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Video: Mini Ink Cube Techniques

by Jessica Frost-Ballas July 30, 2018 19 Comments

Good morning!! Today I'm sharing a few fun and easy ways to use your mini ink cubes to create a simple set of get well cards!  

I also have a video showing you how to create this look. You can watch the video below or in HD at our Youtube channel here!

I’m using several Bold Inks from Hero Arts to create abstract ocean backgrounds for my get well cards. For my first card I simply take each ink cube and press it to the Snow layering paper card panel before quickly swiping down.  I’m using Summer Sky, Aquatic, Deep Ocean, and Indigo hybrid Bold Inks for my card set. Those inks are available as mini ink cubes in the Tropical Waters pack.  For my second panel I press the ink cubes to the paper overlapping the colors.  My third card uses a similar idea but this time I swirl the pads slightly as I apply them to the paper to create a different pattern. Finally I drag the ink pad across the fourth panel and overlap the colors to create a big wash of ombre blue. Then I dry them with my heat gun. These take a little longer to dry because I’ve applied so much ink to the paper. 

While the backgrounds are continuing to dry I stamp the sentiment from You and Me by the Sea onto Snow layering paper three times and heat-emboss it with silver embossing powder. I trim those down to three banners. Once my sentiments are done I test my backgrounds to make sure they’re totally dry by spooning a little embossing powder over them. If the embossing powder sticks to the panel then the ink isn't dry yet. Once they're dry I prep them with a powder tool and then stamp the cute whale tail on each background from You and Me by the Sea using white or silver embossing powder.

On one panel I emboss the sentiment directly onto the card panel with silver embossing powder. For the rest of the cards I adhere the sentiment using foam mounting tape. I vary the placement of each sentiment so the cards aren’t identical!  And that's it!

I hope this gives you some new ideas for how to use your mini ink cubes! :) Thanks so much for visiting and have an amazing day! 

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19 Responses

Ruth Standefer
Ruth Standefer

August 04, 2018

Love this video and the whale tail. Thanks

3kidmama
3kidmama

August 02, 2018

What a great idea for a blog post! I LOVE the card set you’ve created. Genius ideas AND beautiful cards as well!

barbara lassiter
barbara lassiter

August 01, 2018

These are so clever and a fun use of the ink cubes. Thanks for the technique ideas!

Adele Holcomb
Adele Holcomb

August 01, 2018

I love these! Simple and stunning!

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

August 01, 2018

Love these cards! Fast and cute with great color. I like the whale tail. Thanks for sharing the video!!

Lauren Z
Lauren Z

July 31, 2018

Thanks for sharing this great idea for quick, beautiful cards!

Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith

July 31, 2018

Such a great idea! Love using the mini ink cubes that way.

SarahC
SarahC

July 31, 2018

Love it. Really great simple idea for all my friends with summer colds. Thanks for sharing your idea

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

July 30, 2018

Lovely cards and great technique. This is realy a clean and simple way to make a few quick but gorgeous cards. Thank you Jess.

Julie
Julie

July 30, 2018

Beautiful cards—I love this technique but have larger pads. Will give it a try with a brush.

Maureen Chandler
Maureen Chandler

July 30, 2018

What a terrific use of the ink cubes – love these cards!! Thanks so much for the video – I’m off to play with mine!!!

Marjorie
Marjorie

July 30, 2018

Beautiful. I love your technique with the mini cubes and the colors are gorgeous. The whale is just perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Helen
Helen

July 30, 2018

What a great technique for a quick but colorful card! Watching you create the various options had me thinking “I can do this!” I have many mini-cubes in related colors—can’t wait to try this with a variety of images and sentiments. Thanks for sharing your card designs and video.

Mary McCaslin
Mary McCaslin

July 30, 2018

Can you tell me what kind of paper you are using for these fabulous cards? It looks like it could be Bristol? Thanks, Jess, now I simply MUST have these inks! My pocket book is screaming!

Beverly Jordan
Beverly Jordan

July 30, 2018

Such brilliant ways to use these mini cubes!!! Loved the whale’s tail and sentiment from the You and me by the sea stamp you chose especially for this!

Ana Korban
Ana Korban

July 30, 2018

Cute card. Good idea! Thanks for sharing!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

July 30, 2018

Creative and cool work! :)

Em
Em

July 30, 2018

Love this clever group of cards and easy technique. And the music….so beautiful!

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

July 30, 2018

That is a fun technique Jessica! And what a great set of cards!! Thanks for sharing.