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 love the ocean. My first memories are at the beach, though I live in Colorado now. It always makes my heart happy when I get the chance to see the ocean. I absolutely love the cards!

  2. I just ordered this kit and can’t wait to try out this technique! It’s the first time I’ve ordered a kit and am so excited to use it! Thanks for all the great tips in the video.

  3. I live a couple of miles from the ocean and go to the beach but I but don’t go in the water. I love sea creature images, especially octopi, sea horses and jelly fish (although getting stung by jellyfish is NO fun).

  4. Another great video Jennifer! Thank you! I think it’s so nice to sit under a cabana with a drink in your hand and I used to say a good book but now I’m thinking my coloring on the go bag.and listen to the sound of the waves while color.

  5. Love…love…love your technique! I haven’t used Perfect pearls in a long time.. forgot how gorgeous it can look! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love the look of these cards, gonna give this technique a try!! I am a lover of the ocean…I respect, adore and cherish it, but I don’t swim and I sunburn easily so I don’t stay long on the beach! I do love boating though!!!

  7. Love this technique !! You never let us down … Now if I could win I would have everything needed .

  8. Fantastic colour variety across the different cards. Love this technique and it works very well with the more realistic images.

  9. These cards are stunning Jennifer! I grew up close to the ocean in Florida. To say I love the ocean is a big understatement! I was privileged to see a sea turtle laying her eggs when I lived there–fascinating. I would love to win this beautiful set of stamps–thanks for the opportunity and for your wonderful tutorials!

  10. I love these sea life stamp sets you’re using because I love ocean animals! They’re so cool! I wasn’t sure about this technique until I watched the video, because the photos absolutely do not capture the gorgeous shine you’ve got going on with that Perfect Pearl. I don’t have any HA shadow ink yet but I’m going to experiment with what I have and see if I can get the same effect!

  11. The two colors blended with the wave background stamp is terrific! I love ocean images but have a difficult time trying to put them together in a card. Once again, you’ve given me some great ideas to try. I think the bubbles were a wonderful touch for adding dimension to these cards. Thanks for sharing!

  12. So loved the cards you made with the July Card Kit from Hero Arts! I love the ocean and all it has to offer. My favorites are the sea turtles and the octopus, but the jellyfish were cool too! Can’t wait to move to Florida to enjoy the coastal areas again. The kit is sold out so I hope I have the opportunity to win this gem of a set. Thanks!

  13. I absolutely love the cards. The kit is beautiful. I wish I could get it. I live in Florida and work at a park on the Gulf of Mexico. The stamp set would fit right in with projects I do. Thanks for the inspiration

  14. I have not ever seen the ocean, but I sure love all the sea creatures that live there! Great video…will have to give this technique a go…love Perfect Pearls too!

  15. I love this technique and the stamps are just perfect for it! Your video makes me really believe that I too could do this! Thanks again!

  16. I have some friends who love love love marine life, and I’ve been lamenting the lack of good stamps for them in my collection! But I have trouble finding some that I like, so this might be the perfect solution. Definitely like toys use of them, it makes the stamps more approachable I think.

  17. I love the sea life in the ocean. My husband works in the ocean so I am really partial to these stamps. Ordered mine the day you posted and got them already. Can’t wait to try this technique. Thanks. These cards are gorgeous!

  18. Another awesome technique! i love all these gorgeous creations. the sentiments are wonderful also.

  19. Hello Jennifer. Love the video and the techniques. Tried my Distress Inks and my Stampin Up inks. They both change with the versa mark but not as nicely as the Shadow Ink. You asked us if we like the ocean… Of course, who doesn’t love the ocean. Sand in my toes and an umbrella drink in my hand (it would be heaven).

  20. Gads! These cards are absolute knock-outs! I’m so sorry I missed this kit. Who knows. Maybe I’ll win one! LOL! Thanks for sharing Kristina’s tip- apparently I missed that one too! I think I need to start paying attention a bit more! And yes, big BIG fan of the ocean. I could sit by it and enjoy the view and sounds for hours.

  21. What a fun technique! I don’t have the inks you mentioned, but will give it a shot with what I do have. Really like the cards you created…in fact I love ’em. Love ocean and beachy type stamps, esp in the summer time.

  22. I love how your cards look like they are right in the ocean and yes, they do have dimension. You did an amazing job with the colors and the stamping. I feel like I could jump right into the ocean with all your cards! Love them!

  23. I have an annual BBQ that is Nautical/Under the Ocean themed. This year is my 5th annual and for the second year I am hand making all of the invitations and many of the decoration. I keep and eye out year round for things that I can use at my BBQ. Thank you for the ideas.

  24. I found this video fascinating, from the lovely venomous jelly fish to the beautiful navy shadow ink. I look forward to learning new techniques from you. The sounds of the ocean and its salty waters fill my heart with happiness, I long to visit it again.

  25. Love being near water especially the ocean. A place of healing for the mind, heart and soul.
    Wow, this is my favorite video of yours, so beautiful. I hope I can create such unique cards.

  26. I LOVE the ocean and all sea creatures. In fact, if I wasn’t a nurse I would be a marine biologist.. I love the hero arts kit and am bummed that when I went to Hero’s Art website last night after I watched your video it was already sold out. Your cards are so septacular I guess I will have to try it out with another stamp set. Thanks so showing another great video, as always you are amazing.

  27. Love these ocean images and this technique is so fun to try. I live on the ocean now and wouldn’t be anywhere else. Thanks for the video, will definitely give this a try.

  28. Wow great technique! I love the ocean…I’m a scuba diver and studied marine invertebrates..I live for those colors which are same palette as my studio…..have to go find my shadow inks….

  29. SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE The New Kit and the AMAZING Images!! I’ve ALWAYS LOVED the Ocean and anything to do with Marine Life!! My Mother was accepted to go to Marine Biology School in Florida, when she changed her mind to go to Nursing School instead!! She’s has ALWAYS shared he Passion of Marine Life with us and I think I LOVE it that much MORE because of her!! =) Your Cards are BEAUTIFUL and I REALLY LOVED the Video!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  30. Thanks for the tips. I purchased perfect pearls years ago I will have to find it and try this technique. Have a great day!

  31. I absolutely love these ocean themed stamp sets! I lived in san Diego for many, many years and loved the ocean. I also love this new technique and hope it will work with my ink pads as I just cannot afford the additional cost of new ones. I am totally amazed at your creative mind! Thank you once again!

  32. I am so much a lover of the ocean!! I miss it, it’s been a long time since I have been to the ocean and dipped my toes in it! I just love all the neat ocean themed stamp sets you used. this is such a neat technique with the shadow ink sets. I don’t have any of those, but I am gonna try it with some ink sets that I do have. I love all the ideas for using white pigment ink, I do have that kind but never really used it much. Now I have a good reason to get it out and use it more. I simply love all of your beautiful cards, you inspire me so much. I am so glad that you put out the videos and I appreciate the closed captioning as well on them. Sometimes I want to watch them but don’t want to disrupt the tv show my husband is watching and it allows me to have the sound down and also be able to know what you are saying and be able to watch the video. Thanks for all you do. ~Gin K.~

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