• Bonnie Crane

Spellbinders’ Sparkling Mandala on Inked Ray Backgrounds

Hello everyone! I love Spellbinders’ Sparkling Mandala die set! It is beautifully detailed and struck me as a shining star (Although I also noted snowflake qualities, I will save that thought for another card!). So back to the star concept! I envisioned a background of rays to showcase these beauties … a fun, easy and ‘a little messy‘ inking technique.

To create these inked backgrounds, all you need is Post it Note Tape, a ruler and a willingness to get a bit inky! I began with an A2 panel of Bristol Smooth card stock and marked my centre point. For the red card I makes off 1/4” intervals around the perimeter of the panel. After I did the inking, I decided to be less ambitious for the blue card and changed it to 1/2“ intervals. To apply the ink, the tape extends from the centre of the panel to one of the perimeter markings. Ink is applied following one edge of the tape. The inking continues by moving the tape edge to the next point on the perimeter all the while keeping the other end at the centre point. The colours are applied one after the other. NOTE: I changed my tape about four times for each card.

For the red card, dye inks by Simon Says Stamp were used; Schoolhouse Red, Doll Pink, Magnolia and Teeny Bikini. The inks were applied with a blender brush. It was difficult to get a fine line of ink near the centre of the card where the rays are narrow. I was not concerned because of the placement of the mandala. The panel was trimmed to 3 3/4” by 5 1/8”.

For the card with the blue tones, I used Distress Oxide inks; Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn. These inks were applied with daubers. Of the two cards, this one was certainly easier and quicker to ink up. The panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die.

The Sparkling Mandala die set consists of an outline die and the mandala detail. I die cut the inked panels with the outline die positioning it with more room at the bottom of the panel to leave room for the sentiment. The outline die cut of the mandala was mounted on a black sheet foam die cut. The mandala detail die was centred in the outline die and held in place with Post It Note Tape. The mandala was cut from matte gold card stock for the red card and silver foil for the blue one. The detail mandalas were adhered to the foam backed inked mandala outlines.

The inked panels were adhered to black card stock that had been cut with a stitched rectangle die and mounted on A2 sized, top folding card bases. The foam backed mandalas were attached and embellished with iridescent confetti topped with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew. The Merry Christmas sentiment from Spellbinders' Silent Night Make A Scene was die cut from the same card stock as the mandalas and mounted on foam for each card.


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