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Night Skies Ink Blending

I had a brilliant day back in the classroom at Scrapbook Central today! 10 people came along to learn ink blending techniques and together, we made a cute set of Christmas Gift Tags.

ALERT: We will offer this class a second time on 14 November 2020 if you or a friend missed this! Please let Philippa at Scrapbook Central know, as we will only run this additional class if there is genuine interest. Contact Philippa directly here.

We used a small palette of Distress Oxides to ink up four different night skies, plus we added extra features to our skies with splatter, and also by lifting colour.

All products used today were from Lawn Fawn – the Everyday Gift Tag, Say What Christmas Critters, Stitched Hillside borders, the Little Town Border, and the Mini Snowflakes die set.

Check out some of the photos of the day below!

Along with the Distress Ink Combos, the class had a quick introduction to masking and colour lifting, and their blending onto the tiny spaces was stepped up for each tag – they had to blend FOUR colours onto the top half of their last tag – a challenge they all stepped up to!

After the ink blending part of the class, there was stamping, die cutting, colouring and heat embossing to be done. Even fluffy hats were made!

Check out the gorgeous tags made by all participants – everyone did an amazing job with their ink blending and even though we used the same colours, everyone had beautifully different results. Plus the added fun of splattering pigment, and revealing crisp white moons!

There were borders and images to be added for finishing, plus glittery snowflakes – aren’t they cool??

I was absolutely impressed with everyone that came along today – such enthusiasm and lovely results with their ink blends.

Promised Links

As discussed today, here are some of the links we talked about:

Ranger Ink labels – they do have a range of different ink organisation products you can download, including for Distress Inks and Oxides. Click here to visit the page.

Kristina Werner is a pro at Distress Oxide Blending, and she has a BUNCH of colour combinations for you to try out. Click here to visit her blog post for Combo Set 6 (you can search her blog for all 7 different combination blog posts, well worth the visit.

Last year’s Gift Tag Class held at Scrapbook Central, where we used Shimmer Powders and cute dies to create a set of gift tags. Plus, the Bonus blog post with further tags.

Visit my Christmas Gift Tag Pinterest Board to see other tags I have made over the past few years – there will be a bunch more added in the weeks to come as I share this year’s collection.

Bonus Projects

I also created a couple of extra projects using the same Lawn Fawn products used in class today, and here they are:

Snowy Hillside Card

I used the same blending techniques we went over in class to ink up this sky.

I stepped up the technique by adding subtle rays of light in the sky and created a full sized card to fit all the cute critters from the stamp set.

I created the rays by cutting masks from full sticky backed Post-its and arranged them to splay upwards. I carefully inked over them with the same colour blend we used in class today. I removed the masks, and repeated my inking over the top. This leaves a subtle change in colour over the sky, lighter where we had the masks, giving the impression of extra light.

I completed the card by cutting stitched hillside borders and arranged them to suit. I lifted the top two with foam tape for extra dimension.

I heat embossed the sentiment both at the top and along the bottom with gold embossing powder.

The critters are stamped, coloured and cut and placed within the hills.

I added some Nuvo Blizzard along the top edges of the hillsides and directly beneath the critters to ground them and add extra sparkle and dimension. Finally, a little fluff added to the penguin’s hat, sparkle pen to the critter’s accessories and tiny snowflakes scattered around the top half of the card.

Snowflake Circle

This time, I inked up another sky, but rather than filling the entire card front, I focused the imagery on a central circle.

I inked in stripes to try and mimic the Northern Lights, although this time I used Distress Ink rather than Oxides. You can see a difference in colour even though I used the same colour palette as we used in class.

The Mini Snowflakes set is a brilliant set where just one or two passes through the die cutting machine gets a whole bunch of snowflakes to place. I arranged the snowflakes over my circular inky piece, and trimmed the edges with scissors.

I cut the hillside border from another white circle to fit in the lowest part of the inky sky.

I wanted a few trees, and this little tree featured here is from the Lawn Fawn Home for the Holidays set – a teeny little set that has matching dies and a brilliant price point. I heat embossed the trees in gold and arranged them on the hillside.

