Inky Creations with April

Sharing my love of handmade cards and papercraftting

December 15, 2020

Altenew’s Irresistible Inking Techniques class by Sara Naumann was so fun. She shared so many great inking ideas and got my mind racing with all sorts of ideas for different inking techniques. I loved Sara’s idea of just stamping part of a layering stamp to make detail pop. I used the Hawaiian Coral Build a Flower set for my card for this class. The flower in this set is so pretty. I stamped the outline of the flower and leaves with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Then stamped the detail part of the flower with Altenew’s Turquoise Mini Ink Cube. I used Grassfield and Firefly for the leaves. I next die cut the flower and leaves.

For the background the idea came to me while seeing Sara use acrylic blocks and ink to stamp on cardstock but I decided to tweak it. I used a 5×7 gel press and the Grassfield, Firefly, Turquoise, and Starlight mini ink cubes. I smooshed the 4 colors in a random pattern on my gel press. Then I lightly sprayed one spray of water over the colors and used a brayer, that I have had for many years, to roll over the inks in multiple directions. I did play with the amount of water to spray and liked this panel best. The more water you spray and if you spray before or after brayering will give you different looks. I set the background aside to dry.

Next, I took some black card stock and used Altenew’s Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder to emboss the sentiment. After trimming down my background panel, I attached the sentiment strip and leaves directly to the panel. I popped up the floral image with some foam tape. The background panel was attached to the card base with my Altenew Tape Runner. I added a little bling with some Pink Fresh Studio Jewels Mix. I scattered a few on the background panel and flower.

I love getting inky and this background turned out exactly the way I imaged while I was watching the class. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you found a little inspiration.

3 thoughts on “Irresistible Inking Techniques

  1. Erum Tasneem says:

    This is GORGEOUS! Absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous!! Love it to bits!
    Thank you for blessing my eyes and submitting your wonderful work to the AECP assignment gallery.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Erum!!

      Like

  2. Devera Mitts says:

    Great instructions, I can just visualize the creation of your great background panel! This card is stunning, thanks for sharing?

    Like

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