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Video: Ink Layering + Giveaway

Hi there! I am always looking for ways to use my inks creatively to get new looks. Today I show how to layer pigment and dye inks to create incredible patterns with the help of stencils. I also have news to share about a great new challenge and some giveaways.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I created six different cards using this technique and found that vibrant and dark colors of cardstock work best. I chose some cardstock colors by My Favorite Things and inked each one with a different stencil by Hero Arts using their Unicorn White Pigment Ink and a sponge dauber. Since I used a pigment ink, I heat set the ink until it was dry. I then placed the stencil back on top of the pattern, shifting it slightly, and applied a Hero Arts Shadow (Dye) Ink. Since dye ink absorbs into the paper, you get a soft color on top of the white.

The results? A pattern that looks like it has three colors. First, you have the bright white. Second, you have the tone-on-tone of the colored ink on the colored cardstock. And finally – the best part – a muted third color where the two inks overlap.

This is an excellent technique to use with pretty much any stencil. Today I use six new fab stencils from Hero Arts. (Check the thumbnails below for each stencil.) They were perfect for this technique…

I find you get the best results by using the pigment ink first and then the dye ink on top. Since pigment ink “sits on top” of the paper, it would just cover up any ink underneath it if you did it second.

For the greetings, I die cut white circles and stamped greetings from the new Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Hello Gorgeous, Love You So, and Bold Blooms stamp sets. I also die cut a larger circle from vellum to frame the white circle and adhered messy-triple-bows of DMC thread behind it.

This technique is great for backgrounds, but would also work to create a highlighted area behind a main image. In the past I have done a similar technique of overlapping white pigment ink with colored dye ink, but with stamps instead. You can find that post HERE.

MIX IT UP CHALLENGE

This post is part of a new challenge over at Ellen Hutsonthe Mix It Up Challenge.

For this challenge, the folks at Ellen Hutson feature one manufacturer… and use that company’s products along with Ellen’s products together on one card. Because I do work with Hero Arts, they asked me to create a card with the new Hero Arts (the stencils) and the new Essentials By Ellen (the stamps).

You can play along also! Just head over HERE to upload your projects using Hero Arts and Essentials by Ellen by 3/17/15. There will be a $50 gift certificate awarded to a random participant! Head HERE for more info.

GIVEAWAY

I also have a giveaway for one lucky winner! For your chance to win THREE new Hero Arts stencils, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/17/15 telling me if you have ever used stencils for cardmaking. (Winner’s name will picked randomly and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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899 thoughts on “Video: Ink Layering + Giveaway”

  1. Hi Jennifer,
    I have just begun using stencils on my cards. I actually bought rubber cement last week in order to try the technique you showed on some of your previous videos. I used it to mask a sunburst stencil and also a hot air balloon. They turned out so well! The Hero Arts Interlocking Circles is absolutely gorgeous… I can’t wait to try the layering technique, but I’ll need that stencil. πŸ˜‰

  2. WOW – what DELICIOUS inking and DELIGHTFUL cards!!!
    No, I have never used stencils for cardmaking or any crafting … I confess that I recently bought some by Winnie & Walter but haven’t used them yet, thought I would only be using distress inks with them, NOW I KNOW I will be using dye & pigment inks too – THANK YOU for INSPIRING me to give it a try πŸ™‚

  3. What a beautiful technique. I have started using stencils a bit. Mainly with embossing paste. I did use one on a mixed media canvas piece with paint. They are so fun. Gotta try this technique.

  4. Stencils are awesome and I have used them on cards as backgrounds. This technique is great and really adds “dimension” to the design without adding any bulk – love that!

  5. I have used stencils in card making, but usually I use them with white embosssing paste or embosssing paste I color on my own. Your cards make me want to stretch my supplies, though!

  6. yes, I have used stencils for cardmaking but I find it very hard to use them often. Mostly I use them to spary water on an inblended surface. To create a watermark on the inked background. TFS!

