Hello!  Today I am sharing how I used stencil and ink blending techniques to quickly put together a set of birthday cards.  To create my sunray background, I used the MFT Radiating Rays Mixable Stencil and ink blended it with the MFT premium dye ink in Lemon Drop.  Then, I used the MISTI to stamp on the big beautiful sentiment from Mama Elephant Make A Wish.

Card Tutorial – Ink Blending Sun Ray Background Birthday Card

Please see below for the tutorial.  The supplies are listed first, follow by the instruction.

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  1. Create a 5 x7 side-folded card base on color cardstock of your choice.
  2. Cut out a 4.75 x 6.75 white card panel.  Position the Radiating Rays Mixable stencil onto the card panel, securing it in place with washi tape.  Then, starting from the center of the stencil, ink blending in the yellow-ray, first with a heavy hand and then light handed as you gradually working your way outward to achieve a soft edge.
  3. Next, stamp on the sentiment.  TIP:  to quickly mass produce a set of cards, use the MISTI stamping tool.
  4. Secure the card panel to the card front with foam tapes.
  5. Brush clear Wink of Stella over the sentiment for a sparkly effect.

Christina Hor

Christina is a mother of three, a card maker and a self-taught artist who loves to spread joy and kindness to others through handmade cards and arts. In 2015, Christina joined a group of Heart Center nurses at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) to bring comfort to bereaved parents with personalized, handmade sympathy cards and discovered the deep impact a handmade card can have on the babies’ families, helping them to grieve in a healthy way. Wanting to spread smiles and hope to other heart patients and their families at NCH, on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, with the assistance of several fellow crafters, Christina launched the first winter-themed holiday card drive on her hobby blog Christina Hor Designs and Cards for Little Hearts (formerly known as Hug a Heart) was founded. Christina resides in Ohio with her husband Kan (Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital), two daughters and son.

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