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


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.)


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!


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.


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
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

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305 thoughts on “Layering Ink Swatches + Tips”

  1. Your ink swatches are always wonderful.
    Love that they are new and improved.
    the cards are fantastic – layering is a
    wonderful technique. thanks
    for sharing

  2. I love how clean and neat your work is! Beautiful examples of what can be made with this release! The sky is the limit!

  3. I really appreciate all the work you put into these videos. Not just the creating and editing of them, but the content creation beyond even that. I look forward to seeing some of your color choices whenever you are able to get to them. And, as always, your cards are lovely.

  4. Another wonderful video! All of your cards are beautiful, and the tips for layering in the stamp platform are greatly appreciated! Altenew really makes the most beautiful stamps and dies.

  5. Gorgeous cards! I love the layered ink swatches, that has been on my to-do list for a while as you really need them to understand the final look with the sets of inks.

  6. Thank you so much for this video, Jennifer, and for spring your download! I love the way you mass produce cards and plan to try your techniques!

  7. Thank you for the ink swatch downloads. I have used my swatch sheets so many times already. Thank you for spreading your organization my way 🙂

  8. You are simply amazing and such a blessing! Terrific idea about the ink swatches…well worth the time! Am seriously thinking of making with the inks in my stash!! Thanks so much for being YOU!!

  9. Love the new inks and I so appreciate the Ink swatches! Thank you Jennifer for your wonderful ideas, creativity and kindness.

  10. Thank you for sharing downloads with us. It is such a privledge to each your videos. You are generous with your time and your work. Thank you. We are lucky as a crafting community to have such great down to earth crafters we can call our friends. It’s crazy. I am sure we all say our friend Jennifer McGuire when explaining something to non crafters. You have a million friends you have never met! I am so looking forward to your layering guides. What a major homerun again. So excited to see them and print them out.

  11. I love those daisies!! And you picked such gorgeous colors.. and that hello die just looks beautiful with them!!!

  12. These are beautiful! What is the purple tape you use to temporarily hold your dies? I don’t see it in the list and I haven’t had any luck with the tape I’ve been using.

  13. I started making ink swatches some time ago after watching one of your videos, and it has really helped me know what colors go well together. You always show such useful tips. These cards are gorgeous — and thanks for inspiring me to be more organized!

  14. These are beautiful Jennifer! Thanks for the weekly inspiration. I love the Altenew Beloved Daisy stamp set.

  15. These are wonderful and an added bonus! But I would love to purchase these already inked so that it would help me decide which set of inks to purchase from Altenew! Would that be possible to purchase from you or Altenew? Just an idea to help those who are not organized or have difficulty with their hands! thank you for considering this idea!

  16. I so enjoyed this video and the color layering swatches. I’m looking forward to more, yay! Beautiful cards as always Jennifer, thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Wonderful cards – I love the fresh, bold feel of all those colour daisies. I was not sold on that set, but I love what you did with it and now am looking at it with a new eye!

  18. Thanks so much for the video and the Swatch download. I am definately going to use it. I only have 12 Altenew cubes so I have a long way to go. I do like their ink and the way they coordinate for layering. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for the stamping techniques. The”Hello” die is so pretty in the gold.

  19. Thanks for all the wonderful techniques that you share. You’ve made my card making journey so much easier.

  20. I love that you show so many cards! And your tips are wonderful! You’ve inspired me to go make some white-on-white layered cards today! Happy Easter!

  21. Jennifer, these are all lovely cards. I love the variation of different backgrounds. The background stamping is so soft and lovely and the dies are intricate and beautiful as well. Fantastic cards!

  22. I love the hello die sentiment, and I enjoyed watching your new swatch ink stamp layering, great tips! Thank you.

  23. Thanks for sharing your great ideas for saving time and making multi cards. They may be multi cards but they are each unique which is fun! Also, thanks for sharing your inkswatch template download for the Altenew sets!

  24. Jennifer McGuire, your creations always inspire me to get working, they all seem DO-able and easy. Thank you!

  25. You sure include a lot of cards in your posts/videos these days. No need to experiment with layouts or colors on these stamps because you’ve done it all for us!

  26. Oh wowza Jennifer!!! These cards are absolutely amazing and you’ve shown off the wonderful Altenew products soooooo well 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. I am absolutely loving this new rose spray stamp and die set. Thank you also for sharing your new and improved colour sample cards. I follow you on YouTube so I have seen your techniques for multiple layered stamping before but it is always good to get a refresher and I like the way you cut the dies first in the second example. You rock. Thank you.

  28. I actually started doing ink swatches because of your suggestion, and oh my goodness, it makes such a difference! Not just for colour coordination but also when I buy inks, I have an easier time deciding because I know what I have now. I’m drawn to pinks and purples but when I get to stamping or blending I realize I don’t have anything else! So now with knowing what I have already, I can be more deliberate in my choices to make sure I have a more balanced palette!
    I’m also just so in love with that Rose Spray set and the cards you made with it!!! 😍😍

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