February 12, 2016

A Year of Card Techniques ~ February Blog Hop ~ Ink Layering

Welcome to 

 February Blog Hop

It's month two of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products. Join us the second Saturday of each month in 2016 for a new hop filled with great cards.

This month we will be focusing on ink layering techniques and OMGosh have we got some cool cards for you. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.

Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Blitsy.com gift certificate at the end of the year.

Don't worry, if you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.

Now on with the projects.

"Ink Layering" is a fun technique and there are many different ways to archive it. See my blog post from Thursday (HERE) to get some more details on the techniques I used for the cards shown here. 

I have to admit, this is one of my favorite techniques that I used with this card. I stamped the outline of the flowers in our CTMH Colonial White ink (cream) and let them dry over night. I used the full flower background stamp from the same flower set and CTMH Pixie ink (pink) to stamp right on top of the white outline image. These stamps are super easy to line up since they are clear. The area where the cream hits the pink ink you can see a second shade of pink. Finally I stamped the outline again in CTMH Pomegranate ink (darker pink) just a little of from the original cream image. Amazing how these colors make the image pop. I will describe how I made the rest of the card in a post next week here on the blog.

My second example is done similar to the first, but instead of stamping on a white piece of cardstock I used CTMH's Sorbet cardstock and matching ink. Like in the previous card, I stamped the outline of this flower stamp in CTMH White Daisy ink and let it dry. This time I used only the full image flower stamp and CTMH Sorbet ink to stamp over the outline. Even so the ink matches the cardstock, it still will stand out just a bit darker. The white outline will turn into an off shade of the Sorbet ink. In the technique post on Thursday you can see how the card started.

This background was created with two stamp sets. I stamped the stripes first with White ink and off set with Crystal Blue ink, leaving a strip between each row. The chevron stamp was used with Glacier ink and Juniper ink all CTMH inks and different shades of blue. The base is a piece of Crystal Blue cardstock. After everything was dry I went back over it with a couple of smaller word-stamps which came in the car stamp set. I used a grey ink (Slate) and stamped the words randomly over the page.

Here is an example were I used a stencil to create the background. I placed the stencil over a piece of CTMH Desert Sand cardstock and secured it well on my craft mat. For the first layer I used plain White Daisy ink and a sponge dauber. The dauber gave me more control while sponging the ink over all the openings on the stencil. Once I was done I removed the stencil, cleaned it and let the piece dry. The next day I lined the stencil back up with the white part and move it just slightly to the right and up. Now I went over the stencil with some Peacock distress ink and the result is a wonderful bubbly background.                                                                                                                          
Last but not least another stencil with a few dots all over it. Again using the Desert Sand cardstock as my base I secured the template onto my cardstock. Make sure if you use a stencil that they can't move on you. My first ink was the CTMH Daisy White ink again. This stencil had some very small opening, so I had to use the daubers again otherwise I wouldn't have gotten any ink through the little openings. Once the white ink was dry (I usually let it sit over night) I placed the stencil back on and moved it slightly to the left. This time I took Chocolate ink and filled in the holes with a dauber. Since this ink is not a pigment ink, it dried really fast, so after a few minutes I could move the stencil on more time to the left (just slightly again) and sponged Cocoa ink over it. The result is a three tone splatter spray pattern. 

Remember to check back here during next week to see more details of these cards and how they were created.    

Well, these are only a few samples of a lot of different way to use ink layering technique. Don't forget to leave a comment beneath and hop over to Denise's blog.                            

Up next is the wonderful Denise with her blog "Craft Confectionery" 

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Claudia...Your are here!


  1. Claudia, you've used your ink layerings in such creative ways and I love them all. I can't pick a favorite because I love them all! It was great fun hopping with you!

    1. Thank you Kim, same can be said about your wonderful creations. Can't pick a favorite one either, but already drew some inspiration from them ;) ...we will have more fun this year :-)

  2. Awesome cards! Love those florals.
    Thanks for another great hop.

  3. Nice cards. It is amazing how much depth those dots get from doing that extra stamping with them.

  4. As usual, these are all great cards. Love the one with the roses and you've also got a couple of great masculine cards. The one with the pebbles looks 3-D. Super cool! Thanks for the encouragement to keep going:-) See you on the next hop!

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  5. Wow - these are fabulous. My favorites are those beautiful florals. They are really pretty.

  6. Beautiful cards. I'm so impressed with what you have done. I too love the first card you made.

  7. Thank you everyone for the nice comments...keep them coming ;) keep blog hopping with every month. Who know, you might be the winner at the end :-)