I am LOVING the Color Fuse Ink from Rubbernecker and today I want to share some inking techniques using them plus some maple leaves cut from plain old white card stock. I really love how these beautifully shaded and blended leaves pop off the white background. For this card I used the Maple Leaves and a sentiment from the Splatter Leaves clear set.

a simple card with vibrant leaves created using inking techniques

The Card Base and Sentiment

  • Cut the A2 sized card base using white cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the card base using black ink.  Note:  I love how Versafine Clair ink creates such a crisp image for sentiments.
  • Use white card stock to cut two layers:
    • 2.00″ x 5.50 and 2.25″ x 5.50″
  • Apply Pumpkin ink to the edges of the 2.25″ wide layer. using a mini applicator.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the 2.00″ wide layer and attach it to the 2.25″ layer.
  • Use strips of mounting tape to attach the two layers to the card base.

inking techniques were used to create these vibrant fall leaves on this simple handmade card

Color the Leaves

  • Cut one set of the Maple leaves using white cardstock.
  • Apply Fern ink to about 1/3 of each leaf using a mini applicator.
  • Next apply Crimson ink to another section of each leaf using a mini applicator.
  • Finish covering the leaves with Pumpkin ink using a mini applicator.
  • Apply a very light touch of Pumpkin ink over all three colors to blend them all together and to eliminate the patchwork appearance of the first ink applications.
  • Apply a light touch of Pecan ink to the center and stem of each leaf to add an additional depth of color.
  • Gently form each leaf with your fingers, apply pieces of mounting tape to each and attach them to the card base.

Three vibrant paper maple leaves handmade for this greeting card using inking techniques

Here are the products used for this card.

5215D 3 Maple Leaves Die
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3019 Splatter Leaves
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #3
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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These inking techniques aren’t just for leaves! Try them out on other shapes and watch them transform right before your eyes!  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a good day.