Eighth Altenew Class Submission: Irresistible Inking Techniques

Awesome! That’s the single perfect word for this class. Inking techniques that allow you to stretch the use of your inks and develop matching layers of paper for each card. Hats off to Sara Naumann for teaching these techniques! I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot.

After choosing one single stamp from the Altenew Gardenia Duo stamp set, I decided to heat emboss the image onto HQ watercolor paper (300 gsm) using Princess Gold embossing powder by Ranger. Using the image cut-out from the stencil set, I masked the flower and added leaves as if they were peaking out from behind the flower.

Next I placed smudges of Altenew mixed media ink’s in Frosty Pink, Frayed Leaf, Coral Berry and Evergreen on my glass craft mat along with a small water cup. Using Frosty Pink, I highlighted most areas on the gardenia petals leaving some white areas for contrast. Following with Frayed Leaf on the leaves, I then added darker colors of Coral Berry on the inside of the gardenia and small drops of Evergreen at the core of the leaves and along the veins. The flower was finished quickly because there was no waiting for ink to dry. Heat embossing is fast and it helps to keep the ink inside the lines.

While the floral image dried, I cut a slightly larger piece of watercolor paper and began to ink a very small acrylic block with Frosty Pink. After spritzing the block with water, I carefully inked the paper with four lines across the page and then inked the edges of the panel with the Frosty Pink ink pad. I love the fact that my second layer matches my gardenia!

Next I put a generous amount of Frayed Leaf on my glass mat and mixed it with water. Using a brayer (for the first time EVER!), I rolled a third, slightly larger, watercolor page with the mixture. Afterwards, I inked edges of this watercolor paper with the Frayed Leaf ink pad.

As I began to assemble the card, I realized it would make a wonderful Mother’s Day Card for my soon to be 88 year-old mother! Using Alyssa Stencil Script font and my Cricut, I printed the ‘Happy Mother’s Day!‘ sentiment using black ink on Neena Classic Crest 110 lb cardstock. I then cut a small rectangle around the text, edged it with Frosty Pink, edged the floral focal piece with Frosty Ink and began to build the card.

The sentiment is placed with foam tape at the bottom of the image. Both the image and the sentiment are then glued to the next layer bearing the light stripes of Frosty Pink. Next I wrapped the ribbon around, tied a bow and secured it all onto the green brayered image with foam tape. Lastly, all the pieces were adhered to Bazzill, Cotton Candy cardstock and topped off with three Pearly Pink Baubles from Trinity Stamps. For me, my card is never complete without a corresponding envelope so I used The Stamps of Life envelope liner with hearts to finish my project.

This card was lots of fun to make! I really loved this class and all it had to offer in techniques. Thanks so much for dropping by and please don’t hesitate to comment. Critiques are always welcomed!