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#G45Tip - Ink those Edges & Contest Announced

Posted by Graphic 45 01/29/2019 125 Comment(s)

Hello, G45ers!

 In this post, we have a simple and easy tip to take your papercrafting to the next level.  To go along with that tasty tip, we have some eye-candy featuring our Garden Goddess paper collection, all from our Canadian Brand Ambassador, Nichola Battilana.  Before we dive in we have our Weekly Blog Contest to announce!  


Garden Goddess Package

Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook to be entered to win! Each comment from Monday to Thursday at 11:59 pm PST will count as an entry.


This week’s prize package is a Garden Goddess Package, a $65+ value.  The winner will be announced on the blog Friday, February 1st, 2019.  



#G45Tip: When working with a darkcolour palette, hide the white core of cut edges by running a dark ink pad against them giving a more polished/finished look to your project.


This tip works wonders on light pastel papers as well.  Just look at what Nichola has done with our Garden Goddess collection and some Graphic 45 Decades Ink.  


Garden Goddess ATC's

By Nichola Battilana


"Between this chill, and the plethora of seed catalogs Mr Pixie has strewn about the house, I can't help but long for spring.


With daydreams of blooms and sunshine in mind, I pulled out "Garden Goddess" from Graphic 45."


See full post here…


What fun!  We want to extend our gratitude to you for joining us today, and to Nichola for sharing this great tip and stunning ATCs.  We look forward to reading your comments below, and wish you all a wonderful and crafty day!


Happy Papercrafting!

125 Comment(s)

Deborah Cox:
01/29/2019, 10:20:30 AM

I love Nichola's work and she'd done wonders with this collection!

Carole Effting Lohr:
01/29/2019, 11:19:03 AM

What a beautiful assortment of cards! This G45 collection is a card maker’s dream, and your tips are so helpful.

Linda Mayer:
01/29/2019, 11:19:09 AM

Such great ideas and fabulous papers!

Jaimi Bailey:
01/29/2019, 11:50:06 AM

So pretty! I agree, inked edges look fantastic!

Kate LeBlanc:
01/29/2019, 11:50:35 AM

Beautiful work. I have just the project in mind to use your tips. Thank you!

Kathryn L Ruemler:
01/30/2019, 10:27:46 AM

I love G45 & appreciate all the tips & tricks that the designers share.

Carolyn Favia:
01/29/2019, 11:52:09 AM

I love to ink my edges, I do it all the time! I think it really makes the projects pop by complimenting with various ink colors your working with.

Bev Drake:
01/29/2019, 12:06:27 PM

Beautiful cards. Thsnk you Nichola for showing us ways to use this very pretty paper collection which is enhanced by the inked edges..

Mary Anne Guth:
01/29/2019, 12:07:22 PM

Love the Garden Goddess collection. These cards are lovely

Dianna Dean:
01/29/2019, 12:08:03 PM

Love this collection! Great inking tip!

Mary Lee:
01/29/2019, 12:09:04 PM

I love the graphic 45 papers. The quality and beautiful designs inspire me like nothing else. Thanks to all the talented designers and artists who show us what they have done with a collection.

Sandra Rice:
01/29/2019, 12:09:32 PM

What a beautiful way to highlight this GORGEOUS collection. Great tip to eliminate white edges! Thank you Nichola!

01/29/2019, 12:09:42 PM

Love the papers you used! Beautifully done!!

Julie Malinchak:
01/29/2019, 12:10:05 PM

Inking gives definition to edges against the patterned pages when not using mats. This is a beautiful paper collection!

Lynn Price:
01/29/2019, 12:10:14 PM, Experiments in

Beautiful inspiration with these ATCs! Finally getting brave enough to use my Graphic 45 paper, and love this idea! Will be sure to ink those edges....

Linda Stenzel:
01/29/2019, 12:16:07 PM

I love the finished look of inked edges! Beautiful projects with the lovely Garden Goddess collection!

Anne Schilling:
01/29/2019, 12:16:39 PM

Love these little beauties! So adorable! I love inking paper edges. Thank you for a chance to win!

