Ink Blending Extravaganza + Paper Glaze + Diecuts = Fun, colourful cards with NO colouring!

Hello, my colour-loving friends!

As much as I love colouring (she says whilst the inner child is jumping around with joy) sometimes I just don’t have the time or the energy to colour, but I still want colour on my cards. What a conundrum, right? This is where ink blending comes to the rescue and oh, how I love that technique too! It’s one of my go-to for a blast of colour FAST!

It’s fun, fresh, and you can mix and match colours to suit occasions, themes and preferences of the recipient of the card. What’s not to love?

Dab your panel with Embossing Ink and sprinkle a bit of Halo embossing glitter on top and you have homemade glitter card stock too!

If you don’t want glitter card stock, you can add Clear Gloss on top for shiny card stock. Super simple and high impact! Plus it’s quick and easy to make more when you run out. Win-Win!

Other ways of adding interest to an ink blended background is to splatter some water, coloured or gold water colour, shimmer sprays, white paint or something like Distress sprays. I’m particularly loving gold splatters myself. It’s such a simple, yet wow-factor way of adding a little something extra.

These cards in this post are done with Distress Oxide inks, blended with my go-to blending tools: the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I can not stress enough how important it is to have a tool for ink blending that works for you. The brushes might not be for you, you might prefer the Tim Holtz ink blending tool, or the domed version from Scrapbook.com, or maybe the hexagon brush from Honey Bee Stamps. Whatever works for you is what you should stick to, no matter the opinions of someone else, me included. I’m merely saying that for me, the Life Changing Blender Brushes really live up to their name, and they have helped elevate my ink blending game to a whole new level!

Now, let’s get to some of the cards: On a piece of cardstock I blended Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Wilted Violet and Black Soot with Life Changing Blender Brushes. On top of this I splattered some gold using the Kuretake Starry Color palette, becuse of course I cannot resist gold splatters. You can make your own by mixing some Golden Rose Paper Glaze with water. This is a second panel done, with the addition of Wild Honey, without Wilted Violet, and taken before gold splatters were added.

As the idea was to have the Scarecrow Cover Plate Die from Picket Fence Studios on top of this, I have gone from light to dark, almost as if there is a fire behind it, or candles in the Jack-o-lanterns.

The scarecrow herself couldn’t be plain, nope. I wanted a little wow-factor for that too, so I made some shimmer card stock by spreading some Black Pansy and Golden Rose Paper Glaze, one of my top three fave products EVER from Picket Fence Studios, on black card stock. On top of this I also added a tiny bit of Fall Gold Paper Glitz.

I didn’t get a photo of that before I cut it up, but here is the second piece I made with Autumn Persimmon Paper Glitz.

When this was dry, I cut out the Scarecrow using my diecutting machine. Depending on your machine and how much Paper Glaze you use, you might need to run it through twice to get clean, sharp lines.

This was adhered directly to the background, with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then a sentiment from the So Franken Cute stamp set was stamped with Black Hybrid ink on it, with the help of the Mini MISTI. When you stamp your sentiment last thing, it’s better to be safe than sorry, to avoid hiccups, hence the Mini MISTI.

The second card was done in a similar fashion, with the same colours on the background, including the gold splatters. This is the one I used that second shimmer card stock for, and I used the Scarecrow diecut again. I also cut out the word BOO with the Seeing Double Alpha dies.

The sentiment on this one is from A Spooky Day, and it’s stamped up with Black Hybrid ink with the help of the Mini MISTI. The BOO was adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, as was the Scarecrow.

Seeing them next to each other is fun, because you can see the similarity and where they have their own little unique touches.

The next two cards are pretty much the same, only different colours. Naturally, it’s still ink blended but the colours used are Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet and Black Soot. I’m LOVING this blend! So much so, I made two of these as well.

Instead of gold splatters on the first one, I opted for black and yellow by using Distress Oxide sprays in Mustard Yellow and Black soot. I tried to not overdo it, but I think a few more wouldn’t have been amiss.

Similarly, the shimmer card stock was done with black card stock, and some Ocean Poppy and Lime Zinnia Paper Glaze. These colours are kind of glow-in-the-dark-esque on the black card stock, which looks really quite cool.

Once that was dry, I cut out the scarecrows and again, adhered it straight to the background with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. For the second card, I also cut out the word BOO with the Seeing Double Alpha dies from the shimmer card stock made with the Paper Glaze.

