Do you enjoy making blended ink backgrounds for your cards? I do, too, but they don’t always come out looking as ‘wow’ as those I see others make. Too often, no matter what I do, I end up with splotchy sponge marks on the cardstock. Ugh!
So last night, while creating a sunset sky for the Magical Day unicorn, I tried something new: double blending. And — finally — I love the results. Not only is the background free of sponge marks, but it also has a fun, somewhat chalky, oxidized look to it!
Double Blending with a Blender Pen
What did I do differently? Just one little thing. After blending all of the inks onto the cardstock, I then blended them a second time with a blender pen!
Most often, we use blender pens with dye inks to color stamped images.
But these specialty pens work differently if you don’t add ink to them. The colorless solution inside them then acts more like an ‘eraser’, first spreading and smoothing the ink, and then ultimately removing it.
So on my background, I first colored in a tight circular motion — like when applying the inks — over the sponge marks, to smooth them out. Then, I used a much looser circular motion on the rest of the background. This way, the ink only faded in the areas that the blender pen touched, creating that somewhat chalky, oxidized effect.
I also used the blender pen to pull just a tiny bit of color from the background up into the solid white clouds.
Tips for Double Blending
Want to try double blending your own backgrounds for a fun oxidized effect? Here are some things I’ve figured out that I hope you’ll find helpful:
- The solution in the blender pens seems to fix the ink in place after a bit. So apply all of the ink you want to the cardstock before you go over the background with your blender pen.
- If you used masks when creating the original background, leave them in place while using the blender pen, to avoid getting ink where you don’t want it.
- Be sure to use a clean blender pen. It doesn’t matter if it’s stained, as long as it doesn’t have any active ink in the tip.
- You may also want to use different blender pens to blend out the various ink colors, to avoid muddying them. Although I used just one blender pen for my whole background, you might get different results, and I’d hate for you to ruin a lovingly made background that way.
- To avoid creating splotches (instead of smoothing them out), color over the inked background in a circular motion with your blender pen, just like when applying the original ink.
- Use a light hand with your blender pen, and don’t go over any one area too many times. Otherwise, the cardstock will start to rub away in areas.
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