Sue MacFall:
01/29/2019, 12:21:17 PM

Such inspiration. Inking the edges is such an easy way to make a project special. Thank you Nichola

Cheryl Wells:
01/29/2019, 12:22:56 PM

Beautiful cards - beautiful work!!

Margaret A:
01/29/2019, 12:25:05 PM

Hi from across the pond. A very useful tip and I just love how Nichola has used the beautiful Garden Goddess collection.

Jan D., FL:
01/29/2019, 12:29:09 PM

I've been dropping over this collection. So pretty!!!

Jan D.,, FL:
01/29/2019, 12:30:53 PM

***drooling over this collection. Gotta love autocorrect. Lol

Ellen Haydon:
01/29/2019, 12:31:14 PM

Nichola, these are so pretty. I to am waiting for the warmer winter but living in Phoenix, AZ you will know that I would not like it to be 120 degrees any time soon. Love all the fussy cutting. The colors are perfect and the little girls are too. Thank you for the tips and tutorial I looked at your website.

Regina Harrison:
01/29/2019, 12:31:36 PM

I love this Garden Goddess collection. So pretty. I really enjoyed making my kit album.

Barbara Millar:
01/29/2019, 12:33:57 PM

Nice assortment of cards , perfect for spring thx

Paula R:
01/29/2019, 12:39:25 PM

Love the fussy cutting. Some good idea. Thanks.

01/29/2019, 12:40:20 PM

Love the finished edges. An other option to finish the edges of some pages (and to add a little something-something) is to emboss the edges.

Maria G:
01/29/2019, 12:41:33 PM

Great tips and the Garden Goddess paper collection is beautiful !

Jan Ross:
01/29/2019, 12:48:59 PM

Beautiful work and creative ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Helen Whaley:
01/29/2019, 12:52:04 PM

Incredibly pretty! I feel that Spring is not too far off looking at these creations.

Diane Shull:
01/29/2019, 01:00:17 PM,

Gorgeous trading cards using Garden Goddess. I love all the detailed fussy cutting, the added butterflies from Old Curiosity Shoppe and the decades ink is the finishing touch. Absolutely Lovely.

Heather Garner:
01/29/2019, 01:04:09 PM

I'm an "inkie" addict. I ink everything I possibly can. I love how it just seems to finish off whatever project I'm working on. I love the items Nichola made using Garden Goddess, one of the best G45 sets

She Fowl:
01/29/2019, 01:04:42 PM

Beautiful ATC cards and a beautiful paper collection.

Lorna Baumann:
01/29/2019, 01:07:19 PM

I love this collection and would love to win it.

Evie singh:
01/29/2019, 01:12:06 PM

Love graphic 45 paper... love the ATC cards... so pretty

Karen Riska:
01/29/2019, 01:17:39 PM

Great tip about inking the edges. This is a beautifully awesome collection!

Mathilde S.:
01/29/2019, 01:29:01 PM

Nichola,your cards are exquisite.I love all the details.You certainly made this beautiful collection shine.Thanks for all the great tips.

Elizabeth Marsh:
01/29/2019, 01:33:50 PM

Would love to add this collection to my paper crafting. Thanks for the tips about inking the edges of cardstock.

Elizabeth Marsh:
01/29/2019, 01:33:50 PM

Would love to add this collection to my paper crafting. Thanks for the tips about inking the edges of cardstock.

Peggy McCurry:
01/29/2019, 01:38:17 PM

Beautiful projects with beautiful paper!

Cynthia L Pitts:
01/29/2019, 01:39:58 PM

The Tags are gorgous and I would love to craft with this paper collection.

Holly Hatch:
01/29/2019, 01:40:14 PM

I can't wait until your March releases. Thank you for always coming out with the most beautiful papers, ephemera, and notions!

Teresa George:
01/29/2019, 01:41:44 PM

Love this collection, and the ink really makes it pop!

Martha A Russell:
01/29/2019, 01:46:19 PM

Beautiful paper, and I love the card. I wish you would feature more cards in your blog, and especially on Facebook.

