Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

Easy Ink Blending & Masking Technique with Essentials by Ellen Mondo Florals

Are you looking for some quick spring card ideas for friends and family? We can help because Carly is here today with an easy way to add color to the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Tulip & Mondo Gerbera Daisy with a little ink blending and masking!

It’s spring so it’s time to stamp with all the Essentials by Ellen Mondo flowers! But I’ve been a little short on crafty time lately (with two busy toddlers at home), so I needed a card design that packed a colorful spring punch but didn’t need to be colored. I’m pretty slow when it comes to coloring, LOL! My solution? A little masking and ink blending!

For these cards I used some low-tack tape to mask stripes. I like to use different widths of tape so I don’t have to measure.

Then I removed one piece of tape to ink blend the space with Distress Oxide inks.

After one ink blended stripe was dry, I replaced the tape over it. Then I removed the piece of tape next to it and blended that space.

Next I removed all the tape and let the ink blending dry completely before stamping the mondo flowers & sentiments on top. It’s very important to let the Distress Oxide ink dry before trying to stamp over it, or the images will seem a bit faded. Having a stamping tool to be able to stamp the images & sentiments multiple times can also help get a crisp image over the blending.


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  • Reply Greta H April 12, 2023 at 8:09 am

    One of my favorite designs as I’m not much for coloring. Absolutely love your color choices & both cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Ellen Hutson LLC April 12, 2023 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks for following along, Greta!

  • Reply Christianne April 25, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    These are beautiful cards – love the simplicity when perhaps you don’t have time to do all of the coloring.

  • Reply jrogersno April 30, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    Beautiful cards, thank you for the inspiration. I was drawn to the soft colors of the ink blending.

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