Adding Ink Details + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! Today I share a few simple ways to add ink details to stamped images. And you likely already have the tools you need! I am also participating in a blog hop, have an ink swatch download… and giveaways!

Ink Details 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 think it is fun to add details to my stamped images. It just gives more detail and changes the look a bit. It is most effective with simple images, but today I decided to use the details to make several realistic looking flower even more realistic. It is fun!

If you look closely at the Altenew Pretty Pansies Stamp Set flowers on this card, there is quite a bit of detail… lots of lines leading out from the center of the petals, etc. I actually did this with matching ink and the straight edge of my bone folder. It works great! If you have a perfect matching marker, you could use that, too. I can’t believe how real these pansies look!

Ink Details Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the new Altenew Arabesque Medallion Stamp to gold heat emboss the background on the previous card… and white heat embossed it on this next card. Both of the sentiments are from the Altenew Sketchy Floral Stamp Set.

Ink Details Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added detail to the center of my flowers. I added a bit of my Sakura Quickie Glue Roller Pen and gold heat embossed it. Yep – that glue pen works good for embossing!

I used a few of the new Altenew Inks on this card, along with a few older colors. (You can see the colors I used at the end of this post.) The yellow flower was done with the new Altenew Deep Pocketful of Sunshine Inks. Swoon! The perfect yellow!

Ink Details Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this next card, I created a flower and leaves using the Altenew Totally Tropical Stamp Set. I added ink dot details using my ink pad and stylus! Easy and fast. Be sure to watch the video to see how much it adds to the already-beautiful flower. The “hello” sentiment is also from the Altenew Totally Tropical Stamp Set.

Ink Details Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you look closely, this background is also white heat embossed with the Altenew Arabesque Medallion Stamp. I also added a bit of Altenew Citrus Burst Ink over the area behind the flower. I really like that glow. The pretty pearls are from the Lucy’s Cards Candy Bright Pearls and the sentiment is from the Altenew Totally Tropical Stamp Set.

On all of my cards I added a bit of DIY gold paper. Creating this is simple: I just covered white cardstock with Versamark and gold heat embossed it. This way I know it matches the embossing on the card perfectly!

Ink Details Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


I have a free Ink Swatch Download for the Altenew Crisp Dye Inks just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE.

To see all the Altenew inks, head HERE.


This post is also a part of the Altenew July 2017 Stamp/Die/Ink Release Blog Hop. Soooo many great new products – you can find all the new products HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the home of the Altenew Scrapbook Blog. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Blog.)


How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/27/17 telling me your favorite ways to add fun details on your cards. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Altenew is also giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners! Head to the Altenew Blog for details.


Want to find 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. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Altenew. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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720 thoughts on “Adding Ink Details + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Just love your cards!!!!! The color combinations show warm feelings!!!!!I love the techniques you teach and love the brand Altenew. I am their Big Fan!!!!!

  2. I have so enjoyed your youtube videos. I am busy taking your tips on organizing to heart.
    Thank You!!

  3. Oh that pansies stamp set – adore! 😍 Thanks for all the tips! Never would have thought of using the flat edge of a bone folder! I love adding details with gel pens or colored pencils, will definitely try the stylus trick – so clever! Thanks for the inspiration! xx

  4. Love those pretty pansies! I have tried using a white gel pen to add details to my cards, but I can never get them to flow, however long I try warming them up on my finger the way Kathy does. I’m happy I don’t have that problem with my WoS and SN glitter pens. For a recent card, I added score lines, remberbering a recent video of yours.

  5. Love your cards! I use sequins and wink of stella for shimmer and lately have been trying stencils and paste or ink to add dimension and/or color to my backgrounds.

  6. I like adding nuvo drops for detail on my cards. Very lovely cards today using these ideas, I am always learning something from you.

  7. I like to use lots of sequins (dollar store have every color) and shimmer spray to make my cards sparkle.

  8. Those pansies are very pretty. The added detail definitely brings them up a notch.
    I like using sequins and double/triple mats to add more details to my cards. I also use a sparkle pen or Liquid Pearls to my cards.

  9. I love how you’re able to come up with unique and creative ideas! My favourite detail is sequins, sequins, sequins!!

  10. What a beautiful and creative technique! I love using wink of stella or rhinestones to add details my cards, and recently, a la Kathy Racoosin, adding white dots to my florals and leaves! But this is such a lovely idea! Definitely going to try this!

  11. What a brilliant idea to use tools to add detail to the flowers! I either use a black or white pen or Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.

  12. My favorite way is to leave 3 small embellishments at the lower right or upper right corner of the card for added “bling”.

  13. I am still learning, but adding some Spectrum Noir Sparkle to my cards, just make them POP sometimes!! Love watching and learning from your videos!! Beautiful cards!! Such an inspiration!

  14. I too am a creative lady named Jennifer and I am always so thankful to learn from you! I just love adding texture to my cards and have recently have enjoyed putting lots of layers of embossing powder to make metal looking embellishments. Thanks for sharing those tips on adding details with ink using supplies we already have thats great!

  15. Your cards are beautiful! I like adding my white gel pen and wink of stella to my cards, I got the idea from you 🙂
    Thank you for all your fun & wonderful ideas!

  16. I enjoy playing with embossing powders and am just learning to splatter ink! Thank you for your inspiration!

  17. Today I used DMC silver floss that I saw you use in an older video. But mainly I use Nuvo Jewel Drops and sequins. Sometimes I use them both together. A clear sequin with a colored nuvo drop looks mighty fine!

  18. Great Technique(s) and cards! You absolutely Amaze and Inspire me Spiritually and Creatively with your Kindness, Selflessness, and Techniques! When I first saw your cards , my first thought was this cardmaker has an Engineering or Architect background. The designs, techniques, colors are well thought out and executed for Clean, Simple yet Elegant card.(s)! Well Done….Great Works of Art! Mahalo Nui Loa for Sharing Your God Given Gift, Talent, Kindness, with us! <3

  19. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you very much for sharing your great ideas on making cards. You always give me a lot of great insights. Thank you, thank you and thank you! I love watching your videos and love your voice. I can feel your kindness throughout the air!

  20. Beautiful cards as always Jennifer! I’m new to csrdmaking and trying to “soak up” tips to make cards with. I love the use of little pearl accents. I think they make a card look so elegant.

  21. The pansies are beautiful! I have loved that flower since I was a little girl…they remind me of my grandma. I will definitely have to try adding details. You made it so simple!

  22. Thank you Jennifer for inspiring me to get my favorite tools out and look at them and my ink in a new way! Some of my favorite videos of yours are the ones where you bring a blast from the past and remind us that a technique is still really cool! Thanks!

  23. As usual your ideas and technique are so amazing. You hardworking and talented gal. love your work!!!!

  24. Oh Jennifer, how I love the cards you created! They are stunning. Thank s for sharing your creativity with us.

  25. Hello Jennifer!
    My favorite way to add fun details definitely die cuts! I have a love affair with die cuts.. thanks for all the cool cards & inspiring videos.

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