The critters are stamped, coloured, cut and placed on the hillside – added fluff to the penguin’s hat again. Can’t resist that Neon Amplify!

To finish, the sentiment is the Lawn Fawn Happy Add-on, and I stacked the ‘Merry’ four times to bring it up to the same depth as the circular piece, also popped up with foam. The ‘christmas’ sentiment is white heat embossed on black cardstock and I added tiny dots of the Neon Amplify within the snowflakes to fill in the gaps (but did not heat them).

Say What? Tag

When the Say What Christmas Critters were released last year, this cute little tag set was also part of the release.

It cuts the tag itself, and a frame, along with speech bubble and a couple of other handy elements for your gift tag creations – all perfectly sized to match the little critters.

I simply inked the tag, added a sentiment to the speech bubble and stacked a couple of frames to give the tag a bit of depth. The penguin and his cute fluffy hat sit atop.

Shaker Tag

Now of course, with that frame option, you can create a shaker!

Shaker tags are super special and easy to make. I chose to use some bright rainbow paper I had in my stash for this one, as I have a small daughter who utterly adores Unicorns, and the associated rainbows!

Attach a piece of acetate to the back of the frame. Use foam adhesive strips on the tag around the entire edge, ensuring there are no gaps. Pop a little spoonful of confetti, sequins, seed beads, even tiny buttons can be effective shaker elements. I coloured the unicorn to match the rainbow paper, and have him/her sitting on a Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud border inside the shaker. The possibilities are endless with Shaker Christmas Tags!

Thank you to all class participants today – it was a great day spent with you all. If you are interested in any of the products featured today, you can visit Scrapbook Central to place an order.

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Joyous Wreath Gift Tag

You can find more of my Gift Tags from over the years by checking out #inkyandstampytags

This Honey Bee Stamps stamp set was a ‘must have’ when it was released last year. I used the wreath on my little gift bags (containing gift tags!) for my kids’ teachers last year. I’ll share a photo of that below too.

This year, I wanted to use it again on a gift tag, and you’ll see I did something quite similar to the gift bag.

I did a big die cutting session, and cut out enough for a dozen tags. Each wreath is built with a gold glitter layer and two shades of green. I cut the bow pieces from red cardstock, and the gift tag itself from Kraft cardstock.

Unfortunately, the tag featured here is a Honey Bee Stamps exclusive, only available last year for a limited time when spending a certain amount – but just about any tag die will be suitable for this simple project.

The first thing I did was stamp the back of the tag with the To & From from the Santa Express stamp set, and also my little logo stamp at the bottom. These things are harder to do if the front has a bulky, dimensional element on the front!

I stencilled some quick snow fall on each of my tag fronts – this is a stencil from Gina K Designs. You could stencil snowflakes, stars, anything you want here.

I purchased a blending brush to use specifically for my Hero Arts White pigment ink – this one has a white handle and is from the Stamp Market, but I have linked to other blending brushes available below too.

Once the ink was dried – pigment takes a little longer, so be patient! – I decided placement for my wreath and the central sentiment.

I chose Comfort & Joy from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas set – this set really has become a regular go-to set in my craft room, as it is full of fabulous sentiments in a tiny but tidy font.

The sentiment was gold heat embossed in the centre of the wreath. Next time, I might do it in black so it stands out more, as I felt the gold was a little to close in hue with the Kraft coloured cardstock in the end.

The green layers are placed on top – the die has cuts within the wreath so you can fiddle and interlock the layers a little. This does take a little bit of playing around with, to get the layers still looking straight and natural looking, but worth the effort.

The bow is simply assembled and placed on the front. There are three parts to the bow, although you could just use two if you prefer. The third part is the top of the ribbon and gives extra dimension to the bow, which again is worth the little extra effort.

Now for the fun part! I pulled out my Autumn Red and White Nuvo Drops for the little berries on the wreath.

I was pretty generous with the berries and their placement, making the wreath look rich and elegant.

I let the berries dry overnight, in a nice flat spot, so they keep their nice rounded shape when gifted.

I finished the tag off with a nice dark red ribbon for gifting.

