Masculine Birthday Card using ink blending

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

My mother-in-law is 95 and doesn't get out much anymore, so I volunteered to make a birthday card for her grandson whose birthday was in early July.

I was inspired by Noreen Brungardt when I saw her demonstrate the Mountain Air stamp set. Her card was much more intricate than this one, though. Feel free to check out her You Tube channel, Joy of Cards. (

I also used the Mountain Air stamp set. There are coordinating dies; however I chose to stick with just the stamps.

Start by stamping the moon and mountain range on some copier paper and cut out. I suppose you could use the dies if you have them, but I simply fussy-cut them. These will be used to mask those areas while coloring the background.

My card base was Evening Evergreen, 8.5" x5.5", scored at 4.25".

Start with a piece of Basic White, 5.5" x 4.25". (You will trim it to the necessary size after you have completed all of the coloring and stamping.) Lay out the stamps in the approximate locations you want them. Using a low-tack adhesive such as tape runner (be sure to touch the adhesive a lot to make it less sticky), then apply the moon and mountain range masks where you had previously placed the stamps.

Using the lightest color first, I applied Daffodil Delight with a blending brush that had been tapped off and barely colored around the moon mask. Don't clean that brush yet as you will use it again in a few minutes.

I then used a clean blending brush and applied Balmy Blue and Pacific point to the rest of the sky, ensuring I did not get too close to the moon area. Blend the ink all the way to the mountain range, actually blending on top of the mask paper. You can also add a little Night of Navy to the edges of the card or if you want your sky to be darker. A word of caution, Night of Navy is a very dark color, so be sure to tap the brush off onto scratch paper first. Remember, you can always make it darker but it is super painful trying to make it lighter afterwards!

I colored the foreground with a blending brush, first with Old Olive, then with Mossy Meadow. Once completed, I removed the mask papers and any residue adhesive. (Note: some people prefer to stamp, then mask and blend ink. I found I couldn't blend the ink close enough to the stamped images, which left a white margin. By doing my blending with masks first, I was able to see through the photopolymer stamps and know exactly where to apply my image. Choose whichever method you prefer.)

Mountain Air stamp set is one of many two-step stamp sets. There is a stamp for the image, such as the moon, and another stamp to fill in the color. I used Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight for the moon. If desired, use the blending brush with Daffodil Delight ink to go over the moon glow area. I only used the outline stamp for the mountains, stamping in Basic Gray, and the treeline, using Evening Evergreen.

Once you are satisfied with your stamping and color blending, trim the paper to 5.25" x 4". Adhere it to the front of your card base with your adhesive of choice.

The sentiment comes from the recently retired stamp set Itty Bitty Birthdays stamped in Evening Evergreen. The tag was finished using the Lovely Label Pick-a-punch and embellished with two black matte gems.

Inside: Top sentiment comes from the recently retired Walk in the Woods;

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