Rosalie Johnson:
01/29/2019, 01:46:33 PM

Just purchased the gentlemen's box to try my hands at more masculine cards. This also looks like a great collection for the more feminine side! Love all your products so much. Unleashes your creativity!!

Rosalie Johnson:
01/29/2019, 01:46:33 PM

Just purchased the gentlemen's box to try my hands at more masculine cards. This also looks like a great collection for the more feminine side! Love all your products so much. Unleashes your creativity!!

01/29/2019, 01:58:22 PM

Love this collection and Nichola’s demo. What beautiful cards and thank you for the great tip.

Jeanne Kelly:
01/29/2019, 02:08:13 PM

Thanks for the recommendation regarding inking edges - good idea! I love Nichola’s cards - each one is so happy and uplifting!

Megha Thakar:
01/29/2019, 02:14:20 PM

Love the collection,the colors, design.. absolutely perfect

Janja fingust:
01/29/2019, 02:18:11 PM

LOVE this collection!! Beautiful cards!

Karen Blazenko:
01/29/2019, 02:20:51 PM

Absolutely stunning collection. Love, love, love it.

Jackie Bremer:
01/29/2019, 02:22:28 PM

Love inked always adds the finishing touch. I learned that years ago when I did counted cross-stitch and outlined the edges of the flowers, figures etc.

Sue D:
01/29/2019, 02:25:40 PM

I like the garden theme of these ATCs.

Diane Fountain:
01/29/2019, 02:33:23 PM

Yes, inked edges make a huge difference!! Beautiful work Nichola!!

01/29/2019, 02:45:44 PM

Inking the edges always gives the paper a more finished look to these beautiful papers.

Terri Wilbanks:
01/29/2019, 02:57:21 PM

Thanks for the tip. This is a beautiful collection. One of my favotites!

Sandie Oxley:
01/29/2019, 03:07:27 PM

Thanks for the tip. Love all the post of Graphic 45, it’s my go to for crafting❤️❤️

Paul McDaniel:
01/29/2019, 03:09:53 PM

I would imagine working for your company would be such a pleasure. Always look forward to the new collections. Your creative team is to be commended for their skill and taste for color and style. Simply superb.

Vanessa LeClear:
01/29/2019, 03:14:31 PM

Gorgeous ATCs! Thanks for the inspiration!

Martie Rollin:
01/29/2019, 03:37:07 PM

Love the look of those fussy cut irises that hang outside the frame...very artistic placement that really draws my attention. Considering the super cold weather that has dropped over much of the USA, this paper collection will bring thoughts of warmer days to come...the sooner, the better!!!

Jane Roussy:
01/29/2019, 03:38:51 PM

These are beautiful works of art and makes me ready for spring and gardening.

Lynn Harrell:
01/29/2019, 03:43:36 PM

These are gorgeous and definitely works of art. These make me think that spring is around the corner.

Kathleen A Read:
01/29/2019, 04:00:55 PM

I love flowers and this collection is perfect. And the use of fussy cutting on the cards is amazing. Love that it gives me so many ideas.

Susan Vogt:
01/29/2019, 04:01:18 PM

Sweet cards! Great tips!! Beautiful G45 papers!!!

Lynda Miller:
01/29/2019, 04:09:31 PM

I've been inking the edges of my Graphic 45 paper for years now. It adds such depth to your projects and when I don't do it I can see the difference. Love getting tips. Thanks.

Diane Howard:
01/29/2019, 04:17:57 PM

Inking edges is a go to tip for me, as a fussy cutter, it just ups the look to perfection.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Beautiful cards! Soooo PRETTY!!!!

01/29/2019, 04:35:30 PM

They may be small, but they sure are packed full of beauty!

Darlene Morales:
01/29/2019, 04:45:04 PM

Absolutely stunning paper and the cards are gorgeous.. Darlene ❤

Becky Hazen:
01/29/2019, 04:47:46 PM

Beautiful collection and ATC’s! Great tip to ink edges.

Daneen Conrad:
01/29/2019, 05:05:39 PM

Love the affect that inking the edges does for any project, Garden Godess is absolutely beautiful.

