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Trapped Ink Mandala Stencil

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Today's card project uses the Trapped Ink technique, where you lay down your ink and embossing using clear embossing ink. You then add black ink over the entire image and the ink trapped under the clear embossing shines through. Today, I will be using a stencil that has a lot of detail. Adding black ink over colored ink gives a bright, vivid result. I will be using Gina K. Designs inks, cardstock and products. Let's get started!!

I start with a 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" White cardstock square panel. Using Purple Tape, I center and adhere to the back of my Square Mandala Stencil. I flip the stencil over to do some ink blending. Using my Blender Brushes, I start my blending with Pink Passion ink blending at the top left corner, then fading out a little. I then use Wild Dandelion ink, blending onto the panel and fading out, I also blend back into the previous pink ink to create my orange. The next color I use, is Blue Raspberry ink. I lay down color onto my panel and fade out, then blend back into the previous yellow ink to create the green color. I finish my ink blending using Wild Lilac ink onto the bottom right corner, blending back into the previous color a bit.

Leaving the stencil still attached to the inked panel, I take my Embossing Ink Pad and press it onto my inked panel, through the stencil. Once I have the entire panel inked well, I carefully remove the stencil and pour Clear Embossing Powder onto the inked panel and heat set.

Taking a Jumbo Sponge Dauber, I ink it with Black Onyx ink and blend over the entire embossed panel covering all white areas. I then take a dry soft cloth and gently buff the embossed area to remove any remaining black ink.

I take my blended panel and mount it onto a 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" Black Onyx Cardstock square panel, then onto a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square Key Lime card base.

For my sentiment, I cut a 1/2" x 3 3/4" strip of Key Lime cardstock and stamp a sentiment from my Wealth Of Wishes using Embossing Ink, then add Black Embossing Powder then heat set. I then mount my sentiment strip onto a 5/8" x 3 3/4" strip of Black Onyx Cardstock and mount onto the front of my card using Foam Tape. I add some clear Water Droplets using Connect Liquid Glue, and this completes my card.

For this special size, 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square card, I wanted to show you how to make a square envelope out of a regular A2 envelope. *This card will also fit into an A2 envelope, there will just be extra room on each side.

Taking a regular A2 envelope, trim off 1/4" on each side of the envelope. Using Terrific Tape, I add along the outside edge of each side flap up to the bottom crease. I remove the release paper and fold the envelope back together.

I hope you enjoyed today's card project. Making different size cards other than A2 size is fun and changes things up a bit. Envelopes can be trimmed down to fit or can be custom made using an envelope punch board. I encourage you to try making a card of different size than you normally would.

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  1. Beautiful card. The black gives it a stained glass look. Thanks for sharing this amazing technique, and the way to increase the size of the envelope.

  2. So beautiful & what a great technique! When using the black, how do you keep it off the colored parts? I'm confused about that.

    1. Thank you! The clear embossing over the colored areas keeps the black from contaminating the colors. The black will only adhere to the areas without clear embossing. Remember to lightly buff the embossed areas to remove any black ink remaining. Hope this clears things up, let me know if you have any further questions!

  3. Wow!! Love this so much! Thanks for the excellent way you shared the technique too!

  4. This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, it's a very inspiring card!

  5. Thanks for playing along in this month's MMC over at Gina K. Designs. Gorgeous card and a great visual tutorial!

    1. I love Gina K products! Thank you for your kind words Rema!!

  6. Thanks for sharing this great technique and all the exact measurements for your cards. For those of us who struggle to figure out exactly how to create those nice skinny black layers!

    1. You are welcome Lisa! Measurements can be a pain, I'm glad you found them useful! Have fun creating!!


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