Hello! Today I am sharing a few variations of a technique I call “inked die impressions”. Not only is this technique easy to do, but you can do it with many dies!
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One of the best ways to use dies creatively is to make an impression on paper. (Some people call his embossing or dry embossing.) You can do this with most any die cut machine… you just need some sort of embossing mat. For most machines, I recommend the Spellbinders Embossing Mat. Today I used the Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine and it comes with it’s own mat. Yay! If you are interested in other ideas for making impressions with other machines, check out THIS video.
Be sure to watch today’s videos to see how the die impressions were made for each card!
For the background of my first card, I made an impression with the Altenew Radial Hearts Cover Die (SSS | ALT) on kraft cardstock. I then left the die in place and inked over the die with Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink and an Ink Blending Tool. Love this look!
I also really like the gorgeous dimension you get with the new Altenew Garden Picks 3D Dies (SSS | ALT). I used white cardstock and colored each piece with Altenew Artist Markers (SSS | ALT). The sentiment is from the Altenew Wonderland Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).
My next card shows stamping into an impressed area. I started by making impressions with the Altenew Angelique Motifs Dies (SSS | ALT). I then used the dies to make a mask for the impressed areas and stamped on top with the Altenew Pinstripe Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) and Altenew Morning Frost Ink (SSS | ALT).
I like how this technique adds texture and interest to a plain background.
Here is another example I did in the same way. However, instead of stamping on the impressed areas, I inked them with Altenew Morning Frost Ink (SSS | ALT) and a Picket Fence Life Changing Brush. I used the Altenew Dainty Bouquet Stamp Set and Dies (SSS | ALT).
This technique also works with intricate dies. After making an impression on pool cardstock with the new Altenew Floral Heart Frame Die (SSS | ALT), I added white ink. This is subtle but draws attention to the texture.
I love the details of this technique!
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