Ink Diffusion with Ink Potion No. 9

Sending Warm Thoughts

by Neva Cole

Autumn themed handmade card beaturing a blended watercolor look using Memento Dye Inks and Ink Potion No. 9 and Hero Art's layering stamps by Neva Cole

With the changing of seasons into fall we are surrounding by nature and the wonderful colors of autumn. The air is a little crisper, the leaves are crunchy, and it is time for a little fall fun. I decided to create a water-colored fall tree surrounded by its fallen leaves. Notice that the Decorative Elements have leaves and an acorn in each corner, which I thought was very appropriate for a fall card!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour



Step 1

Die cut the Decorative Elements from watercolor paper.


Step 2

Stamp the trunk of your tree with StazOn Saddle Brown onto your top layer element. Position your sentiment in a curved position on your acrylic block. (This is one of the reasons I like working with clear stamps because you can gently change the shapes of long slender images.) Position and stamp above your tree.


Step 3

Thoroughly saturate the die cut with Ink Potion No. 9. Starting with a lightest color in Memento, Pear Tart, stamp one of the leaf layers over the trunk image. The color will diffuse around the image and become faint.


Step 4

Stamp another layer of leaves in the next darker ink, in this case Memento Cantaloupe, over the trunk and across the bottom of the image to start the layer of leaves on the ground. Continue with the next layers in successively darker inks: Tangelo, Peanut Brittle, and Potter’s Clay. The images will become less diffuse as the Ink Potion No. 9 dries. Dab off excess with a paper towel.


Step 5

Use an InkBlusher to ink around the edges of the die cut with Memento Potter’s Clay. With intricate shapes the InkBlusher allows you to evenly ink in crevices and around curves.


Step 6

Use an InkBlusher to ink the outer edges of the other die cut with Delicata in Celestial Copper. It is one of my favorites for the fall season!


Step 7

Stamp the kraft cardstock base with the layering leaves images using Memento Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Peanut Brittle, Potter’s Clay, and Delicata Celestial Copper.

Step 8

Adhere the layers together with dimensional foam adhesive.


  • Spellbinders — Labels Forty Nine and Labels 49 Decorative Elements
  • Hero Arts — Color Layering Fall Trees
  • Watercolor paper
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Die Cut machine




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