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An Inking Christmas Card

When you look at inking & blending when you are a craft beginner, it can look quite daunting however you can start with an unusual technique to get more out of your ink and create something unique. If clean cut isn't your thing than maybe this is a the perfect way to make your stamping backgrounds.

  • Papercraft
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

Tools and materials required

  • 7x7inch white blank card base
  • Red Cardstock
  • White Watercolour Cardstock
  • Ranger Oxide Distress Inks – I used Peeled Paint & Festive Berries
  • Ink Blending Tools
  • Poinsettia Rubber Stamps
  • Christmas Sentiment Stamp – this could be any
  • Small Pattern Rubber Stamp
  • Black permanent ink pad
  • Label Nesting Dies for Sentiment
  • Water (to flick, so you do not need a brush or sprayer, unless you prefer)
  • Ribbon
  • Tape Runner or Adhesive tape
  • 3D foam
  • Scissors & Paper trimmer


Cut the red cardstock into a base layer for the card front approx 6.8inch x 6.8inch and cut the white watercolour card into a 2nd layer approx 6.6inch x 6.6inch. Attach the red card to the front of the card using flat tape/glue.


Taking the white watercolour cardstock, look at your stamps and decide how many times you are going to stamp & where – then using your blending tool, add the Festive Berries Ink (or whatever colour you are using) to the watercolour card. Be random with the colour and do not blend to much Tip: this is just about getting colour onto the card.


Next add the second colour of ink, I am using Peeled Paint, again be quite random and just add the colour in different areas around the previous colour.


Once you are happy with the ink you have added to the watercolour card – flick water on to it – no special skill needed here, just flick it with your fingers all over the cardstock then leave to dry naturally. Tip: If you are in a hurry, use a heatgun to dry the water.


As the cardstock dries, the water merges with the ink and the colour will run, this is the look we want.


Check the stamp you are going to use as to where the image on the stamp is and to the colours on your cardstock, so think about the position you will stamp at.


Using Black Permanent Ink stamp the Poinsettia over the top of the inked areas. I have stamped the image 3 times and leaving room blank in one corner.


Using the small pattern rubber stamp, stamp around the edge of the cardstock using the 2nd colour you have chosen, I used the Distress Oxide Peeled Paint, this is so the colour matches to the rest of the card. When the ink has dreid attach the stamped layer onto the card front over the red layer you have previously attached.


Die cut 2 pieces of the watercolour cardstock in nesting shapes and then using Black Permanent Ink, stamp the sentiment on the smaller of the 2. Ink & blend around the edges of both pieces of cardstock in the 2 ink colours you have used.


Attach the label layers on to your card front using 3D foam and layer both pieces.


Tie a bow in the ribbon and attach under the sentiment on the card front using 3D foam.


The finished card.