Monochromatic Ink Layering + Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome back. Today I show monochromatic ink layering using some great new Hero Arts products. I am also taking part in a fun blog hop with giveaways!

Monochromatic Ink Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I have used Hero Arts Shadow Inks for many, many years now. (In fact, these inks have lasted so long and haven’t needed reinking!) I reach for these inks often for their great results. Awhile back, Kristina Werner told me how she accidentally discovered that when you stamp VersaMark Ink on top of Shadow Ink, a “reaction” takes place and the ink color lightens and changes. (That girl rocks – you can find her blog HERE.) Well, I used this trick along with several others to create a monochromatic ink layered effect…

Monochromatic Ink Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this technique, I started by heavily inking white cardstock with a dark color of Hero Arts Shadow Ink. I then stamped on top of the inked paper with VersaMark Ink and let it dry. The results? A lighter image. I did even more stamping with Unicorn White Pigment Ink and brushed on some Perfect Pearls. All of the monochromatic layers create the look of dimension.

Here I used Hero Arts Tide Pool Shadow Ink and images from the new Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit and a sentiment from the Hero Arts Seahorse Stamps

Monochromatic Ink Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added the sentiments with white embossing powder so it would stand out. Although I didn’t do it, you could add even more “dimension” by adding clear embossing powder or silver pigment ink.

This example uses the Hero Arts Emerald Green Shadow Ink with the new Hero Arts Octopus stamp set. Isn’t that octopus amazing?

Monochromatic Ink Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Remember – all you need for this technique is a bold color of Hero Arts Shadow Ink… and Versamark, white pigment ink, and Perfect Pearls. I consider these later products essentials for all cardmakers!

Here is a navy background with a turtle from the Hero Arts kit

Monochromatic Ink Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also add variation in the background color with an Ink Blending Tool. This adds to the feel of dimension! And I still can’t get enough of the Hero Arts Goldfish Stamps

Monochromatic Ink Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This seahorse card background is my favorite. I started with an ombre inked background using Tide Pool and Emerald Green ink. I then stamped on top with the Waves background stamp and VersaMark. Isn’t that pretty? I then used the Hero Arts Seahorse stamp


I added bubbles with drops of Glossy Accents. The cool thing? The Glossy Accents changed the color of the inked background on a couple of the cards. I love it!

Monochromatic Ink Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Remember – VersaMark Ink doesn’t “react” the same with all inks. I found it works best with Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Simon Says Stamp Dye Inks, and WPlus9 Dye Inks. Instead of VersaMark, you could use Distress Inks and water for a similar look.

Monochromatic Ink Layering Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you give this a try! It is a quick way to create a layered stamped background.


Each month, Hero Arts releases an exclusive, limited, My Monthly Hero Kit. July’s kit has the great ocean theme, so Hero Arts is donating 10% of the profits from this kit to ocean preservation through the World Wildlife Foundation. I love that they are doing this!

Remember – you have to hurry – supplies are limited! And the price is a deal… the kit value is nearly $60 and Hero is selling it for $34.99. Here is a look at the kit…


There are also add-on items that are available to go with this kit. You can see them all HERE.

So Hero Arts is having a blog hop today to celebrate the launch of this kit. The next person on the hop is Jenn Shurkus – one of my favorite people! (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the Hero Arts blog.)


Hero Arts is giving away one July My Monthly Hero Kit as a prize to a blog reader… selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/10/16 telling if you are a lover of the ocean like me! (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. I was given the kit to participate in the hop. As always, this post was NOT sponsored or paid.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Hero Arts (HA), etc.

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635 thoughts on “Monochromatic Ink Layering + Hop + Giveaway”

  1. I do love the ocean although I sunburn easily so I don’t visit often lol 🙂 Your cards look awesome! I’m going to have to give the versamark trick a try it looks so neat on your cards!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win 🙂

  2. Love your cards, they look so cool. Yes, I love the ocean too. We spent our vacations there every year. It’s so relaxing.. Thanks.

  3. They’re amazing, Jennifer! I’ve got to try this one for sure. I picked up a special PP brush at Tuesday Morning ages ago. I hope my powders are PP. Great new stamps by HA! Love them because Yes, I love the Water be it Ocean or Lake. Love to search for shells and I’m part fish. LOL.

  4. Love the ocean…..moved to Cape Town & now surrounded by the sea. Sunday’s are spent walking the dogs & kids along the beautiful beaches. Soothes the soul 😉
    Tx for all the inspiration & chance to win!!!

  5. I loved these cards! Being in California we go to the ocean a lot, the kids love the tide pools where they can learn about all of the little creatures that they see. Thank you for another great video, and giveaway.

  6. Wonderful Technique! Love the colors that came out and will try this myself. Does this work on canvas?
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love the ocean! I live on an island in the Caribbean and have an SSI Diving License. Thanx for the videos and tips!

  8. I love the monochrome ink layering and the water droplet effect. It reminds me a lot of the ocean and the wonders within.

  9. Just tried this with Stampin Up ink (newer version) and it doesn’t work- just thought I’d save someone the effort if they were planning on trying it with SU ink.

  10. I love the ocean and these backgrounds are perfect for these stamp sets and this kit. Love the ink pad in the kit too.

  11. Love this technique – very clever. AND I love the stamps I can see using them in many ways

  12. I really love the look of thesse cards, Thank you for the video so I can give this technique a try.

  13. Thank you for all of your videos and how to use the monochromatic layering with the ocean life. My 9 year old daughter and I love learning new techniques from you. 🙂

  14. I love this release!! I used to live in Florida and fell in love with the ocean as a kid, and whenever I travel to a new place, I almost always check out their aquariums because I just LOVE all the animals that live in the sea! This release captures a lot of that for me!

  15. You find such lovely products! I remember watching the waves around Maine’s rocky shores for hours as a teen. Thanks for sharing this technique.

  16. I love, love, love the ocean! The sound of the waves and watching the rolling waves is so relaxing. My family loves going to aquariums to see all the amazing sea life. 🙂

  17. Any tips for adding a layer of white heat embossing? I’ve tried this technique, but even after heat setting and a generous application of anti-static powder, I still get embossing powder stuck all over the areas that have been stamped with VersaMark for the first layer. Everything is definitely dry, I don’t have the issue on areas stamped with my white pigment ink.

  18. Love the ocean and you realize how small you are in the vastness of all that blue. How Mother Nature can calm a storm and leave the signs of peace and promises of the rainbow, birds and the calming effects of the water. Sunset are a bonus along the all the beautiful weather scrapes. Peace is the feeling that I get when I’m in the ocean.

  19. Love these designs and your video’s in general. Just had my Hero Arts pack through – post takes a while over here in the UK so just started to try and make some of these. May I ask, the card that you are stamping onto – what size do you cut that to?
    Thanks for all the brilliant video’s, wish I was as artistic & talented as you are.

  20. I love that my sister and I have gotten to share our love of the ocean by taking an ocean adventure together the last few years … always love your ocean pictures.

  21. I love this collection. Of course your cards are always beautiful. Don’t everyone love the ocean…..

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