I didn’t feel like making a card today, I just wanted to play around with all my inks and stamps. As a result, I ended up with 10 cards.
Starting from the top left and snaking down to the front, here’s how I made each one:
Pink and Green card – I clear embossed the stamp on white cardstock. Then using the ink blending tool, I applied distress ink to fill and color the flowers and leaves. Then I wiped the embossed portions lightly with a baby wipe to remove the extra ink.
Black and Blue card – Stamped in black on glossy paper. I waited several minutes for the ink to dry, a heat gun would hurry this process along. Once dry, I pounced Alcohol ink onto the entire sheet using the ink blending tool.
Music Note card – This is a deceptively simple technique. I inked my main stamp in pink, then inked up a music note background stamp with blue. I “kissed” the two stamps together to transfer the blue music notes to the main stamp, then stamped that onto white cardstock.
Black card – This doesn’t show up well in the picture, but I clear embossed the stamp on patterned cardstock. Then using the ink blending tool, I applied black ink to the entire image. The embossed portion resists the ink, so the pattern shows through.
Pink and Gold card – I created a background with pink alcohol ink on glossy paper, then embossed with gold on top.
Pink and Green card 2 – I know this one looks very similar to the first, but instead of applying the ink with a blending tool after I embossed, I smeared the ink onto my craft sheet, spritzed with Glimmer Mist, and painted it on.
Green card – This is a fun technique. I created the background with green alcohol inks on glossy paper. I then coated my stamp with blending solution (technically a no-no, but I did it anyway), and stamped over it. The alcohol ink bleaches out where the blending solution hits it, leaving a really subtle effect.
Pink card – Super simple. Ink up your stamp, spritz with Glimmer Mist. Stamp. Done.
Blue card – I applied Distress Ink heavily to a piece of white cardstock. Then I spritzed my stamp with Glimmer Mist and stamped. Another subtle look, but with lots of sparkle.
Pink and Blue card – I think this one is my favorite. I applied Distress Ink heavily to white cardstock, then stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed. Since the Distress Ink stays wet, a little bit of the embossing paper clung to the in-between areas of the stamp. I applied blue with the blending tool, and got a really cool faded effect.
All together, these cards took me about 3 hours to complete. That’s under 20 minutes a card, and that includes clean-up. Not bad.