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Most Productive Thing You Can Do Is Relax - In the Moments

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I have a fun little card to share with you using the In the Moments Stamp Set, some Masking Paper, and a little Ink Blending. Have you ever wanted to get clean edges when you are ink blending, but just couldn't get it to work? Well, I am here to help you with you problem today.

handmade card by Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Rick Adkins

Tips & Tricks:

Start out by cutting a piece of Basic White Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Stamp the sentiment and the image that you want to use in Versamark Ink and add some Clear Embossing Powder over it from the Basics Stampin' Emboss Powders. Heat set as normal. Take four strips of Stampin' Up! Masking Paper cut to size and a sheet of Grid Paper. Add the card front to the Grid Paper and line it up on the lines. I prefer the large Grid Paper for this with the bold center lines. I line up the card front in the center of the Grid Paper then use the strips of masking paper to tape off the edges and secure it in place. I also use the lines on the Grid Paper so that I have equal space around the card front.

handmade card by Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Rick Adkins

Once I have everything lined up I simply start the ink blending process with my Blending Brushes and my chosen Ink Color. Today I used Starry Sky Classic Ink for the ink blending. Now, your ink blending at first will not look pretty the trick with ink blending is you have to add more ink and keep going until you get it the way you want it to look. Once you have the desired darkness of color remove the strips of Stampin' Up! Masking Paper to reveal the clean edges. At this point I like to take a paper towel (Viva is my preferred choice) and buff off any excess ink from the embossing. Sometimes I will also reheat set the embossing with my Heat Tool if the embossing looks a little dull. The heat setting it again brings back the shine to the embossing powder, it doesn't take a lot. So, go slow and be careful.

handmade card by Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Rick Adkins

Now you can add the card front to a card base or if you need to trim it down a little to make the edges straight because maybe you didn't line it up perfectly when you taped it down with the Stampin' Up! Masking Paper. Sometimes this happens especially if we are in a hurry or time is short. It's Okay! Just remember that's why we cut the Basic White Cardstock to a quarter sheet in the first place so that we had a little extra room just in case we needed to do a little card surgery.

Thanks for dropping by today I hope these tips help you to get super clean edges on your cards. If you need any of the supplies I mentioned today you can pick them up in my online store by using the provided links in the shopping list below.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

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