Suzi Mcmanus:
01/29/2019, 05:07:48 PM,

Fabulously beautiful makes with this stunning collection. I always ink my G45 papers. X

Diane F:
01/29/2019, 05:24:08 PM

Stunning is absolutely the correct word. These cards are beautiful little works of art!

Judy Fagotti:
01/29/2019, 05:30:25 PM

Garden Goodness is a stunning collection. So many wonderful possibilities! Nicola is proof of that! Her cards are so elegant and outstanding!

Lourdes Salvador:
01/29/2019, 05:48:16 PM

Oh soooo pretty! I wish I was in a pretty garden right now instead of trying to keep warm from the snow. Beautiful collection. I hope I'm blessed to win.

01/29/2019, 05:56:58 PM

Nichola, these are beautiful! I love how you mixed different G45 design collections!

Barb Glasier:
01/29/2019, 06:03:00 PM


Rae Burnet:
01/29/2019, 06:33:26 PM, Https://

Great tip! The cards are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Millicent Hammer:
01/29/2019, 06:55:14 PM

Another lovely collection

Shari Czerwinski:
01/29/2019, 07:12:45 PM

Love this collection! Thank you for a chance to win!

Jan G.:
01/29/2019, 07:23:42 PM

Great tip and cute etc cards. Thank you for the inspiration.

Kitty Tatman:
01/29/2019, 07:32:17 PM

Great ATCS! Love how they each have individual personality but maintain their look in the set

Kathy Jenkins:
01/29/2019, 07:32:23 PM, FB

Absolutely love the design of the paper collection. Beautiful card made with absolutel love for the work you create truly a gift. Love using inks to finish everything with. Love the whole collection of the papers Graphic 45 has. Some of the most beautiful papers to design with. Thanks for a chance to win.

Jamie Kaus:
01/29/2019, 08:02:14 PM

It is 40 degrees below 0 in Wisconsin tonight. Seeing the beautiful soft color pallette of the Garden Goddess reminds me of warmer happier times to come. Thanks G45 for the lift my soul needed.

Angelise Mattoon:
01/29/2019, 08:04:31 PM

This is a beautiful collection. Looking forward to many creations using it.

Elizabeth Burrows:
01/29/2019, 08:15:07 PM

Love this paper collection

Gina Rowles:
01/29/2019, 08:15:58 PM

Those cards are stunning. I think they'd make wonderful photo frames too. Beautifully done and what a gorgeous collection

Maryann Laursen:
01/29/2019, 08:34:59 PM

tThese cards are absolut gorgeous, I love this gardentheme, and all the cards looks fabulous. I´ve used the tip with the ink on the edges for years and it really does make a huge difference.

Melissa Smither:
01/29/2019, 08:36:10 PM

Wonderful paper collection

Jana Lucas:
01/29/2019, 08:36:25 PM

Beautiful paper and I cannot wait to get my hands, scissors and energy on it. What fun!

Helena Chaikin:
01/29/2019, 08:36:39 PM

I love the Garden Goddess collection and what Nichola has created with them. So much fun to make ATCs!

01/29/2019, 09:26:18 PM

So pretty! I would love to win this collection. Thank you for the opportunity.

Deborah Anderson-Clarke:
01/29/2019, 09:49:17 PM

I'd love to win the Garden Goddess package as it's on my want list since I first saw it! I regularly use the inking tip as I'm OCD about pale edges or anything that detracts from the beauty of the papers I'm using.

Nancy Phillippe:
01/29/2019, 10:17:50 PM

The papers are stunning and the samples are gorgeous.

Margaret R:
01/29/2019, 10:43:15 PM

Such happiness in the middle of winter! Beautiful!

01/29/2019, 11:04:14 PM

I love the colors! Nice!

Наталия Серова:
01/29/2019, 11:44:35 PM,

Lovely ATC's!

01/29/2019, 11:48:06 PM

Stunning cards, the garden goddess collection is just gorgeous

Pat Dunajski:
01/30/2019, 01:42:12 AM

Love this collection. Love her cards and how she chose to highlight them. Very unique.

