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.
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
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.
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.)
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.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.