This is my last class for Level 1 of the Altenew Academy – Irresistible Inking Techniques.
I went through the entire course – watched the videos, and analyzed the the inspiration projects, but then I went back and read the first line of the course introduction; “Stretch the purpose of your ink pads! Learn how to give new life to them by thinking outside the box.” and it hit me. I wanted to take my ink cubes and create what appears to be brush-paint marks on my panel. Make it look like unfinished brush lines. Well, that didn’t work out. I tried different colours. I tried masking to create a more polished look, but I didn’t like how any of it looked, so, I kept it simple using the same idea but with one colour.
I took my inks and create lines and circles for the background on my panel – taking my ink pads directly to the paper. I kept the stamping simple with black impressions, but also added a little extra detail with some die cutting.
- Altenew Dye Inks – Pink Diamond, Citrus Burst, Mountain Mist
- Dainty Bouquet Stamp
- Altenew – Remember This Stamp Set – Stem
- Altenew – Antique Roses – 3rd Rose Layer and 2nd Leaf Layer
- Altenew – Wavy Roses – Sentiment
- Altenew – Dies – Fine Frames Circles
- Altenew – Dies – Fine Frames Rectangles
- Avery Removable Labels – to create a circle stencil
- Waffle Flower Crafts – Nesting Circle Dies
- Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
I’m going to present these cards in the order I made them.
Card 1 – Mountain Mist
For the first card I used Altenew’s Mountain Mist cube ink and dragged the ink pad across the card panel. I had no real plan here other than dragging the ink across the panel a few times. Once that was done I used the base layer of one of the stamps from the Dainty Bouquet stamp set in black ink.
With the fine frames rectangles die I cut the center of my panel. I lifted the large center rectangle with three cut pieces of heavy weight (black) cardstock in the same size.
Card 2 – Citrus Burst
For this card, I used 3 different sized circle dies and cut them out on a temporary label sheet to create a stencil. I put my (DIY) stencil on my panel and took my ink cube and twisted it over the circles. I moved the stencil around my panel and repeated this process to ensure I filled the entire panel. I would have achieved perfect filled circles if I had used a blending brush, but that’s not what I was looking to create. By using the ink cube to fill in my circles, I got imperfect circles yet beautiful.
I used the same stamp as card 1 and created a solid black impression.
Using the same die technique as I did for the first card, but with the fine frame circle die, and offset to the right-lower corner, and lifted the center circle with black cardstock.
I took the same dye ink and covered the edges of my base panel for my border.
Card 3 – Pink Diamond
This idea came to me just as I had finished my second card. I had an idea to use one of the rose layers from the Antique Roses stamp set and create a flower. I used one of the leaf layers, but had to find a stem from another set.
For this card, I didn’t have an ink cube for the colour I wanted to use, but a large oval ink pad. I took the top edge of the oval ink pad and ran it across my panel, which created thinner lines than the cube did. Again, using black ink, I stamped the layers from 2 different stamp sets to create my flower.
I have never used my ink pads like this before and I love the finished cards. So simple – with beautiful colours with so much interest on each card. I could easily create my own patterned paper with this technique.
So that’s it for the class AND the level 1 courses of the Altenew Academy. I believe there’s a final project for this level and then I can move onto Level 2.
Watch this space, peeps!!
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