Highlighting single images – blended backgrounds


It’s Donna, reporting in from Japan again, where we are having the most glorious autumn weather after the hottest muggiest summer I’ve ever experienced.

I’ve beeen making quite a few scenes lately, so I thought I’d share some ways to highlight individual images instead this time. All three of the cards use ink blending with Pink and Main Surface Ink in Riverwalk. This is a beautiful pool colour and it’s the first ink I’ve been able to successfully blend even very lightly. I’m a big fan of surface inks for subtle blended backgrounds, and especially in this colour.

All the images for today’s cards, and most of the sentiments come from the Eskimo Kisses stamp set, and all the images were coloured using Copic markers. I cut all of the images with the matching dies.

For this first card, I used the Riverwalk ink and the lovely Four Point Stars Stencil. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use this stencil and this was it. By creating a frame with the Stitched Top notes dies and the stitched rectangle dies. I’ve highlighted the image, and created a smaller border, so that the image isn’t overpowered by the size of the card. I’ve stamped the sentiment with black ink before mounting the image and panel with foam tape.

This next card is even simpler. I masked of the corner with micropore tape to create a border and blended the Riverwalk ink in from there, fading out as I went. The sentiment on the card is from the Fall Friends stamp set. I cheated just a little and used two images for this card, but I think you’ll agree they function as one. Once again, I popped the image up with foam tape, allowing the tail to hang over the edge of the blending for a little extra interest and to keep the eye moving.

This final card was the most technique heavy of the three. I blended a very pale cloudy looking background using the Riverwalk ink, then cut another piece of white cardstock using the fabulous Basket cover die. I wanted to used the negative pieces of this die, so I rubbed a piece of Press and Seal over the front of the piece as soon as I removed it from the die. It came out all in one piece, so this was relatively simple. Here’s a picture of  everything ready to glue down. 

I used a fine tip bottle and was very sparing with the glue, placing small dots of glue along each of the small squares, strips and triangles. I then flipped the die cut piece onto the ink blended background. After giving it a little while for the glue to dry, I removed the Press and Seal, and then carefully peeled up the positive piece of the die. This was the scariest bit, but it went quite smoothly. I used the needle tool to hold down any small pieces that were threatening to lift. I love the subtle mix of the the basket weave and the blue Riverwalk Ink. Although it’s actually quite a busy background in terms of how much is going on, it remains in the background and doesn’t fight the image for attention.

I hope this gives you some ideas for using single images on your cards. Pink and Main does many, many gorgeous images in similar sizes to this, and these techniques would easily transfer to other images and colour schemes.

Until next time, happy crafting.




  1. Josmary says:

    I can’t wait to get this set in the mail. It’s suppose to come today great timing 😍☕☕☕

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