Today, I have a card to share with you, using a new stamp set from Picket Fence Studios. This card features what I call Blending Brush Painting. Blending Brush Painting is technically just ink blending, but rather than just creating a simple gradient, you are creating a "scene" with some detail. I shared a similar tutorial on my blog previously, creating an Under the Sea Scene.
For this particular card, I filmed a video, showing the step-by-step tutorial to create the background. Each time you do ink blending, there is a little variation - sometimes intentional, sometimes not - depending on the amount of ink you use, and how far you blend it. But, by following the same steps, you will get fairly close. This tutorial also includes a little "craft fail" - that was TOTALLY my own fault - that I explain in the video.
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I started with an A2 piece of card stock taped to my work surface. I taped the Blending 3.5" Circle Stencil, to the bottom of the panel, and inked up the earth, using Speckled Egg, Mermaid Lagoon, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Inks, and the Life Changing Blender Brushes. Then I used a water brush, to add some atmosphere to the planet, by creating some swirly clouds. One of the smaller blending brushes was used with Tea Dye Distress Oxide Ink, to create land masses on the planet.
Once the earth was completed, I switched the stencil pieces around so that I could ink the space around the earth. Once again, I used the Life Changing Blender Brushes, this time with Speckled Egg, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot Distress Inks. Once the blending was to my liking, I used my water brush and sparkling ink to create stars.
After drying, I carefully removed the tape, and white heat embossed the "Peace on Earth" sentiment from the brand new Fancy Christmas Sentiments stamp set. The panel was trimmed by 1/4" on all sides, and adhered to a white note card.
I think sometimes this type of blending looks intimidating, but it really is just a simple matter of layering inks, while blocking out shapes - and the blending stencils are perfect for helping create a sun, moon, or planet! I hope you try this, and if you do, tag me on social media (@muchlovesara) so that I can see what you've created!