February Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Technique Blog Hop

February Technique Blog Hop

It’s month two of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, card 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, OMG, 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 Blitsy.com 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 to my projects:

I want to mention first I have all the specifics in the gallery and you simply need to click on the card if you want to read them or see additional images.

I made this card after watching a video by Jennifer McGuire about ink layering with White Pigment Ink.  I loved the soft look of her finished card and decided I wanted to try something similar. 

In This Difficult Time 2 1

I’m not sure I hit the mark with this one, so I tried it again with a second, larger image and I think that made a difference for the better.  Not quite there yet, but better:

So Glad You Were Born wm 1

For my next card, I layered stamp images on both the background and the butterfly.  I stamped before and after dry embossing.  Patty Bennett produced a video about coloring the butterfly, it was basic information but it included a number of color combinations so I was able to see my favorite.

Free to Fly 2 1

There is so much potential for stamp layering, which some people call collage stamping.  It has made me look at my stamps in a whole new way.

On this card I tried a different layering technique.  I cut a piece of acetate in a rolling curve and used that as my template to create the layers of water and sand.  First I stamped the images and masked them.  Again my inspiration came from a video.

Just Dropping You a Line 1

Here’s a little something I learned making this one:

  • I had to mask my stamped images before layering my ink background, so I stamped on the masking paper and placed it over the images.  Then I happily sponged the distress ink and as I got down to the bottom and realized the Memento Black ink smeared onto my sponged panel!!  Crisis!!  So I played around with markers to highlight some spots and make others shadows and…crisis averted!!

I had a lot of fun making this one, so I wanted to try the same technique again with a different theme; so I made this one and I just gotta say I love it:

Spin Your Spurs 1

I used Motlotow Masking Fluid on the second one so as not to have a repeat of what happened to me with the first card.

In the midst of working with this technique I wanted to make a card offering support, so I made this one using the torn edge of card stock as my template and sponged by pouncing on this one.  After I did the background, I cut out the center and layered it…I think I was inspired to do this by a card Claudia (whose blog you will visit next) made last month’s hop…it’s the fourth card she shared.

Saltwater wm 1

My next card started with the desire to have my focal image in a diamond shape of some sort.  Beyond that, I hadn’t a clue.  As I often do, I went to my Silhouette design screen and started playing with what was to be the background for a diamond.  I turned the lines I made into dashed cut lines on a rectangle panel.  This is the end result:

Somebunny 1

Now that it’s finished, I’m not so sure this is a true ink layering.  I did overlap the inks over the dashed cut lines, but that overlap is such a small area you can’t really appreciate it.  Just not sure.  What do you think?  Is this an example of ink layering?

My report card for this technique:  I found the technique fairly easy to master, but my problem was how to incorporate it into a card as I’m just not good with making any sort of background and just plopping something on it.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that…many people make beautiful cards just that way, but I need a cohesive plan.  It took me a bit of time to decide what I wanted to do with each variation of the technique.  Of everything I tried, I really loved the layering I did in my fourth and fifth card…it was easy and fun.

So now you’re off to visit the talented Claudia and she’s got fantastic projects to share with you!  I got a sneak peek, so I know!

And here’s today’s line-up in case you get lost along the way:

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14 Responses to “February Technique Blog Hop”

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  1. Claudia Henderson says:

    I could leave a long comment because there are so many awesome cards you made with this technique. I think card two turn out super nice. Can’t go wrong with the butterfly and love the colors. The fish one is super cut love it. and I like the background you sponged for “support” card. I think I have to use this one 🙂 Great job with all of them

  2. Kim P says:

    Wow! What a collection! I especially love the butterfly and underwater scene cards. I am terrible at masking, so I’m not sure about that technique (the water), but I may have to try it!

  3. The butterfly card is my favorite!

  4. Debbie Bonczek says:

    Such beautiful cards – I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite. The underwater one is very cute. So fun to hop with you!

  5. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Such a beautiful collection of cards. I love the look of that butterfly set- it is really lovely : ) Your masking is awesome too- and I so love the first cards with the Oriental look!

  6. Theresa says:

    Amazing cards Kim. I see that like me you just couldn’t stop playing.
    Thanks for another great hop.

  7. Wow you have been busy and they are all good in different ways. I really like the layers in the fish one. I can see a lot of potential for this technique.

  8. These are all great cards. The first two are super beautiful. Great job on all of them. Thanks for the encouragement to keep on going. See you on the next hop!

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  9. Your cards are all so pretty! Beautifully done, I like the acetate idea!

  10. Jearise says:

    Great job on all your cards and techniques. I really enjoyed looking at them all.

  11. those beach and underwater scenes are delightful! and the delicate cherry blossoms are amazing! great job!

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