Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Creating a Masked Background

Well hello everyone, it's Nina-Marie here with you today, sharing a bright and cheerful card that features the lovely Time to Give Thanks and Make a Wish stamp sets! 

I don't know about you, but I love distress inks! They are such a fun and versatile tool to have in your stash; perfect for watercoloring, ink blending, ink smooshing, embossing and so much more! This card video I am sharing today has some fun ink blending and embossing techniques using these distress inks and some simple masking.

In this video I am going to walk you through, from start to finish, on how I made this card. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section on Youtube, or the Create a Smile blog... Enjoy!

If you are interested in the products I used to create this card, I've got them linked here so that you can find them too!


Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ABANDONED CORAL TIM43188Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON Ranger TIM43294Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SEEDLESS PRESERVES Ranger Fall TIM32847Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO TIM43218Fineline MASKING FLUID PEN FINE TIP 4449Pretty Pink Posh 6MM CLEAR DROPLETS (medium)
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM CLEAR DROPLETS (small)Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE BLACK Detail EPJ37392Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 9x12 Bound 360109Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets Judikins EMBOSSABLE WINDOW PLASTIC POSTCARD SHEETS AP405
Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In StitchesNeenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsScrapbook Adhesives 3D FOAM SQUARES AdhesiveWHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711 9 x 12MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Whole Kit and KaboodleEK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425

Some key things to take away from today's card:

  • always clean up between ink colors when doing ink blending! This is really important for making sure your colors stay true and prevents unwanted tainting.
  • slow and steady; this is key when doing a lot of ink blending. If you work in slow, steady circles, you will eliminate any harsh lines and smudges in your blending. 
  • keep it simple; designs with lots of bright colors and big elements always look best when the design around it is simple and undistracting, letting the focus shine on the beautiful artwork you've created in your background.
  • when applying masking fluid, be sure to keep the paper on a level surface and work in small areas at a time. The fluid is very watery and runs very easily before it starts to set. Usually (depending on how the thick your application), it will begin setting within 5 minutes and won't run as easily. However, keeping your fluid-covered paper level during the application and drying process will prevent any unwanted masks on your design. 

So I hope that this has inspired you today to try out some masking and ink blending of your own! Don't forget that we have weekly videos for you to enjoy, so make sure you stop back again next Wednesday for another video tutorial!

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xo, Nina-Marie :)


  1. Wowzers!!! stunning card!! Love the design and the bold colors!! Wow!!
    I have that "leaves" set too...haven't got the time to play with it yet ... :/

  2. stunning background woowww!!!soo adorable

  3. I really like your video. Beautiful card as well a beautiful coloring.