And check it out, the little gift bag I created last year. This was filled with my Christmas Gift Tags and gifted to teachers and other special people in mine and my kids’ lives.

The gift bag itself is a Mama Elephant Favor Bag, and has been a very worthy addition to my craft stash, as it gets used a few times every year! I love its simple elegance, and you can also get add-ons to decorate it for other occasions.

This completes my elegant gift tag today. Thank you for stopping by! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

You can find more of my Gift Tags from over the years by checking out #inkyandstampytags

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See Through Card Class

I finally got back into the class/studio this month – this class has been delayed since April!

This technique class was all about creating see through cards, and different ways to achieve a stunning look with a Tonic Budding Vines background die. Also, the cards created covered quite different occasions – sympathy, thank you and a wedding card, although they could easily be made into birthday or friendship/encouragement cards if preferred.

The four cards created in class today.

Creating see through ‘windows’ on cards provides a fun focal point, and today we worked on four different ways to achieve a see through look.

Each class participant was given a kit of cardstock, some pre-cut. And the all important Whittaker’s chocolate!

The dies we used in class today were:

Tonic Studios Budding Vine
Pinkfresh Studio Floral Frames
Tonic Studios Thanks die set

We also used Bazzill cardstock in Marshmallow which is a soft white, Easter Green and Kiwi Crush – both beautiful rich colours of green.

Dies and cardstock are available to purchase/order online at Scrapbook Central.

Thanks Tri-fold Card

Made with two hues of green, we made this card into a tri-fold card. The Tonic Vine die was cut on the front of the light green cardstock. The backs of both green cards were trimmed to meet in the middle to create two closing flaps. White cardstock was adhered inside and on the back to cover the joint in the middle.

The band on the front was created with gold and dark green cardstock, plus everyone coloured and put together the daisy element.

We used Copics to colour one of the daisy die cuts and stacked them up with the inner petals inlaid.

A continuation of the Thanks sentiment is heat embossed on the inner dark green flap, then there’s plenty of room to write a message to the recipient on the inside.

Sending You Strength – Sympathy/Encouragement Card

Using the Tonic die, we turned it sideways to cut directly into the card base – creating a see through effect again.

To make the focal point, we added a white die cut – made using both the dies in the set taped together which includes the nice scalloped finishing edge. A layer of acetate in between gives this card complete stability on the front and edges.

Again, the floral element in the middle was stacked, coloured with Copics.

A sentiment strip is gold heat embossed, and matching square and strip are placed on the inside to hide unsightly glue marks.

Celebrate – Wedding Card

For this pretty wedding card, we created a heart shaped window in the top centre of the card base and the Tonic specialty paper – cutting the two pieces together so the window matches perfectly.

We cut a heart from a scrap vine die cut to glue between the two layers, then a heart frame glued on top for a clean and tidy finish. The frame is created by cutting two Hero Arts Infinity Hearts together.

The Celebrate was built onto the platinum vellum shadow, with a white layer and a silver glitter layer on the top. It is then stretched across the heart window.

A silver heat embossed sentiment strip completes the card.

Thanks A Million – Completely See Through Card

This is a showstopper card and really quite a simple one to make.

We cut the Budding Vine die directly into the card base so it matched front and back.

The small heart on the front was inked up, and had Thanks cut from it. We inlaid a gold thanks and embossed the rest of the sentiment on the front below it.

Hearts are glued on the inside and back of the card – this provides both stability and a place for messages to be written.

A tiny red heart was added to the front for a fun embellishment.

Little gems/dots of gold stickles finished off this card.


I made a bunch of extra cards using these same dies – you can check them out here.

Thank you for visiting, and an extra special Thank You to my class attendees today! Keep an eye out for my upcoming Gift Tag class in October…..

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See Through Card Class II

The Tonic Studios Budding Vine die was our featured die in the See Through Card Class – click here to see what we did. However I also managed to create some further cards using the same die, but with different techniques – these are what I will be sharing here. I will also share here a couple of cards using the other two die sets in the range – they are such great value with both the intricate background AND an interesting frame which can be used together, mixed and matched, or as standalone dies.

