Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sending Warm Thoughts

Ink Diffusion with Ink Potion No. 9

I have a very fun card and tutorial featured on the Imagine blog today.  With the changing of seasons into fall we are surrounding by nature and the wonderful colors of autumn.  The air is a little crisper, the leaves are crunchy, and it is time for a little fall fun.   I decided to create a water-colored fall tree surrounded by its fallen leaves.

Skill level:  Beginner
Time:  1 hour


Step One:
Die cut Spellbinders Labels Forty Nine and Labels 49 Decorative Elements from watercolor paper.  Notice that the Decorative Elements have leaves and an acorn in each corner, which I thought was very appropriate for a fall card!

Step Two:
Stamp Hero Arts Color Layering Fall Trees in StazOn Saddle Brown.  Select sentiment and position in a curve on the acrylic block.  This is one of the reasons I like working with clear stamps because you can gently change the shapes of long slender images. 

Step Three:
Thoroughly saturate the die cut with Ink Potion No. 9.  Starting with a lightest color in Memento Pear Tart stamp one of the leaf layers over the trunk image.  The color will diffuse around the image and become faint.

Step Four:
Stamp another layer of leaves in the next darker ink, in this case Memento Cantaloupe over the trunk and across the bottom of the image to start the layer of leaves on the ground.  Continue with the next layers in successively darker inks, in this example Tangelo, Peanut Brittle, and Potter’s Clay are used.  The leave images will become less diffuse as the Ink Potion No. 9 dries.  Dab off excess with a paper towel.

Step Five:
Use an Ink Blusher to ink around the edges of the die cut with Memento Potter’s Clay.  With intricate shapes such as Labels Forty Nine, the Ink Blusher allows you to evenly ink in crevices and around curves.

Step Six:
Use an Ink Blusher to ink the outer edges of the Labels 49 Decorative Elements die cut with Delicata in Celestial Copper.  It is one of my favorites for the fall season! 

Step Seven:
The Kraft cardstock base is stamped with the layering leaves images using Memento Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Peanut Brittle, Potter’s Clay, and Delicata Celestial Copper.

Step Eight:
Adhere the layers together with dimensional foam adhesive.


·      StazOn-- Saddle Brown
·      Memento—Pear Tart, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Peanut Brittle, Potter’s Clay
·      Ink Blusher
·      Ink Potion No. 9
·      Craft mat


·      Water Color paper
·      Spellbinders Labels Forty Nine and Labels 49 Decorative Elements
·      Kraft cardstock
·      Hero Arts Color Layering Fall Trees
·      Die Cut machine


  1. What are beautiful fall card Neva! I love all the different colors!

  2. Neva, your card is lovely! I love the image and the soft colors you have used.


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