Thursday, March 18, 2010

Layering with inks

Last week Kelly talked about different ink pads and did a great comparasion among a few of them.  This week, I will talk about layering with inks, maximizing what you can do with them. These past two H{ippity} Hops I made two cards that focused on layering with inks, so I thought why not share about that.  This is not new, but perhaps gives some of you some ideas, specially if you are just starting out and don't have a ton of colors.

The first card I will talk about is this week's Missing You card.

And now I will show you step by step how to layer with one ink pad to get this look.  First, here are the items I used for the stamping of this image.  I used Palette ink pad and two stamps from the Regal Greetings set.

Next, I inked up my image and stamped it lightly on a scrap paper.

Once I have done that, I still had some ink left on my stamp, and that is what I used to stamp my image on the  paper I wanted to stamp on.  See, how much lighter that is compared to the first stamped image?

Last I was ready to stamp my sentiment and since I wanted this to pop, I inked it up with the same ink pad and stamped it direct over the Fleur-de-lis image and that is all it took to create a layered stamped look.  Pretty neat, isn't it???
My next example is from last week's hop card, which again, I used a layered stamp look, but this time I did use two different colors.  The key to is, to play around with the colors, preferable use a lighter color for the background stamp image, so it's a  little subdued, and doesn't over power the image you want to focus on.

To create this card, here are the items I used.  Two different ink pads and two different stamps from the What Matters Most set.

First you want to stamp your background stamp image with the lighter color.

Than you will stamp over the lighter color image your darker color image, which in my case was a sentiment.

And there you have have a pretty stamped image ready to dress up into a pretty card.  Hope you like the look and will give it a try, if you haven't yet.

And now I will leave you with today's inspirational quote, which hope you will love as much as I do!

Have a Fabulous day!



  1. Fabulous tip Eva! I need to remember this one! So simple and easy and total cuteness, but yet I don't ever remember it! Thanks for the refresher!

  2. Eva this is such a great tip!! I actually knew about it already, but never remember to utilize it! So thanks for the reminder!! :-)

  3. Every little tip counts, 'cause like Kelly said...some know this tip, but we seem to FORGET! Thanks Eva for showing us how wonderful this tip is!

  4. I love both of your cards and thanks for the refresher! Definitely one of those techniques that I "under-utilize"!!! Now you put it back on the top of my list of things to do! :)

  5. your cards are gorgeous, eva! thanks for the technique-love this!

  6. Love this Eva...thanks for the tip! :)

  7. Great tip.. I always forget to do this... I'm gonna try this soon! xo

  8. LOVE these cards and love that you shared this. sometimes we forget the simple techniques-good to bring us back to our roots!