Sentiment wise I used one from the So Franken Cute for the card on the right, but this one was heat embossed in Opaque Bright White on black card stock. It was also adhered on an angle, with more Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, rather than straight across. The second card was done with the BOO glued down and the same sentiment from A Spooky Day with Black Hybrid ink.

With four cards in total done, all that was left to do was adhered them both to a card base and that’s it. What do you think? Not a bad pop of colour for no-colouring cards, right?

I am working on a YouTube video for these as well, it’s very long at the moment so I’m thinking of doing one full-length version and one more condensed, so you can chose which one you want to watch. Keep an eye out on my YouTube channel and click that notification button so you don’t miss any uploads!

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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

p.s. I’m speaking at the Card Maker Success Summit tomorrow about ‘Adding Shimmer With Paper Glaze’. You’re invited! Get all the details and grab your free ticket here!

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Have a Dinomite Halloween!

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I know it’s a bit early for trick or treating but I simply could not resist making a few Halloween cards with the super adorable little dinosaur from the Dinomite Halloween set. This one is from the Essentials by Ellen September release. If you missed my big news (eeep!) that I was a guest designer for Ellen Hutson in their release hop, check out that post HERE.

For these cards I have done my usual thing of using the same stuff, but changing up colours and add-ons for different looks. I will link all the products I’ve used at the bottom of this post, as well as throughout, in case you want to grab one or two.. or five… (no judgement!) for yourself.

As I knew I was going to do some ink blending on both of the cards, I started out by cutting out two 5.5″x4.25″ panels out of Bristol Vellum card stock. After using my anti-static tool on both of them I placed them in my MISTI, and then added the images I wanted from the Dinomite Halloween set as well as the Booyah set.

I’ve used Embossing ink from Inkon3 on both, and Arctic White embossing powder on one and Black on the other. After setting these with my heat-gun, they immediately look different!

I’ve used Distress Oxide inks for the ink blending and the rainbow-a-licious Blender Brushes from Taylored Expression. They are so pretty and colourful, I’d love to have a set just as decoration in my craft room! But that would be crazy… right? You can also use the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios.

Ok, back to the cardmaking! On this first panel you can see how it looks right after the ink blending is done. From top to bottom I’ve used Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. The white embossing isn’t very white at all, is it? This used to bug me so badly until I realised I can just wipe it off, lol!

To begin with, I gently rub an old kitchen towel over the images and then I go over them again with a very lightly wet paper towel. It makes such a difference!

On the panel with the black heat embossing I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserve. I think it would have looked better with more reds and not have the Seedless Preserve on it but oh well.

You would think it wouldn’t be necessary to do it on the black heat embossing but I did, and it really made the images pop!

My first dino was coloured purple. I’m not really a big fan of purple for myself but I LOVE purple dinosaurs for some reason. This one got a few accessories done too. I used all the markers in the photo to do the colouring, although the Cool Greys I used on the hat, his tummy and freckles are not pictured.

The second dino was done in bright teal and yellows!

Once I had all my images coloured in and cut out, using the coordinating Dinomite Halloween designer dies, I set about putting the cards together. After pairing up accessories and adding the dinos to the cards I decided to also use the Boo & Treat word dies to add one final flourish. I cut them out of both white card stock and black to see what looked best.

Originally I thought about layering these up but it just didn’t look right. I’m not sure why as usually I love that look. Next I tried adding some colour to the bottom of the white. It’s just a little bit of leftover Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade inks on the brushes. I didn’t even need to add more.

In the end though, I used the black Boo on one and the black Treat on the second card.

It turned out so fun with the mix of heat embossed sentiments and images and the added diecut word. Plus I love that little mask for the dino too!

I think the choice of black Boo & Treat diecuts was the right one. They just pop a bit more, don’t you think? On this card I also added a bunch of pumpkins to cover up the larger candy corn image. Again, just to change things up a little bit without making any drastic changes.

Well, that’s it from me for today! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed these cards. If you decide to pick up a few of these fun Ellen Hutson goodies, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider using my affiliate links when you shop. Every little helps and any money I make goes directly to the running of this blog, my YouTube channel and giving you all fun and creative content. Thank you so much for your support in keeping my dream going, I really, really appreciate it!

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Happy Halloween!

