Must-Try Hack For Inky Backgrounds! Lots of Techniques

Hello! Today I am sharing LOTS of ways to create inky backgrounds… and a tip for making it easier!

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[If the video isn’t showing up, click HERE to watch it. All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you and product disclosure is below. As always, I appreciate your support of my videos!]

I will be back tomorrow to share the cards I made with these backgrounds. Stay tuned!

Here are the cards from my video along with the main products featured. For the full supply list, scroll down to the thumbnails at the end of this post.


View Card Bookmark Card GRATEFUL FRIEND CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Tattered Leaves Die (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Detail Mandala Plate Die (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Big Friend Die (SSS)
Hero Arts Circle Confetti Die (SSS)
Inkon3 Atelier Shark Tooth Fusion Ink (SSS)
Memory Box Majestic Hues Glitter Paper (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Khaki Envelopes (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


View Card Bookmark Card FLOWERS BLOOM CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Daisies & Leaves Die (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Spring In My Step Stamps (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Daisies and Leaves Stencil (SSS)
Gina K Masking Magic (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy Envelopes (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


View Card Bookmark Card HELLO GORGEOUS CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Olive Leaves Dies (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp XL Spring Greetings Stamps (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Saturated Inks (SSS)
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Mica Sprays (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


View Card Bookmark Card BEST FRIEND CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Olive Leaves Dies (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Fanfare Stencil (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Big Friend Die (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Mica Sprays (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Cornflower Envelopes (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


View Card Bookmark Card FRIEND CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Olive Leaves Dies (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Big Friend Die (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Detail Mandala Plate Die (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Mica Sprays (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Saturated Inks (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Silver Matte Cardstock (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


View Card Bookmark Card SO KIND CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Tattered Leaves Die (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Detail Mandala Plate Die (SSS)
Poppy Stamps Flower Field Frame Die (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Mica Sprays (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Cornflower Envelopes (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Big Friend Die (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


View Card Bookmark Card ON MY HEART CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp You’re On My Heart Dies (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Handlettered Friends Stamp (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Mica Sprays (SSS)
Inkon3 Atelier Shark Tooth Fusion Ink (SSS)
Memory Box Majestic Hues Glitter Paper (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Doll Pink Envelopes (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


View Card Bookmark Card THANK YOU FLOWER CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Poppy Stamps Flower Field Frame Die (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp XL Spring Greetings Stamps (SSS)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Cotton Candy Envelopes (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


View Card Bookmark Card WONDERFUL BIRD CARD – Tips for creating inky backgrounds.
Size: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Featuring:
Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat (SSS)
MISTI Sticky Mat (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birds Stamps (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Tattered Leaves Die (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp All About Mom Stamps (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Saturated Inks (SSS)
Inkon3 Atelier Shark Tooth Fusion Ink (SSS)
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Sea Glass Envelopes (SSS)
• Additional supplies linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Inky Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

NEW RELEASE

Today I used new products from Simon Says Stamp! Check out the release HERE.

Check back tomorrow for part two of this video!

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found  at my disclosure page. All products were personally purchased except the stamps, dies, and inks which were provided/sponsored by the company with no expectation. As always, I was not paid to do this post nor am I on any design teams. I only use products I love!) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Tim Holtz Media Grip Mat
[ SSS ]
MISTI Sticky Mats
[ SSS ]
Brutus Monroe Stick and Stamp Mat
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Olive Leaves Dies
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Tattered Leaves Die
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Daisies and Leaves…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Detail Mandala Plate…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Daisies & Leaves Die
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp You’re On My Heart Dies
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Fanfare Stencil
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Big Friend Die
[ SSS ]
Poppy Stamps Flower Field Frame Die
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Circle Confetti Die
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Spring In My Step…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp XL Spring Greetings…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp All About Mom Stamps
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birds Stamps
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Handlettered Friends…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic White Cardstock 25 Sheets
[ SSS | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
[ SSS ]
Inkon3 Atelier Shark Tooth Fusion Ink
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Saturated Inks
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Mica Sprays
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
[ SSS ]
The Ink Stand
[ SSS ]
The Ink Stand
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Brayers
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Blending Brushes
[ SSS ]
Gina K Blending Brushes and Stands
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Flat Brush
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Maxi Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Bearly Art Precision Glue
[ SSS ]
Bearly Art Rubber Stopper
[ SSS ]
Altenew bone Folder
[ SSS ]
Sanding Blocks
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool 2.0
[ SSS ]
Pressure Tool For MISTI
[ ETS ]
Rabbit Hole Designs Cottontail Powder…
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Sea Glass…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Cotton…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy Envelopes
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Khaki…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Doll Pink…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Cornflower…
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Lucy’s Cards Jewels
[ SSS ]
Studio Katia Pearls
[ SSS ]
Trinity Stamps Pearls
[ SSS ]
Memory Box Majestic Hues Glitter Paper
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Silver Matte Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Trinity Stamps Pick Up Stick
[ SSS ]
Gina K Masking Magic
[ SSS ]


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18 thoughts on “Must-Try Hack For Inky Backgrounds! Lots of Techniques”

  1. Thank you for another awesome video. I wasn’t sure if I need the new media grip, but after watching your video, it’s a MUST get on my list now 🙂 I bet it will make it to the list of your favorites 22

  2. I agree with Vera. I didn’t think I was going to want to get this but now I am for sure. Thanks Jennifer for sharing your art and your heart 🙂 Antoinette

  3. I love the video and all the ideas. I just wish you had waited to post them until the Misti sticky mat was back in stock. Can’t find it anywhere.

  4. Gorgeous and helpful as always.
    Have you ever tried salt on watercolour paper with watercolour paints?
    Great effect! I think you’d love it

  5. Wow! Adding the sticky mat when working with water is a real game changer. That is awesome. Thanks so much for a wonderful idea!

  6. Your hack made me think of another one. I ruined my WF media mat by using a gelli plate on it. It stretched out & won’t lay flat anymore. I had cut it in half to correct the warp, but now I cut it again the size you suggested & used it with a Brutus Monroe I cut to size. Worked very well. Thanks for the idea, Jennifer.

  7. Hello Jennifer…

    Mulberrypaperandmore.com

    This site carries handmade and machine paper of all kinds from around the globe. Makes interesting backdrop for dies etc. Wanted to thank you, Jennifer, for your kindness in teaching so many techniques about products. Much of your knowledge has transformed my cards to a dimension I never thought possible. The mulberry site is located in Utah. Their papers are available in various sizes and affordable. Have fun. Much thanks again…you are talented and very kind….c

  8. These are beautiful! Which Distress Oxide ink colors did you use on the daisy card? So vibrant- just what we need for a happy spring/summer card.

  9. I love the beautiful backgrounds. The birds are so sweet. Thanks for the examples and video.

  10. Lots of great ideas. Thanks. Did you use multiple brayers off camera? Otherwise do you not have to clean the brayer each time before adding another colour?

  11. What a clever idea to use the sticky mat and the grip mat together. I’m especially excited about using the sticky mat to keep the paper from warping. Your backgrounds are amazing. Looking forward to watching part 2!

  12. awesome video – so many ways of applying color to paper – will try this hack to see if I can replicate your work:)

  13. Gorgeous backgrounds Jennifer, great to see how you use the Grip mat.
    Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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