Geometric Colour Blocked Ink Blending

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Hey Crafty People!

I am so excited to be up on The Little Paper Tree Blog today, sharing my first post as a DT member. I am going to be using the Birdie Banners stamp set by Concord & 9th, but not in the way it was intended. (This follows up from a post on my own blog that I did for TLPT a couple of weeks ago.) I love finding unexpected ways to use my products, extending their usefulness and value for money.

I love a bit of bright colour on my projects, and you don’t get much more vibrant than Distress Inks so I will be teaming this stamp set with some Distress Ink blending.


I decided to use the long, thin line stamp that comes with the set to block out a whole bunch of shapes over my card panel (80lb Neenah Solar White 4 x 5 1/4 inch). I didn’t want to use my MISTI for this because it would be so much quicker & easier to stamp by hand; that way I can move around the paper and stamp off any of the edges. I don’t have one of those long acrylic blocks to use though, so I grabbed a plastic ruler that’s long enough and mounted my stamp straight to that. (I would much rather find solutions like that than spend money on a tool I don’t really need; that way I have more money for pretty things!!!)

I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp my lines, making sure to allow the lines to segment each other and trying for a range of sizes/shapes to add my colour to. I also wanted it to look somewhat random, so I didn’t take too much time to think about what shapes to create.

Top tip! Versafine is a pigment ink, so it does need time to dry before you move on. Also try to remember this as you are working on your design because it would be easy to smudge the ink across the paper, or get it on your hands and transfer it to another project. (Yes, I really did.)



I chose some colours from my Distress Ink mini cubes that I thought would be vibrant but also work well together.

I opted for

  • Peacock Feathers
  • Mustard Seed
  • Spiced Marmalade
  • Ripe Persimmon
  • Picked Raspberry
  • Shaded Lilac

I worked one colour at a time filling in 3 spaces with each ink. Using a selection of blender brushes (just generic ones from Amazon,) and masked off the edges of each shape as I worked on it. I tried to be ‘quick’ by using scrap paper to mask, instead of tape, but honestly, this probably took me longer because the paper kept shifting.

I decided to add 3 black spaces to help the colours pop and tie in the black lines throughout, and used a Tombow water-based marker to fill these spaces.

Once my whole panel was covered, I sprayed some water across it, making sure to get some bigger drops by squeezing the trigger on my Distress Sprayer slowly. Letting the water sit for a second, then dab it up with a cloth.




I used Altenew Bold Greetings die set to cut my sentiment out of some holographic card stock, and I also cut it three times from black cardstock scraps. I stacked them up with the holographic card stock on the top to add dimension. To make the sentiment stand out more I very slightly offset the black to give a drop shadow effect.

The background is quite busy, so I added a rectangle of Vellum behind the sentiment to diffuse the pattern.


Top tip! Vellum can be quite tricky to adhere because you can see any type of glue or tape through it; the easiest way around this is by using the sentiment to hide it by only adding glue behind those parts.


Adding a black frame from Honey Bee’s new A2 frames die, but I used the third biggest so that the pattern continued outside of the frame.

I popped the whole panel up on some adhesive foam tape onto a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch top folding notecard made from 110lb Neenah Solar White and added a few black Vintage Drops by Nuvo.



I will be back on the TLPT blog next month with another tutorial, but I regularly post tutorials & inspiration over on my own blog and social media pages.


Stay Crafty!!



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Birdie Banners – Concord & 9th
Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac
80lb Neenah Solar White – 250 sheets
80lb Neenah Solar White – 20 sheets
110lb Neenah Solar White
Black Antique Nuvo Drops
Foam Tape
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Bold Greetings die set – Altenew
A2 Frames Honey Cut – Honey Bee
Dovecraft Holographic cardstock
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

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