We also used the Pink Fresh Studio Floral Square Frames die set in class, and I have used this die set again in a couple of examples below.

The sentiment set featured on all the cards is My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments, Such a great set, and it covers a large array of occasions.

All dies and stamps used are available to order/purchase from Scrapbook Central.

All cards today are 5.5″ x 4.25″ apart from the square floral frames which is 4.25″ x 4.25″.

I also use a mixture of Bazzill Marshmallow and Neenah white cardstock – for more information about which cardstocks to use for your projects, you can check out my Best of the Basics Cardstock article.

Shaker Card

I used the Budding Vine die together with a Stitched Rectangle to create a full card sized shaker front. I backed the piece with acetate and added foam tape to all sides, ensuring there were no gaps for sequins or beads to escape. My foam tape was fairly shallow in depth, so I did two layers of it so my shaker elements have plenty of room to move freely. I also used my powder tool to reduce the stickiness on the edges of the foam tape and reduce static cling in general. I chose the sequins and beads to complement the colour of my cardstock and colouring and made a small pile in the centre of my card base. I adhered the foam tape/acetate/die cut card front on top – press down firmly to ensure there are no gaps!

To finish the card, I cut three of the Pink Fresh Studio flower frame Daisy (two in white, one in matching green cardstock) and layered them on top of each other with the green layer on the bottom. I also included the white petals on the bottom layer only, for depth. I coloured the flower centre with YR16, Y17 and Y15 markers, with a final layer of Nuvo crystal glaze. The sentiment is gold heat embossed on the light green cardstock and is from the MFT Essential Sentiments.

Partial Die Cut Card Front Card

This card was really simple to achieve. I had an inky panel in my box of background pieces to be used up (don’t we all have a box of those??). For the front, I placed just the intricate die on an angle towards the top half of the white cardstock. It is not a true partial die cut in terms of technique, but achieves a similar result.

I used a piece of white craft foam on the bottom half, and foam square dimensionals to lift the entire front off the inky panel which is then adhered directly to the card base. This gives the card gentle dimension and interest. A sentiment was gold heat embossed and little gems added to finish off.

Flower Frames Panel Card

I love these little flower frames so much – they make a nice finishing touch to a card on their own, or in this case, become the main feature.

I used different colours of Distress ink to create the bottom of each of the frames. Each of the flower frames were die cut three times – this may sound labour intensive, but it is definitely worth the effort. Stacked die cuts give great dimension and interest to a card, plus a nice finished look. I arranged them into a square format with equal distancing onto a card base, and white heat embossed a sentiment on a brushed gold strip of cardstock. I liberally used Nuvo glimmer gloss pens on the inside of my frames to finish.

With Love Quatrefoil Card

I love the look of quatrefoil, and this die set is no exception. I had a rainbow alcohol inked Yupo panel in my box of panels, and I die cut it with the quatrefoil die. I also cut two panels from white cardstock – one of the frame on its own, and also with the quatrefoil and frame together. I covered the plain panel with double sided adhesive, and glued the intricate panel on top to match – leaving the gaps already sticky with adhesive and no further glue required.

I then inlaid the rainbow pieces into the white frame. Yupo paper can be die cut fairly easily, but the pieces do tend to stay together within the die cut, so it was mostly a case of laying it over the white cardstock and simply poking the pieces out into their respective spots. So it didn’t take as long as you might have imagined!

The frame was attached to a card base, and then the card was finished off with a With Love sentiment from Tonic, and a black heat embossed sentiment strip from the My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments.

Floral Bloom Glazed Card

I have previously shared this card on my social media channels – please click here to visit my earlier blog post to see full details of how this card came together.

If you have any questions regarding the putting together of any of these cards, please feel free to message me – I’m only too happy to help!

For more in-depth information about the best value supplies for your craft table, from cardstock to the handiest tools, check out my Best of the Basics series.

Thank you for reading this far! Also, if you were an attendee of my See Through Card Class, a very special Thank You to you. Also, keep an eye on my main page for my upcoming Gift Tag Class in October……

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