Remya Elizabeth Mathew:
01/30/2019, 01:48:39 AM

Such lovely collection. The cards are absolutely beautiful..

01/30/2019, 02:58:51 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Always love the extra touch of the inked edges.

01/30/2019, 03:28:20 AM

I would love to win that collection! To make beautiful pages with pictures of my niece. Can't wait!

Debbie Siddle:
01/30/2019, 03:35:31 AM

Oh, I would so love to win this. Thank you for the chance to. Very pretty cards too. x

Dorothy McCarthy:
01/30/2019, 06:26:26 AM,

Just beautiful!! Thanks for the tips!

01/30/2019, 06:57:00 AM

Would love to win

01/30/2019, 07:01:21 AM

I like to ink all my edges I think it makes a big difference. Thank you for all the lovely giveaways you do. Linda

Michelle Stanley:
01/30/2019, 08:30:13 AM

Absolutely love these papers and definitely a must to ink those edges.

01/30/2019, 09:05:27 AM

Thanks for the reminder on how good inking just the edges can look. I kind of forgot!

Rose Brewster:
01/30/2019, 09:52:47 AM

These cards are fabulous. Love them. I have been inking the edges of my papers since I began scrapbooking a very long time ago. It really helps you get a beautiful finish to your project. I am working on a book using Steampunk Debutante on tan with black accents. I am inking with black. Looks fantastic. I just love the new papers.

Belinda Schouten-van Kooten:
01/30/2019, 11:43:12 AM

IT will be a devine madness birthday for me to win this Goddess Collection. And inking is my middle name

sabine matagne:
01/30/2019, 12:01:39 PM

Je tente ma chance, cette collection est magnifique pour réaliser des projets de printemps !

Brenda Birdsong:
01/30/2019, 12:42:23 PM

Beautiful collection and I love the 3 dimensional look of these cards made by Nichola.

Theresa Corbe:
01/30/2019, 04:39:13 PM

The best thing my friend did, was to introduce me to the G45 monthly kits. I just ordered the Gentlemans pack and am planning to make a Fathers Day gift for my hubby.

Linda Comfort:
01/30/2019, 07:11:19 PM

love a new princess inspired line...thank you for the chance to win

01/30/2019, 09:05:43 PM

Love the colors of the Garden Goddess collection.

mary noble:
01/31/2019, 12:10:32 AM

I love the color scheme in this and always think having people in the design is awesome; thanks.

Gayle Dickinson:
01/31/2019, 02:24:39 AM

Absolutely love these ATCs! They are beautiful!

Marcie Farmer:
01/31/2019, 06:28:48 AM

lovely! the Garden Goddess is yet another G45 masterpiece.

01/31/2019, 12:24:33 PM

I love the beautiful greens in this collection

Glenda Buster:
01/31/2019, 12:33:19 PM

Love the Garden Goddess Collection! Nichola’s ATC’s have me longing for spring. Agree, inking the edges adds a finished touch to projects and can hide little fussy cutting flaws.

Barbara Estock:
01/31/2019, 02:51:55 PM,

I absolutely love the new inks! And the roses. One can never have enough pinks.

Stephanie Cook:
01/31/2019, 03:29:24 PM

Beautiful cards, love the idea of making a frame.

Laurie Black:
02/01/2019, 12:54:15 AM

Lovely project, great tip. Garden Goddess is a beautiful collection.

Carol Grant:
02/01/2019, 12:50:54 PM

The paper is beautiful and thank you for the reminder for inking the edges. I have to think about it. It’s second nature to some friends of mine.

02/01/2019, 05:53:43 PM

I always get no my edges, especially when I spend the money to buy beautiful quality paper. A project just doesn't look finished with naked edges to me, especially so on a dark or black background.

Bonnie L Fontaine:
02/02/2019, 07:51:45 AM

This is one of my favorite collections! Nichola's cards are stunning. Crossing my fingers and toes that I win!

02/04/2019, 04:59:09 PM

Can’t wait to get my hands on the paper!

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