One of the best aspects of being a stamper and a card maker is that fact that “nothing is perfect”! Crafting to me, is all about experimentation, trial and error and learning from your “oopsey” moments and just plain getting inky!
Today, let’s get inky and I’ll show you how to use some of the inks you have hiding in your supply stash or maybe interest you in some new inks you would like to add to your shopping bag sometime soon!
Cut a piece of smooth cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” to begin the front card panel. Round the bottom two corners if desired.
Grab your Versamark ink pad (mine says “dazzle” but it’s been all dazzled-out for years – it’s been re-inked with regular Versamark ink) and your favourite stamp set. The “I Like You” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! was used here. Using a piece of smooth white cardstock, randomly stamp your image using the clear Versamark ink all over your piece of paper. Let the Versamark ink dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Grab your favourite water-based inks like this fun five coloured ink pad and some ink applicators.
Apply at least three shades of ink using a circular motion across your Versamark stamped cardstock. If you look closely, the Versamark ink is resisting the shades of blue inks. It shows best in the deep blue ink.
Take a slightly moistened piece of paper towel or a baby wipe and lightly wipe off the excess ink sitting on the Versamarked images.
Take a fun graphic stamp set like the “Gorgeous Grunge” set from Stampin’ Up! and stamp some graphic lines and paint splatters across the lower bottom right side of your cardstock. I used a fun metallic silver ink for the lines and some solid black ink for the paint splatters.
Apply some splatters of fun water-based ink spray to your cardstock. I wanted a more deliberate placement of the spots and splatters so I took the spray top off of the bottle and literally touched the end of the straw to my paper.
On another piece of smooth white cardstock, swipe your anti-static powder pouch across the surface of your cardstock so the stray embossing particles do not stick to any undesired places. Then apply Versamark ink to your fabulously large butterfly image, “Swallowtail”, from Stampin’ Up! and stamp it on your cardstock.
Place your stamped image over top of a scrap piece of paper and pour black embossing powder over the entire image. Tap off any excess embossing powder onto your scrap paper and return the excess back to the bottle. Heat set your image (heat until shiny and smooth) and let it cool.
Using some soft circular motions and some fun, hot coloured water-based inks, apply ink to your embossed butterfly. The black embossing powder will resist the inks.
Fussy cut, otherwise known as hand cutting, your butterfly from the paper.
Adhere it on an angle across the back ground you created, towards the lower right hand side of your card. Trim any butterfly parts that fall off the edge of your back ground.
Cut and fold a piece of white cardstock, 4 ¼” x 11”. Fold it in half at 5 ½” with the fold at the top of your card. Corner round the lower two corners if desired.
Let’s add one more fun detail to your white card base. Take the graphic diagonal stripes from the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp set again and stamp it running off of the lower left hand corner of your card base front using black ink. This element will peek-a-boo from beneath your butterfly and its back ground.
Cut a black piece of cardstock to create a mat for your inked back ground panel. Adhere it to the back of your blue inked back ground and then adhere everything centered to your card base.
And voila… you have created a simple yet vibrant card to send to someone extra special!
Supplies: Stamps (Stampin’ Up! – Swallowtail, Gorgeous Grunge, I Like You); Cardstock (Recollections); Inks (Tsukineko Inc. – Memento – Black Tuxedo, Versamark, Delicata – Silvery Shimmer, Kaleidacolor “Blue Breeze”), (Ranger Distress – Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade); Spray ink (Tsukineko Inc. – Fireworks – Dandelion); Embossing Powder (Stampendous! – Detail Black).
Thanks for joining me today! I hope my little tutorial gets you inspired to pull out all kinds of inks and just go wild!
Happy inking everyone!