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Color Stamp Layering on Dark Cardstock

Hi! Today I share a technique for being able to do colorful stamp layering on dark cardstock. The look is unique and gorgeous!

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Sometimes it is difficult to stamp colorful images on dark cardstock. This is usually done using pigment inks or the new Distress Oxide Inks since they are both opaque. However, most people don’t have many colors of such inks but instead have more dye inks. Today I show how you can get colorful stamping (including stamp layering) with dye inks on dark cardstock.

I created two cards – one on white cardstock and one on dark kraft cardstock – using the same stamps and inks. By doing this, you can see the different looks you get with this technique. Both feature the Gina K Layered Lilies and Simon Says Stamp CZ Design Hello You Stamp Sets… two must-have sets!

On a piece of Ranger Kraft Cardstock, I stamped the bottom layer of the Gina K Layered Lilies with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink. After drying it completely, I stamped the remaining layers of the lily with WPlus9 Shell Pink, Gina K Peach Bellini, and Gina K Tomato Soup Dye Inks. By first stamping in white pigment ink (and drying completely), the dye inks have a “base” to sit on… allowing them to show up on the darker cardstock. Easy peasy! I did the same with the leaves, using Gina K Jelly Bean Green, Gina K Grass Green, and Gina K Fresh Asparagus Dye Inks.

Check out how that flower seems to glow, thanks to the white base of ink color. I also added interest to the center of the flower with gold heat embossing. I am impressed by the number of layers included in the Gina K Layered Lilies Stamp Set. It is easy to line up and so very detailed! I also added drops of Tonic Rose Water Nuvo Jewel Drops for pink-tinted rain drops.

The sentiment on the card is from the new Simon Says Stamp CZ Design Hello You Stamp Set. That “hello” is stunning! And I used the Gina K Happy Mail Stamp Set for the matching envelope.

I also created another card with the same colors of inks. However this time I skipped the white base of ink and just stamped directly onto the white cardstock. I am in love with those colors of ink. Swoon!

Here is a close look at the details of the flower…

For this card, I gold heat embossed the greeting from the Simon Says Stamp CZ Design Hello You Stamp Set… and again used images from the Gina K Happy Mail Stamp Set for the envelope.

Pretty amazing how these two cards look different in coloring, but use the same inks. Not sure which I like better!


The Simon Says Stamp CZ Design Hello You Stamp Set is new from Simon Says Stamp… and were designed by the fabulous Cathy Zielske. Cathy has been a friend of mine for years and has recently jumped head first into cardmaking. Be sure to follow her! (She has been in the scrapbooking world for years and is hilarious!)

You can see all of the new CZ Design products HERE. Lots of great sentiments and word dies!


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