Design Team Tips with Michelle Leone

Join Michelle Leone today as she shares how to mask ink blending to showcase sentiments.

“I love, love ink blending…. and how it can easily create a layered look with very little effort! I’ve placed my 1″ masking tape at the bottom of my card front panel and blended a few colors (Harvest Gold/PTI, Tumbled Glass/Tim Holtz), lined up my sentiment just under that crisp line and then added my floral images and petite butterfly. Crisp and clean all the way – AND so simple that I was able to create a whole bunch of CAS cards to add to my stash. The coordinating envelopes were the finishing touch!”


  • STAMPS: Flower Favorites, Happy Hearts, Keep It Simple: Birthday
  • INK: Scarlett Jewel, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst, Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Weathervane
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, Pale Peony, Bitty Big: Pure Poppy, Bitty Big: Berry Sorbet, Bitty Big: Raspberry Fizz, Bitty Big: Pale Peony
  • DIES: Flower Favorites, Notes: Simply Stitched A2 Vertical
  • OTHER: Versafine Onyx, Distress Tumbled Glass, dimensional tape, #M masking tape, Picket Fence Studios blending brushes, WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

CLICK HERE to visit Michelle’s blog to see more!

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Join the discussion 7 Comments

  • 1
    christal mclean says:

    Those sweet daisies are delightful and so needed this time of year. I love the masking technique and forget how much of a statement it makes. Thank you for sharing this with us today.

  • 2
    Kim FULLER says:

    Hi Michelle, love all your inspiration!! Want to ask about the clear stamps you used in the first image. It looks like the bloom is separate from the stem so you can easily stamp separately with different colors, but when I look at the actual stamp set, it looks like it’s all one piece. Did you just cut them apart?

    • 2.1
      Michelle Leone says:

      Kim, many thanks for your kind words!
      Both the bloom and the stem are separate (so no need to cut apart) AND most of the stamps from Flower Favorites are two step images (with the exception of the lupine), so you are able to color layer the florals and stems.

  • 3
    Catherine Milne says:

    Fresh, simple and oh, so pretty!

  • 4
    Birgit A Norton says:

    These are simply beautiful Michelle!

  • 5
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    Michelle, these are really lovely on their own but I am VERY grateful for your inspiration, which is a big help for mass production. Along with Kelly’s post, I think I can now mass produce with more confidence and FUN! I especially love your matching envelopes! 🙂

  • 6
    Lisa Mendoza says:

    These are some of the prettiest simple cards I’ve ever seen. I just love this set a whole lot. I’ll surely be using this technique to create some of my own. Thanks for sharing!

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