Hand Stamped Floral Birthday Card Making Idea Featuring Ink Blending

Here’s an idea for making a DIY birthday card featuring a hand-stamped floral bouquet, some shimmery metallic details, pretty printed washi tape and a blended ink background.

(This is actually a LOT prettier in person, because the shimmery metallics didn’t photograph well.)

Birthday Card Featuring Ink Blending and a Hand Stamped Floral Bouquet Image by Hero Arts.

Birthday Card Featuring Ink Blending and a Hand Stamped Floral Bouquet Image by Hero Arts.

I was inspired to make this card because the AWESOME people over at Hero Arts are having a challenge with the theme of “Blend It Up”. To fulfill the requirements of the challenge, each project entered must include ink blending in some form. There are mind-boggling numbers of possible ways to incorporate ink blending into your paper crafts projects; you can make bold rainbows, subtle blends or anything in between. One of the most straightforward things you can do is use ink blending techniques on white cardstock to make colorful papers to use in handmade cards. So that’s exactly what I did here.

How to Make Birthday Card Like This One

There are different ways you could approach making a card like this. I tend to make cards in batches, and this approach is different than the approach you’d take if you just want to make a single card.

If you make a lot of paper crafts project, the batch approach is typically going to be the most efficient use of your time and also the most cost-effective use of your supplies — because you waste less ink if you stamp, assembly-line style, without cleaning your stamps in between each impression. I try to stamp the same image using the same ink color at least 10 times before I clean the stamp and move on to stamping a different image or a different color. Later, when I’m ready to put together a card, a scrapbook layout or a planner layout, I have plenty of stamped images to use for making my projects. It speeds up the crafting process tremendously.

If I’m ink blending, I also tend to do that in big batches — making big batches of ink blended papers that I can later use in paper crafts projects. It is easiest to make a bunch of papers at once and let them dry before organizing them in your paper organizers and having them on hand to use.

The background paper I used in this card was made using ink blending techniques. For ink blending, I typically use several different tools and supplies including ink blending tools, misters and sponge brushes. If you’re new to paper crafts, or you don’t know how to do ink blending, I invite you to check out my article on ink blending techniques. That article includes tips and advice for how to get started.

Craft Supplies You’ll Need for Making a Birthday Card Like This One

You can use a mister, water and ink from reinkers for an easy ink blending technique.

You can use a mister, water and ink from reinkers for an easy ink blending technique.

  • Stamps: You’ll need a floral stamp to use as the focal image for your card and a sentiment stamp to use for the birthday greeting. The floral stamp I used here is from the Togetherness stamp set by Hero Arts. The sentiment is from the “Happy Birthday” Stamping Village collaboration where the stamps included are all birthday themed.
  • Ink Pads: You’ll need at least two ink pads for creating this design; you’ll need one for stamping the floral bouquet and one for stamping the sentiment. I also used the same ink pad for inking around the edges of my papers. I used Kitch Flamingo Distress Oxide for stamping the floral bouquet and Dusty Concord Distress Oxide ink for stamping the birthday sentiment. I used Dusty Concord for inking around the edges of the papers.
  • Reinkers: I used all the reinkers you see pictured above to make my batch of ink blended papers. This batch of papers includes Milled Lavender Distress Oxide, Robin’s Egg Distress Oxide, Scattered Straw Distress Oxide, Bundled Sage Distress Oxide, Pearlescent Sky Brilliance Ink, and Jelly Bean Green dye ink by Gina K Designs. I made these papers by diluting the inks with water, putting a couple of colors together in the mister, squirting the papers at random, and then adding a couple more ink colors to the mister and squirting the papers at random again. I did a bunch of blending and squirting like that until the papers were covered with ink. It resulted in some splattery, splotchy papers that are fairly light in color, which is what I was hoping for. This type of background makes an ideal surface for stamping on directly — which is what I did here.
  • Sakura Gelly Roll metallic pens – I used purple, green and gold gelly rolls to color selected parts of the stamped floral image.
  • White cardstock
  • You’ll need two different washi tape designs; I used a leafy print washi tape by Recollections and a subtle floral print washi tape from the Papillon collection by Happy Planner. You can use whatever washi tape you think will look good with your chosen supplies.
  • A small geometric stencil like an oval or rectangle for tracing around your stamped sentiment – or a small oval die cut if you prefer to use a die cutter for cutting out your shape.
  • Scoring Tool for Paper such as a scoring board or bone folder
  • Paper cutter and scissors
  • Adhesive: You can use the adhesive of your choice to put this project together. I used Cherry Tape for mine.
  • How to Make This Birthday Card

    Birthday Card Making Idea Featuring a Floral Bouquet Image, Ink Blending and Washi Tape Border

    Birthday Card Making Idea Featuring a Floral Bouquet Image, Ink Blending and Washi Tape Border

    Make a card base by cutting, scoring and folding a piece of ink blended paper to the size you want it.

    Ink around the edges of the card base using Dusty Concord Distress Oxide Ink, or the ink color of your choice.

    Set the card base aside and work on the floral image. First, stamp your floral image using Kitch Flamingo Distress Oxide or the ink color of your choice.

    Color in selected parts of the floral image using Sakura metallic Gelly Roll pens. I mostly liked how the colors in the background fell within the flowers in the floral bouquet, so I didn’t do much to color the flowers. I did color the flower centers on the small daisies gold, and I colored the daisy petals purple. I also colored the greenery and leaves green. Other than that, I just let the ink-blended background shine through. If you make your own version of this card, you can color as much or as little of your stamped image as you like.

    Let everything dry before proceeding.

    Fussy-cut around the floral image and attach it to a contrasting piece of ink-blended paper. Cut the background paper down to size and ink around the edges using Dusty Concord Distress Oxide Ink or the ink color of your choice.

    Attach the floral image to the card base using the adhesive of your choice.

    Stick two strips of washi tape underneath the floral image.

    Stamp the birthday sentiment using Dusty Concord Distress Oxide ink or your preferred ink color. I stamped the sentiment onto a small leftover scrap of my ink blended paper; then I traced around it using a geometric stencil shape. Then I fussy-cut around the shape using scissors. You can die cut your shape if you prefer.

    Attach the stamped sentiment to the card front.

    The card is now ready to personalize and send to the recipient of your choice.

    Over to You

    Did you participate in the Hero Arts “Blend It Up” challenge? If so, how did your project(s) turn out?

    Did you make a card similar to this one? If so, how did it turn out?

    We welcome any feedback and insights you have to contribute on the topic of this card, ink blending, or crafts in general. You’re invited to leave a comment in the comments area below.

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    Posted By: Amy Solovay

    This page was last updated on May 1, 2022.

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