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 One Card 3 Ways - How to Use Blender Brushes

Pull out those Blender Brushes and get ready to ink them up! Or even better, pull out all those backgrounds you created that you didn’t like! I’ll show you how to spice them up into something you’ll love and how to do one card 3 ways.

One Card 3 Ways

Some get very intimidated when it comes to blending backgrounds for cards. Will it be blended enough? Is it smooth enough? Have I used the right colors? Let’s stop thinking about all the things that can wrong and just go for it and see what happens. What do you have to lose right? In conclusion, my video will show you that no matter how well you’ve blended or not has no bearing and your cards. Moreover, I bet they will turn out perfectly!

No matter what dies you have in your stash there is sure to be something you can use to recreate these cards. I made one card 3 ways as an example of the possibilities. Therefore giving you a lot of variation and inspiration. You can do any shape, such as triangles, circles, ovals, or squares. There are so many images dies that will work here also. Are your wheels turning already? Get excited because you’ll be making these fun and easy cards in no time!

One Card 3 Ways - How to Use Blender Brushes

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One Card 3 Ways Instructions

Cutting your cardstock:

  • Cut a side folding A2 (5-1/2 X 4 – 1/4) size card from any white cardstock.
  • Cut 1 piece of Basic Black Cardstock for your card Mat (5-3/8 X 4-1/8) and another for your card insert with white cardstock.
  • Lastly, you will need a piece of 5-1/4 X 4 white cardstock for your cardfront and another piece the same size for blending and die cutting.

Blending & Heat Embossing:

  • Choose 3 colors that compliment each other. If you have a hard time finding complimenting colors choose them from THIS Color Combination Guide. When you aren’t sure if 2 colors should go next to one another try using a color wheel to see what happens when 2 colors are blended or mixed. If they don’t make a nice color, start over and choose another 3 colors.
  • Once you’ve selected the 3 colors blend them at an angle starting in one corner. Blend each color to cover about 1/3 of the cardstock. I find that if my ink pad is very juicy I get a nice deep blend which I really like. However, if your ink pads are not very juicy it gives you a little wiggle room when blending because you can’t pick up too much ink with your blender brush.
  • Follow the video tutorial above for real time tips and tricks for blending.
  • Once your backgrounds are blended choose some background stamps to do some heat embossing. I chose to use white embossing powder, but many different colors will work depending on the color of your background.
  • Optional: Use my White Gouache Splatter Mixture to splatter the backgrounds before die-cutting.
One Card 3 Ways - How to Use Blender Brushes

Die Cutting:

  • Choose any shapes you would like. If you choose to use the same shapes I’ve shown in the examples I’ve conveniently included photos of the dies placements for you below.
  • I used the Retired Happy Birthday Die to create the word “Happy” and the Retired Monogram Messages to create the “Birthday”. The word birthday was heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • If you choose to emboss your card fronts it will give your card some added texture which is always pleasing.
Stitched Stars Dies Placement
Stitched Leaves Placement
Circles Placement

Assembly & Final Touches:

  • Arrange then mount all the die cut images with some dimensionals. Leaving one o 2 to glue directly to the card front. Again, adding dimension and texture to your card.
  • Adhere the word happy directly to the images but mount the word “Birthday” if you like the way it looks.
  • As you can see I chose not to use any extra gems, rhinestones or embellishments. I found the card was perfect the way it looked in the photos. Simple, yet surprisingly full of dimension and texture!
One Card 3 Ways - How to Use Blender Brushes

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