Friday, February 12, 2016

February Technique Blog Hop - Ink Layering

It's month two of our year long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.  Join us the second Saturday of each month in 2016 for a new hop filled with great cards.

This month we will be focusing on ink layering techniques and OMG have we got some cool cards for you. We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.  Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Blitsy gift certificate at the end of the year. 

Don't worry, if you missed January's hop, you can still hop and comment by starting HERE.

Now on with the projects.

For these first two cards, I used the same layout and design, with a few tweaks here and there.  But I used different backgrounds and different inks.  You'll see that on the first one, I used only die inks and overlapped the balloons.  This is a perfect technique for balloons, as with balloons and light, you can typically see through all of them.  And the strings . . . drawn in with a gold pen. 

Now for this second card I used a combination of white pigment ink and colored ink.   You can still see through, but the shading is very different. I used three different color inks. 

And, of course, on this one I took a bit more time with the strings . . . real ones instead of drawing them into the card design, and overlapping the sentiment.  The white pigment ink gives a bit of dimension that you don't see with dye ink only. 

Segue to similar inks and paper, but with a stencil instead of a stamp. 

On this card I placed the stencil, and then went over it with white pigment ink, and then slightly shifted the stencil up and to the left and sponged on a dye ink.  This made a fabulous masculine card. 

And then finally, a shaker card where I layered different dye inks in two ways.  First, the very simple circular designs all through the front panel of the card, layered in all sorts of colors. The toughest part was placement. 

I tried to mix of the colors where I could within the panel, and this is truly a busy background.  But what I love about this card is that center shaker area where I blended the color used throughout.  That is where the beauty of blending color came in. 

As you can see above, the pink and the purple show dimension in that balloon; the orange and yellow in that birthday hat, and finally, the green and the blue in the gift.  They just pop in the way that the designs in the panel do not.

Up next is Sharon, and here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way. 


Hope you enjoyed the hop!  Don't forget to comment, and be sure to join us next month!


Happy Birthday to You
Stamps:  Birthday Balloon (Sugar Pea Designs for SOA Young at Heart Collection);
Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick (Ranger Distress), Versamark
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah), Caribbean Breeze (Bazzill), Pattern Paper from Studio Calico
Accessories:  Sequins (Lucy's Little Things), Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Happy Birthday to You - Pigment
Stamps:  Birthday Balloon (Sugar Pea Designs for SOA Young at Heart Collection);
Ink: White Pigment (Simon Says Stamp); Blush, Cotton Candy, Poppy (Close To My Heart); Tuxedo Black (Memento);
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Diagonal Stripe (Studio Calico);
Accessories:  Twine (The Stamps of Life)

Masculine Stenciled Happy Birthday
Stamps:  Ring in the Celebration (Winnie & Walter for SOA Young At Heart Collection);
Ink: White Pigment (Simon Says Stamp) and Peacock (Close To My Heart)
Paper:  Desert Storm and Solar White (Neenah); Peacock (Close To My Heart)
Accessories:  Marlene Creative Screenings (Winnie & Walter for SOA Young at Heart Collection); Happy Birthday Wishes Die (CAS-ual Fridays for SOA Young at Heart Collection); Charcoal Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way
 Theresa  -
Kim  -
Claudia  -
Denise  -
Debbie  -
Sharon  -
Lisa  -
Jearise  - - See more at:

Birthday Wishes Shaker
Stamps:  Ring in the Celebration (Winnie & Walter);
Ink: Canary, Sunset, Gypsy, Pixie, Pear, Lagoon (Close To My Heart); Versamark and Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Candied Yam (My Mind's Eye); Basic Black (Stampin' Up); Solar White (Neenah); Silver WOW (We R Memory Keepers)
Accessories:  Tag Buddies Dies (CAS-ual Fridays for Stamp of Approval Friendship Collection); Circle and Circle Scallop Dies (Sizzix); Window Sheet (Judikens); Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); White Embossing Powder (Ranger)


  1. Those stamps and the stencil looking so familiar LOL...Like them all, but I really like the white/ red balloons, and the stencil card.

  2. Wow, great job on these, Debbie! I'm am drawn to balloon cards for some reason, but I do love that stencil card. And your last card, is such a clever use of colors and patterns. It was great fun hopping with you!

  3. The first and last cards are my favorite! I love the bright colors!

  4. Fabulous cards Debbie.
    Thanks for another great hop.

  5. Those are very cool. I like the idea of layering the balloons and using the stencil on the masculine card is pretty simple, but makes such a difference over just one layer.

  6. You have some really cool cards here. Great job on all of them. Thanks for hopping along with me and see you on the next hop :-)

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  7. I love these techniques. And the cards of course.

  8. Very cool backgrounds! I love them all

  9. Great cards, and great inspiration. 😊