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Video: Ink Layering + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Welcome STAMPtemberSTAMPtember is a month-long celebration over at Simon Says Stamp… with exclusive products, sales, giveaways and more. Yesterday I shared a Product Release Close-Up Video showing the newest products just released and today I am back for the STAMPtember Blog Hop.

Here’s a video showing some fun ink layering

[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.]

Layering of white pigment ink and colorful dye ink has been one of my favorite techniques for a long time. (You can see variations on this technique HERE, HERE and HERE.) This ink layering is a great way to get a new look out of a background stamp… and get more use from dye inks.

After stamping the new Simon Says Stamp Leaves Background with white pigment ink on white cardstock, you can’t really see anything. But once you stamp over the background with colorful dye inks and various stripes from the Simon Says Stamp Jumbo Stripes stamp set, magic happens…

The white pigment ink slightly resists the colorful dye ink, resulting in a fun faux-texture. Cool, huh?

I really believe that the Jumbo Stripes stamp set is a great stamp investment. You can use it for stripes, borders, plaid patterns, kissing techniques, etc… in addition to this ink layering technique. For this card, I stamped the stripes in SSS Coral Reef, Hero Arts Butter Bar, SSS Green Leaf, SSS Blue Jay, and SSS Fog inks. (These colors were inspired by a Color Coordinates color combo that Shari Carroll shared on the Simon Says Stamp blog. I *love* these color suggestions! She has done a few and you can see them HERE.)

The sentiment on this card is a combo of two – – “my friend” from the Simon Says Stamp Oh Happy Day stamp set and the “you’re pretty awesome” from the Jumbo Stripes set. I also added a tiny gold glitter paper die cut heart. Swoon.

I also was longing to use the new Simon Says Stamp Hello Friend stamp set, so I repeatedly stamped the doodles over the whole background with white pigment ink. (This is a good example of how to do this technique if you don’t have any background stamps.) I then stamped the stripes with SSS Hot Lips, Hero Arts Orange Soda, Hero Arts Butter Bar, SSS Green Leaf, SSS Scuba, and SSS Blue Jay inks.

For a finishing touch, I added two thin strips of white cardstock around the sentiment…

By the way, I added the stripe-stamped pieces to a white notecard with foam underneath so the sentiment would be set back. I really like this look and it mails nicely.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the STAMPtember Blog HopSTAMPtember is all about inspiring and celebrating the joy of stamping. What impresses me the most about STAMPtember is the people behind it. Heidi (the owner of SSS) has the biggest heart of anyone in this world, and she has a great team working with her. They have put so much into this month and have teamed up with *many* companies and artists. THAT is what I love about this industry – the collaboration.

(You can learn more about STAMPtember HERE. This is the 7th year!)

The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my favorite people – Laura Bassen. (To start at the beginning of the hop, be sure to head over to the SSS blog.)

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win one of the surprise collaboration stamp sets coming out later this month for STAMPtember? There are some REALLY good ones. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 9/6/15. (The winner’s name will be announced on the SSS blog. International entries are welcome.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thank you to SSS for the products to use for this hop!) Click on an image to see more: