Background Ink Blending With Hero Arts Mid-Tone Ink Pads


Hello and happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a good start. Today I have a background ink blending Lucky Star friend card to share. You can use any ink pads you have. But I have found Ranger's Distress inks as well Hero Arts inks to work the best for background blending. They are both acid free, fade resistant water-based inks. Here I am using Hero Arts Mid-tone ink pads. All the supplies are linked at the end of this post.

sponging background with Hero Arts ink pads

I started this card by first cut out Neenah 80# paper to a 4.25x5.50 size flat card using Spellbinder Nestabilities Classic Rectangle dies. Then, starting from the outer edge of the card, using Ranger mini round blending tool, I blend the background first with Tide Pool. Applying less pressure as I move inward to fade off the ink. Then, I blend in Bubble Gum, picking up from where the Tide Pool left off. This time applying less pressure as I move outward. To complete the background, I splatter on some water.  Then, randomly splatter on the Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Gold.

For the final touch, I stamp the sentiment from the Wplus9 Lucky Stars clear stamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Embossing Powder - Black Sparkle. Next, I cut out the Simon Says Stamp Stacked Stars wafer dies by first adhere white cardstock to black cardstock before running it through Sizzix Big Shot Express for added dimension. Kissed the Versamark ink over it and heat embossed with Ranger Gold Tinsel. Then adhere the stacked stars onto the card with Elmer's spray adhesive.

I absolutely love how these Hero Arts Mid-tone Tide Pool and Bubble Gum inks turned out!  Such yummy and vibrant colors!

Thanks for sharing your day with me.  I hope you'll give this background ink blending technique a try, with any ink pads you already owned.  May you have a lovely week.


Lois Wyche said...

Beautiful card and technique

Cara Malmrose said...

Awesome card Christina! Thanks for sharing!
(Hugs) Cara

Liw Lejdbrandth said...

What a wonderful card you have made Christina. We miss you a lot over at Monday Greetings, why don't you pop in and leave a card for this weeks challenge? Hope to see you back soon. Love your card, really awesome and beautiful. xxx

Donna Ellis said...

What a great die cut and wonderful stamp set, Christina! I love the tutorial and the beautifully soft colors. It's a fantastic card! Who would not love receiving it! Hoping you are doing well, and that the Fall season is gently visiting your family. hugs, de

Rannah Romps said...

What a wonderful card! Boy did you ever do a good job on that background!! I wonder, would those little sponge things you put on your finger work too? Probably would take a long time as they are so small. Very nice card!!

Edwina said...

Christina, I love this card! It is so beautiful. Love the background. It is soft and soothing. The stars are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christina, what a gorgeous card! I love the soft colors and the beautiful golden stars! I count my blessings to have you as a friend, sweet girl!! Hugs! xoxo

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