Try Out These Advanced Inking and Stamping Techniques Today!

Beyond Basics: 5 Advanced Inking and Stamping Techniques You Should Try!

Looking for unique inking techniques to add to your repertoire? Want to discover stamping techniques that’ll add a new twist to your crafting? Check out these amazing stamping and inking techniques and tricks! 

5 Advanced Inking Techniques

1. Rainbow Ink Smooshing

This ink-smooshing technique offers a simple yet distinctive method for producing a vibrant array of colors for your card designs. All you need is some cardstock, your preferred water-based ink, a watercolor palette, and a fine mist sprayer.

  1. Apply the inks onto the watercolor palette.
  2. Mist a fine spray of water onto the inks and the cardstock panel.
  3. Carefully press the panel onto the inks and let it sit for a few seconds. Repeat until you are happy with the color mix.
  4. Allow the panel to air dry, or use a heat tool to expedite the drying.

Check out this video here to learn more:

Important Tip: Use raised ink platforms to get the best results. This way, you can achieve richer colors by adjusting the pressure as you swipe the ink.

2. No-Line Ink Blending

Did you know that you can blend ink designs onto cardstock without using outlines? No-line ink blending is quite easy to achieve and creates beautiful results, especially when you use layered stencils!

Begin by applying ink directly onto your panel using the first layer of your layered stencil. Then, align the next layer carefully with the first layer, just like how you would put together a jigsaw puzzle. The key is to locate the correct areas where the edges of the design match up.

Repeat the process until you’ve used all the layers, and voila! You get gorgeous card designs while feeling like an expert!

Need a step-by-step guide? Check out this tutorial video!

3. Ink Swiping

This inking method is just as simple as it sounds – apply your ink by swiping it onto the cardstock! Then, to add your own spark of creativity, use layering dies to cut shapes from the panel. Afterward, merge the various layers of your die-cuts and witness an enchanting card design take form!

See this firsthand by checking out this video below:

4. Realistic Inking

Here are some tips on how to create a realistic-looking design with the help of dye inks.

  1. Research the design. For instance, if you are creating a floral card design (similar to the one shown below), browse the internet to find different variations of the flower and examine their details – colors, arrangement, blooming patterns, and more.
  2. Familiarize yourself with your die-cutting and layering set. Understand what colors your base should have, and which details should be darker and more prominent.
  3. When assembling the die-cut layers, aim to create shadows by gluing them in a specific way. If possible, slightly curl some of the areas of your die-cut while only partially gluing down the layers.
  4. Arrange your die-cuts to mimic how real flowers arrange themselves. Again, use your research and draw inspiration from actual flowers in nature, or consider taking a cardmaking class to learn how to arrange them effectively.
  5. Position your sentiments as close as possible to the focal points to draw and maintain attention to the focal point. Ensure that the sentiments stand out with enough contrast to the focal point as well.

Discover how all of these result in a stunning card with this video below:

5. Creating “Glowing” Ink Designs

For this final technique, you will use alcohol inks instead of the usual water-based dye inks. You will also need cardstock and a piece of non-porous, transparent, heat-resistant sheet, like Dura-Lar (you will find out why later).

  1. Cut your Dura-Lar sheet and cardstock to the same size.
  2. Hold the transparent Dura-Lar sheet horizontally and apply isopropyl alcohol on the flat surface.
  3. With a dropper, apply alcohol ink colors across the sheet. Add as many colors as you’d like to create an ombre effect.
  4. Swirl around the colors to create “waves”, then slowly heat set the inks using a heat tool.
  5. Once the ink has fully dried, lay the sheet on top of the white cardstock and watch the project take on a different look!

Check out the instruction video below and see how you can make alcohol inks “glow”:

5 Unique Stamping Techniques

Try Out These Advanced Inking and Stamping Techniques Today!

1. Color Theory Stamping

This kind of stamping may seem simple, but it requires a certain level of awareness about the color wheel and how colors interact with each other. For this one, you need to find ink colors that are either complementary or analogous to each other to create a harmonious design. 

Pro tip: Find ink sets that already come as a “family” — curated combinations of ink colors that work well and result in a gorgeous pairing when used together!

Here’s a handy video to teach you how to do that:

2. Watercolor Stamping

Did you know you can use watercolor to stamp beautiful designs, too? This creates subtle card  backgrounds that can be enhanced further with die cuts and embellishments!

  1. Take your MISTI or Stampwheel and position your card panel.
  2. Stick your stamp on the clear plate and apply watercolor in sections on the stamp design. Note: you can use watercolor and brushes for this, or if you want a bit more control, use watercolor markers.
  3. Spray a bit more water as needed, then stamp the first section.
  4. Repeat the process until you complete the design, making sure that the panel stays in place the whole time so that you keep the elements of the images aligned.

A hands-on example will help you achieve this technique below:

3. Splash Stamping

For this one, you can create a splashy stamp design by applying ink on a non-porous block or a palette, then spraying in a bit of water on the ink so that it pools a little. Then, you can swirl your stamp around in the pool of ink, then bring it down a bit harder than usual on your card panel so that colors splash out.

Then, after wiping off the color from the stamp and waiting for the “splashed” colors to dry, use black (or white) ink to stamp in the details over the splashed color. This creates a unique, fun-looking design, especially if you use animal shapes or florals!

Check out the video for a visual step-by-step guide:

4. Heat Embossed Ink Resist Sentiment

This technique results in amazing, almost 3D-looking card designs!

First, take your panel and blend an ombre background into it. Then, add some more designs and patterns you would like. Make sure everything is dry before continuing with the next step.

Next, after applying anti-static powder on the panel, take your sentiment of choice and stamp it with embossing ink. Apply clear embossing powder, then heat set.

Once that’s dry, blend another layer of ink on top of your panel and watch as the sentiment shines through, since the embossed sentiment will resist the new layer of ink you applied!

See it in action below:

5. Kiss Stamping

This unique technique utilizes two different kinds of stamps to create specific patterns over stamped images.

Basically, you take an image you want to stamp and ink it up. Then, before you stamp it, you have to “kiss” another stamp to create a pattern (in this case, she used a swirly stamp to apply a twist to the original design).

Watch as you stamp a flower with swirls and cool accents! Here, check out the video below for a great example:

We hope you enjoyed learning about these new techniques and tricks to uplevel your crafting game! 

Which technique have you tried before? Which ones are you just discovering now? Feel free to comment down below. Happy crafting!

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