How to Get Inks to Shine

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All you really wanted from your card was a little shine, right? Have you ever created a stunning background, but hours later your ink colors are flat and faded? Well, this technique is for you then! I’m playing along with the new Mixed Media Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers – Shine.

HLS Mixed Media challenge May 2016

I LOVE to create backgrounds – have you noticed? All to often in card making, we create these amazing colorful backgrounds on cards and then the colors settle as the project fully dries and we’re left with something that is a bit flat and has no vibrant nature left. At least I do! I’m always thinking where did the shine go? Okay, not all of it is shiny, but you know what I mean.

I have a video and step by step tutorial for you, so grab a drink, learn how to create amazing depth first, then a stain glass window that captures the true nature of those amazing colors by trapping the shine element of your card. Here’s the video:

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So what did you think? Not that difficut really. What did you think about stretching your stencil for better coverage? Have you ever done that? Here’s the step by step tutorial, and if you really loved this, be sure to sign up for the Creative Tips E Letter for an exclusive video series and more…

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Creative Tips on Shine, Texture and Stretching your Stencils

  • Create an in depth textured piece by using the wrinkle free distress technique on a piece of 140# cold pressed watercolor paper and dye based inks. (shown in detail in the video) Tip – For the most vibrant results, try Ranger’s Distress Inks.

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  • This project uses Distress Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers
  • Once your project is totally dry, lightly buff over it with a de-static tool to remove any oils.
  • Smoosh Versamark through the Latticeworks stencil by Tim Holtz or your favorite one for a detailed design as in the video. Since this stencil didn’t cover my watercolor paper, I had to do this in two parts and overlap my design for a seamless flow.

Vibrant Mixed Media Cards

  • Emboss in Clear Embossing Powder – I used Brutus Monroe – and if you’ve never tried it – do so…it rocks!
  • Once your embossed stencil has fully dried, sponge over with Soot Black distress ink.
  • Wipe off your stenciled design with light pressure and a slightly damp cloth or paper towel to pick up the resisted ink.
  • Emboss your die cut greeting in clear for a shiny look. I used Handlettered Holiday by WPlus9. Adhere with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

using distress inks in mixed media

  • Stamp and emboss the Christmas greeting from HLS Everyday Sentiments in white on black card stock – trim and adhere.
  • Adhere your watercolor paper with glue to a black matte with a 1/16″ border.
  • Pop up Mixed Media Panel with Fun Foam and adhere to a White card base with a 1/4″ border all around.

That’s it! Simple and striking Mixed Media card. I’m also going to play along with this months challenge over at CAS Mix it Up….it’s heat embossing – we definitely fit there!

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So hop on over to the HLS Mixed Media Challenge and check out all the amazing projects my teammates have created for this challenge.  Plus you’ll want to stop by our Guest Designer Kalina’s blog – she’s SUPER talented when it comes to Mixed Media and her projects are out of this world!

Then get those fingers inky….I can’t wait to see what you do to let your creations shine!

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Comments

  1. Love this card!! Thanks!!

  2. Teresa Doyle says:

    This is absolutely beautiful Ingrid. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. I totally enjoyed watching!

  3. love love love this technique. had to try it and although it didn’t turn out as nice as yours, I still loved it…thanks for sharing

  4. Vibrant Beautiful colors! Thanks for the details on how to do this!

  5. Such a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing the technique I’ve learnt alot from it and as I want to start doing some mixed media, it was really useful. P.S I’ve subscribed to your blog now.

  6. nancy littrell says:

    Gorgeous card and technique Ingrid. I use this technique quite often to make colors Pop. TFS your video and printed steps. So happy you joined us at CAS Mix Up.

  7. I love that beautiful rich blended colour and this is such a wonderful technique!
    Hugs
    Carol x
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  8. Gorgeous card Ingrid and great video too! Thanks! Love the layers of ink that created so much visual depth for your background. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  9. An awesome technique and a beautiful result, Ingrid! Thanks for sharing all the details! And thanks so much for sharing it with us at CAS Mix Up!

  10. OOOO, OOOO, Ingrid! Can’t wait for our visit. You can teach me so many things!

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