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Welcome back to CaCaCraft and Happy Halloween to those who celebrate! Here in Poland it’s called All Hallows Eve and is all about honouring your dead. They do this by lighting up the cemeteries with candles on every single grave and apparently it’s quite the sight so I am going to go by our local one tonight to have a look. I must admit that I am not a big fan of Halloween and scary stuff in general, I’m more of a rom-com, pink fluffy clouds and unicorns gal myself. Many years ago, I was mentally scarred by watching IT and the first Resident Evil movie. I still haven’t quite recovered! Zombies are a big no-no for me, and so are clowns. *shudders in horror and looks over shoulder to make sure there aren’t any here*

Ghosts on the other hand I find quite fascinating, I like the idea of our loved ones having a connection to the living world after they pass on. Evil, scary ones not so much (still a scaredy-cat over here!) but the ones who want to make sure we know they are ok in the after-life, yes.

Oh and cute ones like the ones in My Favorite Things stamp set Fab-BOO-lous Friends are definitely a big fat yes! I tried these stamps at a friend of mine’s house during our last crafty day together before moving away from Denmark and I fell in love on the spot. I got home and ordered my own right away! Sadly I don’t have the coordinating dies for them but that I am hoping will be rectified soon. Christmas IS coming up, right?? (If The Man reads this, please check wishlist for wifey)

This little ghost I coloured using Copic markers, C1, C2 and Colorless Blender. I used both the C markers all over the ghost and then dotted my Colorless Blender all over it to make him speckled sort of. Kind of like his “ghost clothes” were dirty? If that makes sense…? It was also very difficult to photograph it well enough to actually show you properly but here ya go:

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For my background I got some dark grey card stock out, this time I used Lawn Fawn Storm Cloud. If I had had a spider web stencil on hand I would have used that but since I don’t (memo to self: find one and add to wishlist) I decided to try out a new stencil I got from Neat & Tangled called Landscape Duo Stencils. Sure, sure, not very Halloween-y but I thought I’d add some Distress Oxide ink blending on it in Halloween type colours. I started with Iced Spruce and then shifted the stencil around before adding Wilted Violet.

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Initially I had planned on using some Black Soot too but decided against that in the end. When I do ink blending I use an old, very scratched up, Big Shot cutting plate. It’s sturdy enough to keep the project flat but is too scratched to use as a cutting plate anymore. It leaves too many marks on the paper I cut and I don’t like that but this way I’m not wasting it. Clever, huh? Craft waste is almost up there with food waste in my book.

After I was done with the ink blending I thought it would look nice with some white spatters on it. Instead of using plain white water colours for this, I went with ‘White Gold’ from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors I’m quite messy when I splatter and I try to remember to cover up anything I don’t want splattered (my iPad keyboard is very shimmery thanks to forgetting this one time)

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And whilst this felt like a solid idea, I should have waited until AFTER I stamped my sentiment ‘You’ve been BOOED!’ from the stamp set Booed also from Neat and Tangled. The shimmery white is showing through in some places and the sentiment doesn’t look as solid as I would have liked, even after adding clear embossing powder over it. I used that Black Soot Distress Oxide I got out earlier and stamped it twice using my MINI MISTI (which really is the most incredible stamping tool invented, ever) but still the shimmer showed through so lesson learnt, I guess. Shimmer after, not before stamping sentiments. Again, not the best photo but hopefully you get the picture.

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My background panel I cut out using a lovely scalloped die from Winnie & Walter, it’s part of a set called Essentials: Noelle’s cutaways. I adhered it with double sided sticky foam sheet, trimmed to size, to a card base made with Lawn Fawn Black Licorice card stock. I thought it needed a little something else and sequins didn’t quite feel Halloween to me so instead I added some cute little spider webs that I cut out using the coordinating Booed die from Neat & Tangled. I trimmed the cutouts a little to make them fit my card and then added in a little bit of extra spiderweb too.

The little ghost was adhered with a bit of foam tape to raise him up and make him look like he’s floating/hoovering, because that’s what ghosts do. And with that, the card was done.

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Now, just because I could and it’s very fun, I played around with some filters and stuff. The photo above has a filter on it called ‘Dramatic’ which I thought was both apropos as I have been known to be a biiiiiiit of a drama queen at times and it added a dramatic flair to the photo. The one below has one called ‘Noir’ added to it and whoa, THAT added some drama for sure! I know the actual card doesn’t show up very well but it’s rather scary looking with that pumpkin stalking it in the background. My scary-levels are probably pretty low compared to most people though.

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Almost everything I have used for this card I’ve posted links to for easy shopping, in case you need one or five of them (#enableralert) but I don’t have any affiliate links or anything, this is just to make things easier for you to find what I have used. Just in case… I might have mentioned that Christmas is coming soon?

Take care and see you all soon!