A Beautiful Card Trio

Hello Friends! Leigh here, with a set of  bright and cheery birthday cards using Vicki Boutin inks, stamps, and stencils. The cards were inspired by Laura Bassen and her style. I wanted to focus on the lovely pigments in the Vicki Boutin collection and so each card has ink-blending through one of her stencils.


All three cards utilized an ink blend technique, with one warm, one cool, and one rainbow. I stamped the sentiments in white pigment ink and heat embossed white embossing powder for all the sentiments with stamps from Vicki Boutin. TIP: tape down your card stock first, and then the stencil when ink blending, to avoid any shifting.


I used the Vicki Boutin Color Wheel Inks in the cool palette through the butterfly stencil. The inks are nice and juicy so they stay workable for a long time, allowing you to go back and blend more if you need to smooth out the transition from one color to the next. The pigment ink in the color wheel allows you to heat emboss with clear powder, so that the chosen color shows. I heat embossed several different ink colors onto vellum with the VB butterfly stamps.


I used the circle stencil to blend all the warm and cool colors to form a rainbow with the clean white background. I tape down each stencil with painter’s tape (or a similar low tack tape) so it stays put while I blend the ink over it. Simply blend one color, and when you reach the area in which you want to change color, blend the second color in the opposite direction up into the first color so they transition well. The Vicki Boutin Creative FX Glaze in the iridescent color was watered down slightly to make a splatter in a diagonal across the card front. One of the VB embellishment pack epoxy circles as used on this card too, along with some craft sequins.


The warm inks were used with the floral stencil from lightest to darkest. I started with bright yellow, golden yellow, light pink, dark pink, then red last on this warm color card. I used the stamps and coordinating dies to create the focal point floral image and the top layer was stamped and heat embossed on vellum. I then blended two different greens onto the leaf stamp and fussy cut them out with detail scissors.

I like to make these ink-blended cards in batches with several different stencils when I have my inks out and open, and you can quickly create card fronts to use at a later date as well. Do you have any go-to techniques for batch processing cards, or do you always make one at a time?

Thank you for joining me today, and happy crafting, Leigh.


SUPPLIES: Vicki Boutin: Color Wheels Inks (#343901, #343902), Mixed Media Brushes (#346450), Stamps (#343894, #346453, Creative FX Iridescent Glaze (#343915), Embellishments (#343896), Stencils (#346452)