Flashback Friday- ink blocking

Hands up if you have a stamp set in your stash that hasn’t seen an ink pad in months (years) or ever. Go on- be honest- we all have them, this is a safe space where we can be honest with each other.

I got this set several years ago, and while I loved it, it’s been in my sale stash box for a while. I decided to pull it out and use it. My original intention was to colour the flowers. It’s a great one for that, because it is a large focal image, and has strong, clean lines. I’ve used pencils, Stampin’ Write markers and Stampin’ blends to colour it. But, for this project, I decided to go old school and do an easy technique.

Lighter inks work better for this technique. Simply smoosh (yes, that’s the technical term) the ink pad all over your stamp block, and then press it into your cardstock. You can add a spritz of water, if you’d like to give it a more muted, watercolour effect.

Let the ink dry for a minute or two, and then stamp your image in Memento Tuxedo Black. The sentiment from Hooray for Surprises was used for this card.

Adorn with gems as desired (Tinsel Gem Three Pack was used on this card) and adhere to the card base with double sided tape or foam dimensionals.

Adding a layer is probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to add a pop of colour and dimension to a card. The base is Basic White, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. Bubble Bath cardstock was cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered to the base. The image layer was cut at 4 x 5 1/4″ after the image was stamped to help centre it to the panel.

This could easily be stepped up by adding colour to the flowers and/or leaves, and stamping the inside of the card.

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