Inked Impression Techniques + GIVEAWAY

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!

[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 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.

I added flowers from the Altenew Angelique Motifs Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) and a sentiment from the Altenew All The Hearts Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

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).

I also added a Altenew Inked Flora Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) sentiment and a few pearls and gems

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 also added a dimensional flower using the Altenew Wild Rose 3D Dies (SSS | ALT) and a sentiment from the Altenew Nature Snippets Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

My last card in similar to the previous but I used a flower from the Altenew Wonderland Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) and a sentiment from the Altenew All The Hearts Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

I love the details of this technique!


Today I am part of the Altenew January Release Blog Hop. This release is packed with goodness! You can find them all HERE at Simon Says Stamp or HERE at Altenew.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Svitlana Shayevich. You can always 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 here by 11:59pmEST on 2/15/2019. (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” some time after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Also, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Head to the Altenew Blog.


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 from Altenew or with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Altenew Floral Heart Frame Die
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Wild Rose 3D Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Wonderland Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Wonderland Stencil Bundle
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew All The Hearts Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Dainty Bouquet Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Dainty Bouquet Bundle
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Inked Flora Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Radial Hearts Cover Die
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Garden Picks 3D Dies
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Altenew Angelique Motifs Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Angelique Motifs Stencil Bundle
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Angelique Motifs Bundle
[ ALTN ]
Altenew Pinstripe Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Nature Snippets Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Artist Markers
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
[ SSS ]
Altenew Ink
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tonic Chocolate Fondue Nuvo Glitter…
[ SSS ]
Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Embossing Mat
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
[ SSS ]

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488 thoughts on “Inked Impression Techniques + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Really beautiful cards, Jennifer… always! I am looking forward to trying the techniques you have shown here. Thanks for all your wonderful videos, tons of info & great tips!

  2. Jennifer, your techniques and creative twists using templates, dies, inks are amazing. We are are so fortunate to learn from you. I am excited to try this technique with the impressions & ink. Lovely!

  3. The parents are all very pretty. Jennifer you do a beautiful job. Altenew this new release is out of this world there are so many things I want. $50 would sure help a lot.

  4. ALL your cards are so Fabulous! I especially enjoy all the various techniques you teach. Altenew products are gorgeous ❤️

  5. Greetings Jennifer! Your video is a great inspiration for backrounds. I was especially drawn to the last card in which you stamped diagonal stripes onto the raised impression. That opens lots of possibilities to use other stamped images in the same manner!
    Thank you for all you do for the stamping community. You are much appreciated.

  6. Beautiful cards created. My favorite was using Wonderland Stamp Set. Such a beautiful and versatile stamp set.

  7. Love this technique! Will definitely have to give it a try soon.
    Your creativity amazes me…I keep hoping some of it will rub off on me through osmosis from watching your videos (<; Since that hasn’t happened yet – I continue to CASE your ideas and look forward to every one of your videos.
    Thank you for being you – and for sharing your talent with me and all of your followers.

  8. It’s always great to learn new ways to use the supplies i already have! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  9. I found you recently on YouTube and you are such an inspiration to me. You got me making cards again. Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas!

  10. I love that you are always offering alternate ways to use supplies we already own. This looks like a fun technique. My favorite is the striped embossed background. Thanks for continuing to share your talents!

  11. Wow, Jennifer, these are all such creative ways to do dry embossing. I’m saving each one so I can try them myself!

  12. Wow, Jennifer, your cards are magnificent. I am sure you this, but oh my are you one talented lady. Thank you so much for sharing your talents and inspiration. I do appreciate your tutorials also.

  13. Lovely cards as usual Jennifer. I love watching your videos, and appreciate all the time and effort you put into producing them.

  14. A question and a suggestion:
    When I try to emboss using this sandwich my cardstock gets cut and the rubber mat also. Does your rubber mat show cutting marks? I guess I will have to use 2 pieces of cardstock and throw out one.

    Also, have you tried to heat emboss the outline of the “die-embossed “images? I used a similar die and Versamark to do that and it turned out real pretty:
    I think you would like that result also.

  15. Beautiful cards as always. I love watching your videos here in the UK when my 3 girls are all tucked up in there beds.

  16. Love the Altenew layered floral stamps and the matching masks are a brilliant addition. I can’t wait to try them.

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