Friday, February 12, 2016

February Technique Blog Hop–Ink Layering

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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 OMGosh 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 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.

I have to admit, I had a hard time coming up with some ways to implement this technique, but, with a little encouragement from my hopping buddies Kim & Claudia, I managed to come up with a few examples.

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My first card is filled with tons of pretty colors thanks to the Tim Holtz distress ink pads.  This image was stamped onto a piece of white card stock and then masked with a post-it-note so that I could create that background behind the image with out messing up the image.  I colored the elephants in with my Copic markers.






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The 2nd card is using the same technique.  I messed up a little with the orange behind the owl, so I decided to make it into a big ‘ole orange moon .. yes, I know that moons are not orange but it was the easiest way to fix up my mess, lol.







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Next up is a technique I saw that really intrigued me so I decided to give it a go with this card.  I always have a lot of trouble coming up with masculine ideas for cards but I think this one would work for such an occasion.  It is supposed to have a wood grain look to it.  How’d I do?  It’s a little bare but I’m not quite sure what to add to it to finish it off.

Woodgrain1_inklayering_apieceofheartblogMy daughter thought maybe I should add some greens to it but I don’t think that worked out so well, lol.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you would do.




Card #4 was created using a handmade stencil.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut the hearts out of a piece of cardstock and using the negative piece, I sponged some Tim Holtz ink onto a piece of white cardstock.  Once that was dry, I dabbed some more ink over the hearts and the rest of the white cardstock.  The baker’s twine is made from a piece of white string and a copic marker.  You can check out this post for more details on how to do that.  I had this little bronze embellishment in my stash and thought it was just perfect for this card.


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Remember participating in Art & Creativity time in kindergarten and dropping blobs of liquid paint onto manila paper and blowing through a straw to move the paint around.  Well, that’s what inspired my last card for today.  Isn’t it pretty?!


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I hope you enjoyed my shares in today’s hop. I have a couple more cards to share with you that I’m really excited about and those will be posted on Sunday so please be sure to come back and take a look.

Up next is the lovely & talented Lisa!

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way…


  1. These are absolutely fantastic, Sharon! I really had fun with the technique you used on your first two cards...yours came out great!! I think you did a great job on the wood grain as well...I like it just the way it is! It's great you made your own can really customize cards that way, can't you? I saw a video about the last looked like a lot of fun, too. Your card came out really nice! It was great fun hopping with you.

  2. I love the hearts card! As for the masculine card, I agree with Kim, it looks good as is!

  3. Great cards Sharon! Love the rainbow colored backgrounds, but I really love the splashed one. I have to pull out my kindergarden memories :-)

  4. Great cards Sharon.
    I'm crazy about that elephant and the abstract one at the end.
    Thanks for another great hop.

  5. I like all of them and think that the woodgrain one is fine the first way. And the moon is sometimes orange, so I like the way you saved an "oops" on the card.

  6. Love the backgrounds. Wonderful stamps

  7. I am just in love with those first two cards. The stamps are adorable, but I love what you've done with them. And that last one is just awesome. Love how that turned out. Great hopping with you.

  8. Very cool! The first two are really cool looking and the wood, that's awesome!

  9. Great cards! The elephants are so adorable!

  10. the elephants! the owls! the wood! Oh my! you did a great job!



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