Hello there! One of the all-time go-to technique I like to use on cards is ink blending. This creates not only a wonderful background to set the tone for your card, but also allows us to get more usage out of any dye inks we already have.

Today marks the last day for me to share a project using Winni & Walter’s recent release! I wanted to create something warm but bold, colorful, and a lot of texture in the background. So, ink blending and detailed die cutting were the routes I took in creating this card.

One of the best ways to bring new life to your old and new products, in my opinion, is by mixing them up together. For this card, I am using the Multifaceted cutaway (old product), Cary Letters cutaway (new product), and Sentimental: Love stamp set (new product). You can create a limitless number of cards by mixing up products together!

To create this card, I first blended three ink colors on a bristol paper. Quick tip – if you ever had issues with getting a smooth, well-blended ink background on a regular cardstock, check out a bristol paper. You are going to LOVE working with inks on this paper. They blend effortlessly!!

After ink blending, I adhered some double sided tape on the back of it (without peeling off the backing yet) and then ran it through my die cutting machine using the Multifaceted cutaway. You get the above results so easily! Then you will want to peel offย the adhesive backing and attach the whole die cut piece onto a white cardstock. (You can also attach to the card base directly)

I dropped some waterย on the die cut piece and blotted with a clean tissue to create a bleached look. If you use any water-based dye inks or distress inks, you will be able to get this result right away.

For sentiments/focal points of the card, I used theย Cary Letters cutaway multiple times to create a dimensional “YOU” word and stamped one of the greetings from the Sentimental: Love stamp set and heat embossed it in white on a black paper. The strip of the embossed sentiment was attached using some foam dots to create more dimensions on the card.

A few clear droplets were a perfect finishing touch to bring everything together.

I hope you’ve been enjoying seeing projects from me every Saturday of this month! If you were inspired and creating something and had fun, that means I did my job correctly! Thank you very much for spending each Saturday with me! Hugs!


I am giving away $30 gift certificate to Winnie & Walter! Throughout March, leave me a comment below for each W&W post and you will be entered to win! One comment per post, please. I will pick a lucky winner at the end of the month. Good luck!


Updated 03/30/2017 — Congrats, Jane! You are a randomly chosen winner for my W&W series giveaway! Please email me (lovescrapsandstamps@gmail.com) to claim your prize!

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  1. Great idea to put the double adhesive sheet on the back! A lovely card! I very recently started using Bristol paper. Thanks for that tip.

  2. Love your cards. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. Your ink blending is perfect. I just have to keep practicing.

  3. Hi Nicole. I have really enjoyed your Winnie & Walter posts! I love the ink blending on this card and the way you used the Multi-faceted Cutaway! Your card is awesome!

  4. Beautiful card ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the ink blended background with the subtle design in it. Stunning!

  5. I’m loving all your Winnie & Walter posts. I just got some Bristol paper and I’m going to try out this technique. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. What a beautiful card! I love the colours you’ve used for the background and the texture is wonderful too!

  7. I love ink blending too and this background is gorgeously colored with a subtle pattern from the Cutaway, wow!

  8. Fabulous color blending and I love the water droplet technique. I also like that your reminder to reuse old items like a die in a different way. I have lots of dies and will definitely try using them for embossing.

  9. What a beautiful background. Love the subtle fading of one color into the next and adding the die-cut as an embossed part of that really makes it show with the colors. Great card!! Thanks for the tip of adding adhesive to the background page – will have to give that a try.

  10. Very impressive ink blended background. You have done a fabulous job of focusing our attention on the sentiment with a lot of visual interest.

  11. What a great idea. I have some large dies like that, and I
    never thought of using them with doublesided tape.
    Enjoyed your month with us. Thanks for all the ideas.

  12. I really like that background. I have never done that before and holding it together with adhesive is genius!

  13. Love this card. I actually have this die and can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  14. What a lovely card. Love your background, especially with the embossed pattern added. Will definitely have to try that. Thanks for the neat tips. I have tried the Bristol paper and you are so right about how beautifully it blends.

  15. Love your color combo! Thanks for the tip regarding Bristol paper – I recently purchased some and will have to try ink blending on it.

  16. I always enjoy and learn from your videos. Thanks for all the inspiration! Beautiful card!

  17. Nice idea. Always love your work. Clean, simple n amazing. Keep up n give us more the skill n technics. Thank you

  18. Very nice card. I’ve been seeing a lot of recommendations on the Bristol paper. Thank you for your thoughts on it. I will have to get some really soon.

  19. Oh, this is just so incredibly beautiful!!! I love the gorgeous colors. Your background technique is fabulous. The little dew drops are just perfect to finish it off. Wonderful card!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  20. I am fairly new to card crafting and have been dealing with the problem of going blank when I look at a blank piece of card stock and deciding where to start. I was thrilled to find your directions for how to do an ink blended die cut background. I will be able to follow easily and get some cards completed at last.
    Thank you,

  21. A beautiful card and yes, it is inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I need to go get making something ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Nicole, I love the colors and the background of your card! It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  23. I love the blending. This is something I am not very good at but I keep practicing! Love the card!

  24. Great card, Nicole! Love the colours you pickes. Thanks for the advise about bristol paper, it’s often challenging for me to blend inks flawlessly ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Thanks for sharing a beautiful but simple card, and for the tip of die cutting with foam tape, so easy!

  26. Beautiful card with soft colours. I have recently purchased my first winnie and walter stamp set for baby cards ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. The colors you chose are gorgeous and really enhance the lovely die and sentiment. Thanks for sharing a lovely card!