Today’s card for my Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) is from the “Easy Ink Blending Techniques” class.

I used the two branch stamps from the “Botanical Garden” set and embossed them in white embossing powder.  There are 2 versions, one on a panel and one on the front of a card base.  For both I stamped the branches all over the cards so there was a texture of white on white.  Using Purple Tape from Thermoweb, I taped off a section to blend with inks.

There are only 3 colors of ink used on these cards – Altenew Crimson, Fresh Lemon and Persian Blue.  I applied them with a set of makeup brushes from Amazon.  The brushes are amazing to blend with.   There are also some very small ones that are great for those small spaces.  My ink pads were the mini cubes and I managed some great coverage.

I first applied a layer of each color in a third of the taped section.  Then I went back in with the red and blue and applied a light layer going into the yellow.  Then I used the yellow brush to blend in and was rewarded with some lovely tones of orange and green!  The the large flat brush was used to buff the entire section to further blend and bring out the white embossed branches.   Here is a closeup of the inked section, and you can see the white on white embossing more clearly.closeup

The “Hugs” is from the Tulip Stamp Set.  Because of the embossing all over the front, I needed a small word to fit in the white space.  I added a few raindrops on the inked section as they show up so well on inked areas.

The white card base was complete, and I mounted the panel to a red card base.  I usually like to put a white panel inside with a mat of some kind behind it.  Thinking I will just do some blending on the mat to match the front of the card.

This was a fun card to make, and I love the look of the blended inks with the white embossing!   Will be back soon with another class presentation – until then
Hugs – Mary Kay


  1. Beautifully blended panels! Gorgeous cards! I am so glad that you entered your beautiful work in the Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Thank you for sharing your creative process! Fabulous job!


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