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Ink Layering – Stretching Your Stamps, Day 2

August 11, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here!  This is the second post in my Mini Series about stretching your background stamps.  My challenge is to use the Modern Damask background in several different ways to get lots of mileage from one stamp.  This card is very simple, and doesn’t need tons of supplies.

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement  Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped my background stamp in Lawn Fawn’s Yeti ink on white cardstock.  This is a white pigment ink, and a great tool to have in your crafty stash.  Hero Arts and Ranger have great ones, too.

You can let the panel dry overnight, or speed up the process with a heat tool.  I got this idea from Jennifer Mcguire, and if you haven’t seen her website, you’re missing out!  When she did this card, she used the Jumbo Stripes stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. But it’s still on my wish list, so I needed something else.

I went through my stamps, and found the Petals and Pallets stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I mounted the stamp upside down in my stamp positioner, at an angle.  Next I inked it up with All That Jazz ink from Catherine Pooler Designs, which is a dye ink.  Any dye ink would work for this, so use what you have.

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement  Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

I used the grid paper to keep the panel straight while I stamped my stripes, and shifted the paper around.  Don’t forget to clean the stamp after every use, because it picks up the pigment ink, and you don’t want to contaminate your dye ink pad.  And the pigment ink partially resists the dye ink, so you can still see the pattern.  After I finished the first layer of stripes, I decided I wanted more color.  So I lined up the paper again, and stamped between the first layer of stripes.  Now it looks like there are 3 or four different colors of ink, but I only used 2.  So cool!

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

This sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Thankful Heart stamp set.  My sons had VBS a few weeks ago, and they wanted to give homemade cards to all of their teachers.  They used up most of my thank you cards, so I’m rebuilding my stash before the holidays get here.  I stamped on vellum with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.

The challenge with vellum is hiding the adhesive.  I took my sentiment out to the garage, and misted the back with a light layer of spray adhesive.  Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area.  I added my sentiment to my background, and finished up with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Have you tried this technique before?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back next week with more ways to use this stamp!

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