Hello! Happy Monday. Today I am sharing how to create colorful, dreamy backgrounds with a combination of stamping and inking. There are many ways to use this technique using products you likely have!
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]
One ink that I recommend most is a good white pigment ink pad. I like Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (HA | SSS). This ink is great to use along with dye inks for wonderful layering. I started all of my examples by stamping the new Hero Arts Sunburst Bold Prints Stamp (HA | SSS) with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (HA | SSS) onto white cardstock. After it was dry (or heat set) I applied Distress Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. The white stamped image “resists” the ink added on top, giving a beautiful look.
On this first example, I added another layer of stamping on top… using the Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (HA | SSS) again along with images from the new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero February Kit. It gives such a dreamy background. I then die cut the background into a circle with my Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (HA | SSS)… and white heat embossed images from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero February Kit, along with a silver heat embossed sentiment on top. Finally, I impressed circles onto my notecard using the Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies (HA | SSS) and a Spellbinders Embossing Mats.
My next example features my favorite of these layered backgrounds. Again – after white stamping the Hero Arts Sunburst Bold Prints Stamp (HA | SSS), I applied Distress Ink… but this time I was more generous with the color. I again stamped on top with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (HA | SSS), but this time with the Hero Arts Tropical Foliage Stamp (HA | SSS). I love the layering! The sentiment is from the Hero Arts A Little Birdie Told Me Stamp Set (HA | SSS).
Isn’t that background dreamy?
This next card features another soft look. This time I stamped on top of my layered background with Hero Arts Tide Pool Dye Ink (HA | SSS) and feather and bird images. You can see how it just adds a subtle tone-on-tone look. The images on this card are from the Hero Arts A Little Birdie Told Me Stamp Set (HA | SSS) and Hero Arts Thank You Messages Stamp Set (HA | SSS)… both white heat embossed.
Next, I again stamped on top of a layered background with Hero Arts Tropical Foliage Stamp (HA | SSS), but this time with the Hero Arts Tide Pool Dye Ink (HA | SSS). Oh – and that sentiment is from the new Hero Arts Cardinal Stamp and Cut (HA | SSS).
You can also layer with both inks! Here I added stamping with both Hero Arts Tide Pool Dye Ink (HA | SSS) and Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (HA | SSS). Everything is subtle, but adds a bit of interest.
For my last card, I decided to add colored images from the Hero Arts Hummingbird Stamp Set (HA | SSS). These images are beautiful! The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Thank You Messages Stamp Set (HA | SSS).
Here are a few other videos with ink and stamp layering…
- Monochromatic Ink Layering Video
- Pigment & Dye Ink Layering Video
- White Pigment Ink Highlights Video
This post is part of a blog hop showcasing the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero February Kit. This kit has a large stamp set, many dies, and more! The kit value is $70… but only costs $34.99! You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does now have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.
HERE is the kit. All this is valued at $70, but costs under $35…
There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.
The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my favorite cardmakers – Yana Smakula. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)
Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 2/11/18. (To leave a comment, head to my blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)
Want to find the products I used? 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 with an asterisk and Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.