  7. Hi Jennifer, Thanks for posting this wonderful new technique. I love using stencils! I’ve used them with embossing paste, with bead gel, and just with inks! Today I used your new-to-me technique for this coming week’s Color Challenge on Splitcoast (I’m one of the hostesses). Would it be OK if I include a link to your video? Thanks again!

  8. I’ll be honest that I have not used stencils that much in card making until recently…and I have you (and a few other of your lovely, incredibly talented YouTube ladies!) to thank for showing me that there are many, many more ways to use them than I’d ever thought possible. I had simply been using them (alphabet stencils) on my mixed media projects to write…and that’s basically it, so thank you! Xo

  9. Another wondrful and useful technique to allow me to use all the wonderful stencils I’m slowly learning to use!

  10. WOW Jennifer… such an awesome technique!! I cannot wait to try this. Thanks for the video and for the chance to win!!!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

  11. Sometimes I use stencils on my card, I want to use it more than I do it just has not happened, I also do custom stencils that I use

  12. Jennifer….. This is a new technique for me. I can’t wait to try it. The video was great. Thank you so much. And a chance to win too !

  13. I have 3 stencils so far which I like but saw your YouTube on text paste and planning to try it WISH me luck .Going to replay your YouTube video shimmer I do it so I winter mess it up at least I hope so. πŸ™‚

  14. I have just recently tried using a stencil for making card backgrounds. It did not go quite as good as I planned in my mind. I am learning lots from you, and know things will get better from the tips! Thanks!

  15. I have not yet used stencils in card making but eagerly await the arrival of my ordered texture paste so that I can try that new to me medium.

  16. I have not used stencils on my cards yet, since Im pretty new to cardmaking I havent got around to buy any just yet.

  17. Hi Jennifer & Kristina, I always enjoy your Q & A sessions. I have learned so much from watching you over the last few years since I discovered you both. I don’t have time to commit to a blog of my own but I love to check in with you & K as well as a few others; Julie E & Vickie P being a couple of other faves. Thank you so much for the chance to win the Erin C planner.

  18. I’ve only used large stencils, where there are several shapes on a page. I don’t have any of the kind you use here, but would love to win them! Thanks!!

  19. After watching this video it makes me want to dig out my stencils I used to only use for spritzing. What a nice 3D look you achieved!

  20. I love using stencils, I especially started to enjoy using them when I purchased texture paste, based on your recommendations!

  21. I am very excited about the possibility of winning the gift certificate toward an Erin Condra planner. Currently , I am using a 15 month calendar I purchased from Staples, but have been very interested in trying one of Erin’s planners. I’m an empty-nester but have found my life becoming increasingly complex as I venture into new realms of living; from a burgeoning interest in music, to babysitting young grandkids, to managing a ranch, and caring for my 82 year old mother who is a new Christian author, my life is complex! Help with organization would be much appreciated!

  22. Great cards, Jennifer! Stencils are one of my favorites! I had one that I used at a class once. It was so delicate (and beautiful) that I retired it in fear of ruining it. Sad, huh? Thanks for the opportunity to win some new stencils!!!!

  23. I haven’t used stencils yet..but am wanting to try it… thank you for your videos, I have learned a lot from you.

  24. Hi Jennifer, thanks for showing this technique. I have never used stencils before, but it looks like such an easy way to make beautiful cards! Love it!!

  25. Yes, I have used stencils for cardmacking but I normally use them with embossing paste and then ink up over it after dry. I have to try some of the techniques you showed us here.

  26. I use stencils for cards rarely, I prefer stamps. They just come out cleaner looking and there are oh so many stamps out there that are awesome!! Your cards here are awesome, thanks for the tut!!

  27. Those colors are so “Springy” and fresh. The faux textures are awesome, I need to find some more stencils to use, with smaller all over designs. Thank again for the inspiration, you never disappoint. HAPPY EASTER

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