in the gorgeous stem of the larger bloom. Since the stems are layered with tons of detail too, I figured they could stand pretty well on their own and decided to try to some fun trees. Spoiler alert: I love how they turned out!


  • Using partial inking, we’re going to select the parts of the image we want stamped and also choose the colors. Ink cubes like the Color Fuse Inks are perfect for this technique because they are small enough to get into little nooks and crannies of stamps.
  • Starting with the least-detailed layer of the larger stem in the Summer Blooms stamp set, ink the top of the stamp with Moss Ink (Color Fuse Set #10) and the bottom with Mocha Ink (Color Fuse Ink Set #3) as shown.
  • Wipe away the green ink on the bulb portion of the stamp with a baby wipe or shammy and then stamp your layer onto white cardstock.

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  • Repeat this process with the second layer of the stem, using Clover and Caramel Inks. Remember to wipe away the green ink on the very top bulb portion of the stamp.
  • Stamp the last layer of the stem using Basil and Cinnamon Inks.
  • Fussy-cut the trees out with scissors, trimming some of the stem or palm fronds on one tree to make it look smaller and slightly different from the other.

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  • Adhere the ink blended background panel to a top-folding A2-sized white card base using foam adhesive.
  • Arrange the palm trees on the left side of the card front and adhere down with foam adhesive, using a single layer for the first tree, and a double layer for the larger tree on top.

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We hope you enjoyed this peaceful tropical scene card today. We love learning new things and sharing these posts with friends and pinning them for later! Follow us on Pinterest, check out Rubbernecker Stamps on Instagram or visit our Facebook Fan Group for tons of inspiration!
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