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Layering Ink Swatches + Tips

Hello! Today I am sharing a peek at my new-and-improved free ink swatches for inks… along with tips for layering stamps with a stamping tool.

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[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. Thank you for supporting these small businesses!]

I have a lot in today’s video! Per many requests, I am sharing a closer look at all of the Altenew Inks (SSS | ALT). These inks are meant for layering… and they have many colors. By showing in the video a look at my swatches, I hope you can decide which color combos are best for you. I also share my new-and-improved ink swatches. (More on that below.) And finally, I share two great ways for using a stamping tool for fast stamp layering. In a future video I will share tips for stamp layering without a tool!

Here is a closer look at the cards I made in the video while demonstrating helpful methods of stamp layering with a MISTI Stamping Tool. My first cards feature the new Altenew Beloved Daisy Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) and Altenew Inks (SSS | ALT). (In the video I show the color combos I used.) I was able to quickly stamp a lot of daisies and leaves for many, many cards!

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Each card also features a “hello” sentiment created with Altenew Gold Foil Cardstock and the new Altenew Fancy Hello Die (SSS | ALT). The gold heat embossed “hey gorgeous” is from the Altenew Delicate Flower Bed Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Since I had so many stamped pieces, I was able to spend some time experimenting with different card designs. This is helpful to me – I learn to get better.

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On this next card, I used the softest ink from the Altenew Inks (SSS | ALT) combo I used on the daisies to stamp the background with the Altenew Delicate Flower Bed Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). I also hooked the Altenew Fancy Hello Die Cut (SSS | ALT) around the stem for fun.

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here I stamped the Altenew Delicate Flower Bed Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) again on the background, but this time with Vanilla Cream Altnew Ink (SSS | ALT). I also didn’t put a smaller sentiment under the “hello” in case I want to add something specific for a particular occasion later.

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Sometimes it is fun to add a bit of texture to the background of a simple card. Here I used the new Altenew Spring Meadow Cover Die (SSS | ALT) for a white-on-white look.

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a look at the shine on the “hello” die cut…

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next set of cards features the Altenew Rose Spray Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). In the video, I show how it is sometimes helpful to die cut before stamping. The cards again feature Altenew Inks (SSS | ALT), Altenew Gold Foil Cardstock, Altenew Fancy Hello Die (SSS | ALT), and Altenew Delicate Flower Bed Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) .

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next design is unexpectedly my favorite and I will be making more. This is the joy of making lots of cards at once – you can experiment!

I also glued some die cuts to the card and put foam adhesive behind others/parts for fun dimension.

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And my last two cards again show white-on-white texture in the background from the Altenew Spring Meadow Cover Die (SSS | ALT).

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Once again… I have left over pieces for future cards. Yay!

Layering Ink Swatches & Tips Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BLOG HOP

Today I am a part of the Altenew April Blog Hop. I don’t work for Altenew, but love them and their products dearly. You can find their new release HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of the amazing May Sukyong Park! (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Blog.)

INK SWATCHES

I have a free Ink Swatch Download for all the Altenew Inks (SSS | ALT), along with the swatch for layering – just click HERE. To see my complete list of Ink Swatch Downloads and how I create and store them, head over HERE.

NOTE: I will be updating all of my ink swatches to this new and improved format. The swatches will look almost similar to my old ones… so if you have some swatches done, you can keep those! I will also be adding suggested layering swatches for other brands of ink. I started with Altenew Inks (SSS | ALT) since they design theirs to make layering simple.

A big thanks to Cathy Zielske for helping me with this improved design!

GIVEAWAYS

How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance to win either, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/19/19. (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!)

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

SUPPLIES

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 Beloved Daisy Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Beloved Daisy Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Rose Spray Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Rose Spray Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Delicate Flower Bed Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Fancy Hello Die
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Spring Meadow Cover Die
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Build A Flower Rose Bundle
[ ALTN ]
Altenew Strength Blooms Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Ink
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Gold Foil Cardstock
[ ALTN ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Stick It Adhesive Sheets
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
E6000 Spray Adhesive
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Fiskars Reinforced Paper Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Ultra Clean
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Splatbox
[ SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Tonic Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer Pen
[ SSS ]
Brother Scan N Cut
[ AMZUS ]


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303 thoughts on “Layering Ink Swatches + Tips”

  1. Is Altenew inks the only inks you layer with? Just curious! I made the investment into Simon and MFT links and would really love to stretch those but having a hard time.

  2. Hello, I’m extending your Gina K. dye swatches using your blank swatch download. Can you please tell me which font and size was used? Many thanks.

  3. THANK YOU! My old system was failing me and seeing my new swatches makes my heart happy! Thank you for the downloads. I also appreciate the die cut first, stamp second technique I had forgotten that and used it again after watching this. Thank you, thank you, for such inspirational videos, you’re the best!

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