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Ink Blending to Add Highlights {NEW VIDEO}

Hey everyone! I’m back today with a trick on how to get a highlight or halo effect when ink blending. It’s so super easy and I bet you have have the supplies in your stash.

I’m showing the technique with these two adorably spooky Halloween cards. The ink blended background comes to life with the stencil I used for the trees. The Jack o’ Lantern is just the right touch to give the receiver of this card all the scary feels. Let’ jump into the creating, why don’t we!


  • Jack o’ Lantern die set – Hero Arts
  • Woodland Forest stencil – Hero Arts
  • Autumn Messages stamp set – Hero Arts
  • Distress Ink in Rustic Wilderness
  • Distress Ink in Prize Ribbon
  • Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire
  • Intense Black Ink – Hero Arts
  • Cardstock in orange, yellow and light blue
  • Ink Blending Tool (I used brushes)
  • Adhesive – liquid and foam tape

What’s the trick, you say?! Well, it’s really simple – start with colored cardstock! Yes, that’s right. I created this background on a piece of light blue cardstock. Doing this provided two benefits – 1) I didn’t have to lay down as much ink when ink blending, and 2) I was able to create a highlight between the Rustic Wilderness and Prize Ribbon inks. It worked especially well on this card because it gives a foggy effect as the line between the grass and the sky is blurred. Neat huh?! You could also use this to create a halo around an image or die cut. The colored cardstock helps so much!

See, I told you probably already had the stuff to do this trick! If you want to see me do this trick in person, check out my video below. You can also stop by my YouTube channel for more inspiration.

Until next time… Enjoy!

The Delta Crafter

The Delta Crafter

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