Peony ink blend diecut – 2 cards + bonus card | Video tutorial by Jeni

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Hi, I have two cards that use ink blending (with some of my favourite Catherine Pooler inks) and the in-lay die cutting technique to make two cards out of one. And the stunning bold Peony In Bloom cover plate die really pops from the bright background in the bonus card. Watch the video tutorial here on the blog, or over at YouTube. And read on for the written tutorial.


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Ink Blending

Die-cut the Peony In Bloom cover plate die twice – once from Neenah Solar white card and once from Bristol Smooth card.


On the bristol smooth card ink blend with Catherine Pooler inks and a blending brush – I use one brush for each colour family. Start with the In The Park colour and slowly ink the leaves and stems. Add Mardi Gras at the base of the leaves and stem. Build up the colour slowly to get the colouring you want.

I have a mix of blending brushes. I use and the Picket Fence Studios brushes for the green and pink inks.  And a Trinity Stamps blending buddy brush for the purple ink. (My plan is to have two brushes for each colour family. One for the vibrant colours and one for more subtle softer colours – with the hope that I won’t have to clean them as often).



The flower is coloured the same way with Flirty Fushcia as the shadow colour. I add this colour at the base of the petals (as much as possible) angling the blending brush and using the tip of the brush. The bright colour is Pucker Up. I build up a few layers of colour to get a bright vibrant flower with the same intensity as the leaves.


Catherine Pooler inks – Flirty Fuschia, Mardi Gras and Midnight as also available as mini ink pads.


In-Lay Diecutting

Cover the front of a card base with double-sided tape and adhere the white Peony die cut. Place all the white die cuts in their spaces, then pop in each ink blending piece.

It can be tricky to get the die-cut pieces in the right space, by popping out a few at a time and placing these – can save some time.



Ink Blended Peony

With the positive of the Peony ink blended card, add tiny dots of liquid glue to the back of the die-cut and leave this on your desk. Take a white card, and line up the edges with the die cut and push down over the die-cut Peony.

Cover with a large acrylic block to keep the die cut flat to the white card while the adhesive dries. The largest Perfect Block (block 6 – 4 7/8 x 6 1/8”) by Catherine Pooler is perfect for this this is large enough to cover a standard-sized card base.



Bonus Card

Remember the leftover from the Refill Rainbow cards? I have this at the side of my desk, so die cut another Peony from white card and adhere to the background. (The refills colours in this background are In The Park, Chiffon, Catching Rays and Do-Si-Do).





All the sentiments are from the Blossoms and Thoughts stamp set. Stamped with black ink onto a stripe either from the Diagonal Stripes die or Mod Stripes die. Only the sentiment on the in-lay die-cut card is mounted with foam tape.

Finally, adhere the last two cards to card bases made from Neenah 110lb card. (The in-lay die-cut card is already on a card base).


Do you love techniques where you can get two cards out of one die-cut? Stare your in-lay die cutting cards with us in the Paper Tree Tribe group.


Find the card and ink supplies here and the basic craft supplies here



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