Teal Thinking of You (Two-Tone Inking)

Thinking of You (Two-Tone Inking)


I saw this video where Gina K shows an inking technique she calls “Two-tone Inking” to create the look of layering stamps when using a single stamp and thought I’d give it a try.  It is basically a thumping technique, but instead of using markers, you use the edge of an ink pad to “thump” the second, darker color over the lighter ink on a stamp.

This technique will work with any solid or silhouette image stamp.  I used one of the flower images from the “Petal Prints, Two Step Stampin” set from Stampin’ Up (retired?).  (Even though this is a two step stamp set, I only used one of the layers for this card.)  First, I inked the stamp with GKD Sea Glass ink (the lighter color), and then I thumped over it with GKD Tranquil Teal.  It was suggested that you use the smaller ink cubes for this technique, but I only have the full size pad, and it worked fine.

I “smooshed” my background using GKD Seaglass ink and water.  I used some of this with a paintbrush for the splatters as well.  Tranquil Teal card stock was used for the mat panel.  The leaves (from the same Petal Prints stamp set) were “stamped off” with Sea Glass. The greeting can be found in the “Moments of Grace” set from Simon Says Stamp and was stamped with Tranquil Teal.

Over at the Modsquad Challenge Blog, the challenge this week is “A Time for Giving” where we are to “make a card to demonstrate GIVING such as kindness, thankfulness and friendship.”  This “Get Well” card was sent to let the recipient know she was in my thoughts and prayers as she recovered and to offer any help she might need until she gets back on her feet.

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A Few Quick Cards to Share…

A Few Quick Cards to Share…


I was cleaning my craft room recently and came across a few quick cards I had made a while back (and had kind of forgotten about!).



For this one, I embossed a piece of brown card stock with the Cuttlebug “Thanks” embossing folder (#37-1134) and then rubbed “Walnut Brown” Viva 3D-Stamp Paint over the whole panel.  Love, love, love the rich, metallic shine!

I cut a rectangle window from the embossed panel and another rectangle for the greeting (PSX E-2266) with dies from the Spellbinders “A2 Matting Basics” (A & B) die sets.  Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink was used for the greeting panel along with a Vintage Photo distress marker and a Ranger Distress Marker Spritzer Tool for the splattered dots.



For this next one, I added Gina K Designs Honey Mustard ink and water to my craft mat and dipped/dragged white card stock through it.  Then I used a paint brush to tap/splatter some Dark Chocolate ink and water over the panel.  I sponged the edges and stamped the leaves and greeting from the Momenta “Nature Set” (lot #0005702) with Dark Chocolate ink.  This panel was layered on another piece of white card stock and a Dark Chocolate base.


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For these, I let the patterned paper do all the work…  I used portions of a piece of Recollections “Thoreau Flowers” (#505802) paper along with Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe and either Peach Ballini or Edible Eggplant card stock from Gina K Designs.

The birthday stamp is from the “Birthday Bash” set by Fiskars.  The greeting on the second one is from the “Various Verses” set (retired?) by Gina K Designs.  Both greetings were stamped with SU Tip Top Taupe ink.


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Spring Tree Note Card (and a few variations)

Spring Tree Note Card (and a few variations)


In my last post, I shared a project I created to demonstrate die cutting, masking, and sponging for the Card Making Class I am teaching.  I also created some spring themed cards as options.

Here is one with slightly different colors:


For both these samples, I used “Meadow” Flower Soft to add a bit of texture and dimension.

We had done this same card design in the fall using “Autumn” Flower Soft and fall colors:


I also tried a sample using “Polar White” Flower Soft as snow, although I think I’d like it better if the “snow” were whiter/brighter.


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Multi-Layer Emboss Resist Sympathy Card

Multi-Layer Emboss Resist Sympathy Card


This card was inspired by the technique shown in this video.  I love how the background words “fade in and out” across the panel under areas of lighter and heavier sponged ink and behind the solid, embossed images.

To achieve this look, I started by repeatedly stamping a greeting on the white background panel with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Then, I stamped the leaves with versamark ink, added clear embossing powder, and heat set them.  Once cooled, I sponged Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink (with varying pressure) over the embossed leaf images and around the edges of the panel.  The embossed areas resisted the ink allowing the stamped background words to show through.  Sponging over these leaves also caused the area around the leaves to be highlighted.

I spritzed the background panel with a Walnut Stain distress marker and a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool.

I stamped the greeting on a small, white panel.  I then masked the area over my greeting with a torn piece of a post-it note and sponged and spritzed that as well.

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Goose Scene with Multi-Layer Stamping

Goose Scene with Multi-Layer Stamping


I’ve done multi-layer stamping before, but it has always been with three panels layered (and centered) one on top of the other.  I thought I’d try a more horizontal “scene” approach with this one.  (My scene layout was inspired by this card.)

HERE’S one I had done before…

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To do multi-layered stamping:

1.  Cut the panels you plan to layer and on which you plan to stamp.  (The sizes don’t matter; make them fit your design!)

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2.   Layer and temporarily adhere the panels as desired.  (Use removable adhesive behind the panels so it does not interfere with your stamping.)  For the goose sample above, I used two white rectangles – one positioned horizontally and the other smaller one positioned vertically and centered on the first.  (For the older sample, I used three white rectangles layered and centered from smallest to largest.)  Do not add the mats at this point; you are just layering the panels on which you will be stamping.

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3.   Simply stamp your images onto the layered panels making sure that some of the image(s) go over the border(s) so parts of the image(s) are on two (or more of the layers).  You may notice that the images don’t stamp really close to the borders of the overlapping card stock and leave a little gap.  That’s because the thickness of the card stock is preventing the stamp from making contact with the neighboring card stock.  That’s fine; these “gaps” will be covered with the mats.

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(At this point, add color if desired.  You want the color to flow across the panels just as the stamping does.  I did not add any color here in this quick tutorial but did in my finished card project.)


4.   Once all the stamping (and coloring/inking/shading if desired) is complete, separate the stamped panels, mat each one, and re-attach them by layering them the same way they were originally stamped.  Make sure to line up the images as best you can so it looks like they continue past the mats.

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Play around with different sizes and positions for your layered panels for a variety of card layouts!


To add the color to my images, I loosely sponged ink over and around the areas with a foam blending tool.  I just wanted a hint of color and was not going for a neatly colored scene.

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I used Recollections white, black and kraft card stock along with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink and Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand, Bamboo Leaves, and Summer Sky inks.  I spritzed ink over the panels with a Walnut Stain distress marker and a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool.  The embossing folder is Multi Stripes by Darice.  Stamps were from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” set (retired?).

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