Borrowed Inspiration | Ink Blending + Die Cutting with Tasha

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Hey crafty people!

Today I’m sharing some ink blended, die cut birthday card goodness and talking borrowed inspiration!

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Borrowed Inspiration

This week I sat down intending to make a card for my Saturday Inspiration, and the creativity just, did not want to flow! I’m sure I aren’t alone in this?
Sometimes I look at my stash and I just feel so overwhelmed, and I don’t even know where to start!

That’s one of the times when I really feel how lucky I am to have some pretty awesome crafty friends! I hit up Jeni and asked her to give me some prompts or a place to start; ink blending and die cutting.

Those two prompts were enough to give me a base to start at and taking that pressure off really helped me to tap into my creativity.
So, please don’t ever think that you can’t borrow a little inspiration when you need it!

Blog Borrowed Inspiration

Ink Blending

I started with the ink blending, so I grabbed three of the Date Night inks in colours that spoke of Sunsets to me (you’ll understand why later, I promise!)

Do Si Do, Catching Rays and Chiffon.

I used my Blending Buddy brushes to add a really soft amount of ink to an a2 panel of Neenah 80lb. It didn’t need to be a perfect blend because I knew I’d be stencilling over the top.

Once I had this base down, I grabbed my Square Dance stencil and taped this to my panel from behind, so that I would be able to have the pattern across the whole panel.
Then I blended the same colour over the top of my blended panel, but this time I laid down a much deeper concentration so that the stencil pattern would really pop!

The double blended technique gives a really cool tone on tone look that is so easy to achieve but really looks fabulous!

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Die Cutting

Once I was happy with my panel I ran it through my die cut machine with the new Sunburst Stripes Cover Plate die.
This was why I chose colours that had a sunset feel, I thought this would work well with this new cover plate die for an abstract background.

I glued the now die cut panel straight onto an a2 card base made from Neenah 110lb card stock.

For my sentiment I used some Essentials dies from Pinkfresh Studio; I love that their sentiment dies come with a shadow die as well! The dies that I used are a separate set from the large sentiment packs, but you can get this sentiment in the Phrase Builder Happy die set.

I used Neenah 110lb for the words and added a vellum shadow to help diffuse the background. To embellish I used some flat back pearls from Trinity Stamps called Something New.

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That’s it!

Next time you are feeling creatively stuck, try asking for a little borrowed inspiration!

You can check out a super fun reels video that I have done for this card over on Instagram!

I will be back at the normal time next week for more inspiration!

Stay Crafty!!!



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Find the card and ink supplies here and the basic craft supplies here


Find more inspiration by Tasha here at the Tutorial blog

and around social media at her blog, YouTube, Facebook & Instagram

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