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12 Easy Ink To Paper Backgrounds + 6 Cards

Have you tried direct ink to paper technique lately? I’m showcasing these new ink families by sharing 12 ink to paper backgrounds and 6 handmade cards!

If you’ve made your way here from Jen Schow‘s blog then you’re right on track. To start at the beginning head to the Altenew Card Blog.

New Altenew Inks

Typically I gravitate towards bold, bright colors, but this fall I keep reaching for muted tones. These colors are perfect for a variety of looks whether you’re in the mood for vintage or modern.

Shop the new release here.

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YouTube Tutorial | 12 Easy Direct Ink to Paper Backgrounds

You guys loved my metallic watercolor backgrounds so I thought it would be fun to create some quick & easy direct ink to paper backgrounds for this lovely release.

I got a little carried away and created 12 backgrounds. Did you see the Pink Pearl background? Just checking to see if you’re on your toes!

6 Card Designs

Be sure to watch the video to see the process to create 12 ink to paper backgrounds in 12 minutes. I also show how to create the first 3 cards below.

Altenew Tranquility Oval Ink Set
Sugarplums Oval Ink Set
Direct ink to paper background
Altenew Poppy Garden and Ink to paper backgrounds
Altenew Antique Rose and ink to paper background
Altenew Wavy Outlines Die and ink to paper backgrounds

Thanks a bunch for stopping by today. Be sure to leave a comment below for your chance to win a gift card. Let me know if you have a favorite ink to paper background technique. It doesn’t need to be one I shared.


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/11/2019 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/14/2019.

Next Stop

The next stop on the op is the lovely Laurie Willison‘s blog. The full list is below for easy navigation through the hop.

Altenew Card Blog
Vicky Papaioannou
Norine Borys
Kelly Griglione
Nathalie DeSousa
Caly Person
Jaycee Gaspar
Emily Midgett
Zinia Redo
Maryam Perez
Jenny Colacicco
Virginia Lu
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Altenew Scrapbook Blog 
Keeway Tsao
Jen Schow
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Laurie Willison
Lilith Eeckels
Therese Calvird
Mindy Eggen
Svitlana Shayevich
The Hedgehog Hollow
Reiko Tsuchida
Teri Wilson
Agnieszka Malyszek
Kelly Janes
Nicole Watt
Erum Tasneem
Ashley Tucker
Kymona Tracey
Ashlea Cornell

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  1. Darlene DeSario says:

    Amazing ink techniques! Lovely cards Amber, tyfs, educating and inspiring.

  2. Kathy Dippner says:

    Beautiful cards Amber! Thanks for sharing all of your fantastic ink pad techniques.

  3. The colors leap right off the page.

  4. Your DTP work is inspiring!

  5. Stacey Kowbel says:

    The backgrounds are so beautiful on their own! And then each element added to make them into cards is just stunning!

  6. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Wow! Gorgeous cards! I love all the backgrounds that you created- definitely have to give the ink pad swiping a try! Love the twine on your sentiment- what a great idea!

  7. I love those fabulous backgrounds and your cards are incredibly gorgeous. I loved watching your video. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Lisa Byers says:

    I love your fabulous backgrounds using the new inks. I’m always looking for new ways to make backgrounds, they are as important as the main focus to me. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  9. Heidi Rees says:

    Beautiful cards! I love how you’ve used these beautiful colors!

  10. Mendy Crumpton says:

    Great video. I love to make backgrounds and can’t wait to try some of these,

  11. Mendy Crumpton says:

    Love the trees and also the cabin in the snow. They are all great!

  12. Cyndi Morris says:

    Beautiful cards. Those backgrounds are gorgeous. Love these new ink colors.

  13. Marisela Delgado says:

    Such beautiful cards and beautiful colors.

  14. Tammy Hanson says:

    Love the creative backgrounds. Nicely done!

  15. Love all the backgrounds you created.
    The cards look great.

  16. What wonderful backgrounds! I’m having so much fun seeing what everyone has done with these colors.

  17. Wonderful backgrounds & truly awesome new colors!! Love them all!

  18. wow, some amazing backgrounds to have ready for quick cards. Very nice x

  19. Wonderful cards- I am absolutely in love with the simple beauty of your birch trees card!

  20. Impressive!! I love how the backgrounds are created. I am pinning it for future CASE. Thanks for the inspirations.

  21. KathleenA says:

    great ideas for backgrounds – thanks for sharing. Love these beautiful cards you made using them.

  22. Catherine L says:

    Such beautiful cards! The Sugarplum set is definitely my favorite, but Tranquility is a close second.

  23. Jeannie Hafer says:

    Beautiful cards! Can’t decide which I like best.

  24. Cynthia Cole says:

    Fabulous set of cards!

  25. Luanne Ford says:

    All your examples are so unique and wonderful! Love them, and these new colors too!

  26. Michelle S says:

    Your direct ink backgrounds are so nice! I really want to make some right now!

  27. Christine says:

    I love your background ideas. Your finished cards are awesome. These colours go so well together.

  28. Christine says:

    I love your background ideas. Your finished cards are awesome. These colours go so well together.

  29. So many beautiful cards! Lots of fun projects and ideas.

  30. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Stunning cards, LOVE your backgrounds and these muted colors are amazing on your beautiful cards! Thanks for another awesome video tutorial.

  31. Meghan Kennihan says:

    OMG! Soooo many gorgeous skies! Thank you for the video! These are LOVELY!

  32. Liz Jutila says:

    Those backgrounds are inspired! Thanks for the samples, Amber. Awesome as always.

  33. Cynthia Evanoff says:

    The birch trees done this way are amazing. It brings a whole new look to the woods.Thanks for the idea

  34. Jeanne Goldberg says:

    Loved the video lots of ideas given

  35. Wanda Radler says:

    Beautiful cards! The blues and purples look so good together.

  36. Kimberly Ligocki says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for the video! Helps me so much. I am going to try this background technique tonight.

  37. Sheri Hartman says:

    Each card is more beautiful than the last. You are talented!!!

  38. Beautiful cards. The background techniques are really inspiring. I love the new ink colors. They are very elegant.

  39. barbara lassiter says:

    Your clever use of these, plus the lovely muted colors make perfect backgrounds for these beautiful cards!

  40. Linda Kennedy says:

    Gorgeous!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

  41. Lisa Zubak says:

    Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Oh wow! Your backgrounds look like printed patterned papers!! Definitely gonna try those! Thank you so much for the video and all the inspirations! Love your cards 🙂