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. This set perfectly captures the fluidity of sea creatures and your cards look great. I love they made some more layered stamps! I enjoy the ocean and I think that everybody has respect for it. By the way, don’t let balloons fly off into the sky- they really hurt the animals in the ocean. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great cards and all of the colors are beautiful and of course remind us of the ocean. I love and appreciate the animals and other things in the ocean and the organizations and individuals that work to preserve it. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  3. Thank you for creatively showcasing stamp sets that I had previously dismissed. An octopus? I don’t think so! And yet, your cards make me want to get the whole sea-series! Beautiful!

  4. I don’t usually participate in the blog hops because there are so many comments posted before I can get to it, like yours. But I love your work and after seeing your card designs it just made me bite the bullet and try to post a comment. Your cards are so beautiful and stunning. The color choices are great and the techniques you teach are awesome. I also love this month’s stamp kit and will be sure to make some of these cards. Thank you for sharing your talents with us and take care.

  5. Gaaaaaa…I never post comments but I can not tell you how much I love your cards and these techniques here! How do you keep topping yourself?!?!
    I have always loved the ocean and it’s animals. I live in IL now, but grew up in FL with the ocean yards away.

  6. I love all those cards, there are just terrific ! My favorite is the dark blue one with the turtle, it is just astonishing ! This kit is a MUST HAVE ! Can’t wait for receiving mine 😉 ! Thanks a lot for sharing and for the chance to win.

  7. Jennifer, you always make such beautiful things. You inspire me and encourage me to do more. I want to grow up to be just like you. =)

  8. What an amazing technique! Makes me want to get some shadow inks! Yes, the ocean is a place of great beauty and you captured some of that in these cards. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  9. OOhh my goodness, what awesome cards and a fun technique.
    I definitely going to try this out.
    I love the Sea tooooo… favorites from under (sometimes above) the sea are a Dolphins, Whales, Seahorses, Turtles…oh…to many to write ;o)

  10. This was a nice surprise as I have just been trying nautical themed cards and I loved the ideas. Love the ocean and am only 3 miles away! Will look at your other videos for more ideas.

  11. What a cool technique, especially for ocean cards! Each base color is gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it!

  12. You are so creative! I sure appreciate how you share your knowledge of card making! When I went to Hawaii I got to swim with turtles and see a whale jump out of the water. It was sooo cool!

  13. I am. I LOVE water in all shapes. The ocean, ponds, lakes, streams, fountains, you name it. I also love these stamps, the cards and the technique! Awesome!

  14. Hi Jennifer! Wonderful cards! Yes, I love the ocean ! I was born in a coastal city and you take that for granted… until you move!!! When somebody ask me what you miss the most right after the word “family” always comes up the phrase ” the sea”. Have a good one. 🙂

  15. Jennifer, all of these cards are wonderful. I have a huge respect for the ocean , but when I visit, I don’t go in! I’m a city gal, through & through!! I love the sound of waves hitting the shore, though!

  16. These are really beautiful cards! I love the techniques used and can’t wait to try them. The shadow inks really are reminiscent of the lovely blues and greens of the ocean. Thanks for sharing. And yes, I love the ocean.

  17. Hi Jennifer…always inspiring to watch you create. Love the ocean or any waterfront for its ability to allow one to relax and reflect on the incredible beauty of our planet.

  18. Once again, you have created absolutely beautiful cards. I love the ocean scenes in this card kit and the monochromatic layering really looks like the ocean depths. Great job Jennifer!

  19. Beautiful cards Jennifer! I love this stamp set! I do love the ocean I consider myself very lucky that I live near the gulf and can visit most weekends.

  20. I looove the ocean! but at the same time I am very afraid of it. It makes me kinda claustrofobic and triggers my fear of heights as well :S
    These cards are beyond amazing. Thank you so much for keep sharing so many techniques with us!

  21. I love these cards! the colors are beautiful and, YES, I love the ocean! I spent many of childhood vacations at the white sandy ocean beaches along the WA State Peninsula!

  22. I’m always amazed at the new techniques you constantly present. Love this one. It’s so easy! This is such a great Hero Arts kit!!

  23. Loving these cards! Especially the colours. I never tire of the ocean-it’s always changing and just absolutely beautiful.

  24. FABULOUS kit and AWESOME cards!!!
    LOVE the colours and under-the-sea-scenes!!!
    We are so lucky to live just a few kilometres from Port Phillip Bay, it is a pleasure to go all year long, from the hottest of summer days to the coldest, stormy winter days. Best experience was a mid-summer night dip and having the bioluminescent creatures glowing wherever we moved 🙂 I didn’t get to see the sea until my late teens, so it gives me great joy to be spending my married life with it just a short drive away.

  25. ohhh yes, I live on the Tropical Island now, being surrounded by coral reefs and ocean! I looove sea creatures. I esp. love Turtles! Just looking at the ocean colored cards just made me smile today 🙂

  26. Well personally I think both you and Kristina ROCK. Such a cool technique. I agree that the seahorse one is the coolest – great colors and it really does look like the ocean. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Love Love Love these cards! You’ve inspired me so much in my crafting!
    And I Love the ocean!

  28. I love these cards … And I love love love the ocean! I always wished ai lived on the coast and love to visit whenever I can.

  29. Jennifer, just stunning!!! I’ve watched this video three times in a row, lol! I love, love, love, this technique. The colors are gorgeous, and I love the glossy accent trick. Thanks for sharing your talents, and always inspiring to try new things.

  30. Love this technique I can’t wait to try it. I definitely love the ocean it’s so beautiful and is full of amazing creatures.

  31. I think my favorite thing in the world has got to be the ocean. It’s always been a place for me to go to get perspective in my life. Also these cards are just crazy pretty!

  32. I LOVE your cards! These are just so amazing!!!!! We live aboutan hours drive from the coast, I have a lovelycollection of seashells, (about 1000), from around he world and we visit our big aquarium here at least once a year! These stamps are gorgeous and your technique os sublime! Thank you!

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