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!
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…
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
I hope you give this a try! It is a quick way to create a layered stamped background.
HERO ARTS KIT + BLOG HOP
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…
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.