Yet again, I’ve found more fun techniques for this incredible craft! It’s amazing how you can learn little things from so many other crafters that allow you to add to your arsenal of elements to use in your work! I went into this class, Irresistible Inking Techniques, not knowing what I’d learn but Sara Naumann has opened my eyes to some amazing tips & tricks that are both simple and yet make such a difference all at the same time!
Altenew, once again, nails it when it comes to the beauty of layered stamps! The ink collections are set with varying shades of color that allow you to layer up a stamp with such detail but without the pain of your brain trying to figure out the perfect color blends! I used the amazing outline stamps from the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Hello Beautiful collection. I stamped down my outline in the Permanent Black ink and then used the included detailed stencils to build up the flowers and leaves. I wanted to be a little out of the box with the gray leaves, but I think they were the perfect compliment to the blue flowers. When doing layered stencils or stamping, you always want to start with a lighter base color so that it will still be visible once the darker layers are laid down. I used Teal Cave and Emerald for my flower colors with Paper Bag as the center of the flower. For the leaves, I used Cloudy Night for both layers which allowed the different shading to come through. Last step for the flowers is to die cut them with their coordinating die and now they’ll be set aside until they’re ready to be added to the base.
For a fun background, I used a technique Sara showed which was crazy easy! Are you ready?? Rub your stamp onto an acrylic block and stamp that onto your cardstock! That’s it! I love how it gave a not-so-perfect imprint which gave it a lot of texture. I added the sentiment from the Forever in Love stamp set in the same Teal Cave that I used for the base of the flowers and the block stamp. I love being able to tie in the same color throughout the project.
I knew I wanted to put this onto a blue card backing, so I did yet another new technique that I learned… rub the ink onto the very edge of the cardstock. I used the same Cloudy Night ink to tie into the leaves and hopefully have it stand off the blue card behind it. I used dimensional foam tape to attach the flower to the white cardstock and then attached that to the blue base and then, just like that, we’re done!
…. But you know me… I can’t REALLY be done yet! When spraying water onto the acrylic block to clean off the blue ink, I noticed there was a lot of ink on it and didn’t want it to go to waste! So, I grabbed a spare card front and laid that down onto the block and pressed down carefully. This square had more of a watercolor effect given the amount of water I’d sprayed down. But I loved the look! So I quickly grabbed another flower from the same Project Kit and went back to work! I wanted to turn this into a set, so I used the same ink colors. I grabbed this sentiment from the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Vintage Tapestry kit and used the same Teal Cave again for the words. I also used the Teal Cave to rub the edges of the cardstock and loved how it popped when placed on top of the white cardstock behind it. It definitely helped define the card front. I put foam tape on the flower and the card front and layered everything up!
And now we’re really done for today’s projects! I had so much fun playing with these new techniques!
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Stamp, Stencils & Dies from the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Hello Beautiful by Altenew
Sentiment from Forever in Love Stamp Kit by Altenew
Sentiment from the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Vintage Tapestry by Altenew
Teal Cave from the Sweet Dreams Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew
Emerald from the Sea Shore Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew
Cloudy Night from the Gentleman’s Gray Crisp Dye Ink Oval Set by Altenew
I LOVE these!! Both the looks are fabulous!