Multi-Color Blended Stamping

Hello, friends! I am here today to show you the best way I have found to get multi-color, blended, stamped images. I also am part of a fun blog hop with fun new products!

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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There are many ways to create multi-color images, and I have tried them all! However, I find today’s method to give the best results. And it is easy. AND I have several examples!

This first card features the new-and-oh-so-adorable Essentials by Ellen Snailed It Stamp Set. To get the blended colors on the images, I inked the images with a Sponge Dauber… instead of bringing the Altenew Ink pads directly to the stamp. This way I can get the color where I want it. And I can control how heavy or light the inking is, which helps with blending.

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After stamping, I die cut the images and added them to a note card with the “thanks so mush” sentiment stamped repeatedly in Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink. I also used Black Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, White Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, and a Clear Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Pen for accents. I love the bright, blended colors against the grey, black, and white. (This was inspired by the oh-so-talented Julie Ebersole!)

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This technique requires you to stamp the same image several times on top of each other. It is helpful to use a stamping tool or positioner – I recommend the MISTI. However, you can carefully do the repeated stamping by looking through an acrylic block.

This snail and sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Snailed It Stamps is just too cute for words! I plan to mass produce this one.

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added little eyes to my snail. I first made tiny white drops and let it dry… then added even tinier black drops.

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also love the funny sentiment for the thistle image in the Essentials by Ellen Snailed It Stamp Set. I actually stamped this one with my sponge daubers and Zig Art and Graphic Twin Markers. Here you can see the blending from pink to green…

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For quick accents, I added several White Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card uses leaves from both the Essentials by Ellen Snailed It and Thistle Stamp Sets. Using the sponge daubers for inking allows you to get lots of color on one small image!

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My final card uses the gorgeous new Essentials by Ellen Thistle Stamp Set. I also added clear drops to the thistle for texture.

Multi Color Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Today I am participating in a blog hop celebrating the newest Essentials by Ellen release. It’s a fun one! You can see the new products HERE.

I am the last stop on the hop, so be sure to start at the beginning at the Ellen Hutson Blog.


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except Esssentials by Ellen and Altenew Inks. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.)

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82 thoughts on “Multi-Color Blended Stamping”

  1. Great cards Jennifer! Love the way the ink blending technique comes out. I can see how this would be beautiful with layering florals as well! Can’t wait to give it a try! Now onto the hop! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love these cards. The stamps ard cute and the colours you used make them really pop. The sentiments are vry ‘punny’ Live them. Although thanks for sharing 😌

  3. These are really wonderful Jennifer. That sailed it is too fun. Lots of goodness in this release. Thanks for inspiring.

  4. Great idea to blend with a sponge dauber. Love your colourfull stamped images, specially the leafs.
    Thank you for another inspirational video.

  5. These are beautiful. I love the way the cards the colors blend together. You always come up with innovative ways to accomplish great things. Thank you Jennifer. Question does this get me entered in the Bloghop? Or do I have to go somewhere else and leave a comment?

  6. Every time you do a video, the techniques and stamps become my new favorites!! These cards are so much fun. Thank you for sharing all the tips and techniques.

  7. Your cards turned out amazing. I loved the little snail he was so cute and all I could think of was snail mail. LOL. Good job and thank you for sharing.

  8. These are just amazing. I like that you can come out of your comfort zone and still make the cards so inspiring. Your techniques are what I look at most to challenge myself.

  9. Super cute! Love the stamped background idea! Gotta try it and of course the dauber effect! 🤗😍💓

  10. Two BIG thumbs up for stepping out of your box with these cards Jennifer!! They’re whimsical and just plain fun! Those mushrooms are adorable right along with that sweet snail! This is a great technique and since I actually have a bunch of those daubers I’m definitely going to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope your long weekend has been a great one. ~HUGS~

  11. Hi Jen! These cards are are your usual beautiful!
    Love the bright deep colors that you got! You sure are a busy girl and mother of ( how many?)
    And yet it seems like you are EVERYWHERE!! Everywhere that matters that is! I love how you
    did this . . . I might have to buy some more of those finger dabbers?

  12. I can’t wait to try this although I think I did something like this in my art class in high school. I think we called it variegating if I remember correctly.
    I love how bright and colorful all the cards are because that’s what I like to do, make things bright and colorful. I think that’s what people like, bright and colorful, because it makes them smile. I know it makes me smile and your cards totally made me smile. The snail and the thistle are so cute and the sayings are cute too. I love stuff like that!
    I’ll have to go back to the beginning of the blog hop and start from the beginning. Thanks for showing us your beautiful cards. I’m going to put this in my crafts folder so I can peruse it later when I have more time.

  13. Such cute cards! Love the added dimension the Nuvo drops give to all the cards & The background stamping is awesome. Love them all!!

  14. These cards are really beautiful. I love the quirky images – they are so Julie Ebersole! I also love the multi inking technique. It is really cool especially since we can use markers too. And I like the sentiments stamped in the background. Definitely want to try this one. I am off to check out rest of the hop now.

  15. Thanks for showing ways to blend colors when making your cards. I hadn’t thought about doing it with the mini daubers as you showed today. Going to try it tomorrow. I also think the snail is really cute and its sentiments are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  16. When I saw the snail set in my email earlier today from Ellen, I kept looking for the actual snail. I thought maybe it was a small die or set I had missed. Doh! I wasn’t expecting it to be a larger stamp! Snails go under the shrooms to me. But that thistle set is so cool. It reminds me of my gramma and many items she had from her home country of Scotland.

  17. Jam packed with useful techniques and ideas – I love that you ventured out of your comfort zone! Thank you for your efforts.

  18. Beautiful cards Jennifer!! Wow, love these! You definitely snailed it with your nod to Julie Ebersole. Just love the fun and playful cards, with that muted background and pops of black. Along with those gorgeous colours. I adore what Julie creates for Ellen but rarely buy as shipping is costly. Big sigh.. Thank you so much for sharing this fun technique with us. Adding to my list of Jennifer Techniques to try – I have one, really I do!!
    Lisa xx

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