Make Your Ink Blending Easy with VersaMagic

by Jowilna Nolte

Blending colors can be tricky but when you use amazing inks like Tsukineko’s VersaMagic chalk inks, then blending and creating a seamless look is magical. For this blog post, I show you how to color a chipboard piece blended with four colors of pigment ink for a gorgeous earth toned ombre look. This chipboard can be used in a scrapbook, card or any craft project you choose. Let’s get started!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15-20 minutes


Step 1

Select a piece of chipboard you want to color as well as four colors of VersaMagic Dew Drop inks. I chose Gingerbread, Thatched Straw, Malted Mauve, Perfect Plumeria in VersaMagic and a tall, card-sized chipboard from Celebr8.

Step 2

Think about each color roughly taking up a quarter of the chipboard. In other words, if you have a 4-inch tall chipboard then each color will ink a 1-inch section. Start by tapping the lightest color (Thatched Straw) onto the top section of your chipboard piece. Repeatedly tap the ink over each other until the color is the nice and solid in coverage. VersaMagic is a juicy ink and will saturate rather quickly.

Step 3

Repeat the process with your second color (Malted Mauve). This time slightly overlap onto your first color when inking to blend colors.

Step 4

Repeat the process using your third color (Perfect Plumeria) again overlapping onto the second color a bit.

Step 5

Repeat with your last and fourth color (Gingerbread) overlapping onto the third color a bit.

Step 6

Use your finger tip or a sponge dauber to lightly rub over the overlapping areas. Because the pigment inks will stay wet for a little while longer than dye ink, the colors will blend more easily and beautifully. Set aside and allow to dry thoroughly before using on a card or other paper projects.

In the image above you can see how this blending technique can be used on any chipboard design.


  • Celebr8 – “You Were Born to Stand Out” chipboard
  • Cardstock

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