Sara Naumann is the instructor for the Altenew Irresistible Inking Technique class. This is one of the many classes I am completing as part of the Altenew Educator Certification program, Level 1. All of the classes I’ve completed so far have been wonderful; there is always something to be taken away. What I especially love is that I can go back and watch the video lessons over and over. In this class Sara takes us through a few different ways in which we can utilize ink in our projects in addition to stamping.
The card I am presenting today utilizes two techniques for which I was inspired to try as I haven’t used them before with Altenew inks. The first technique is placing multiple inks directly on an acrylic block and stamping the block. The second technique is using my inks to color over the image I stamped within the block stamped area (thereby layering colored inks).
For my card, I first selected the Altenew inks: citrus burst, frayed leaf and pink diamond. I inked these colors diagonally on my square block, generously spritzed with water then stamped directly onto my cardstock (not watercolor paper). The ink layered on so beautifully; I loved the result. Next, I stamped an image from the Persian Motifs stamps set (these are so gorgeous). I selected the largest image and I wanted the image to stamp outside the background area I created. Using Altenew ink colors: pinkalicious and rubellite, I colored in the flowers and forest glade and evergreen for the leaves using a paintbrush and water (rubbing a bit of ink onto an acrylic block). I love how the painted ink colors blended with the background stamped colors. To give the image a frame, I used a square die cut and embossed it around the image. (This technique was explored in the Altenew Easy Die Cutting Technique class). I thought it would be a nice accent to let the bottom flower not be included in the die cut embossing frame. I love the look it gave the design. I trimmed the right and left sides of the card panel and added foam to the back. I selected a deep purple cardstock and adhered to the card base then attached the card panel leaving just a bit of purple peeking out the right and left sides. I think this purple really makes the image in pink/deep pink pop. Lastly, I added the sentiment from the Persian Motif stamp set “It’s a Special Day”, stamped in black on white with the same purple from the back panel. Of course, there needs to be some sparkly somewhere, so I’ve added some Wink of Stella over the flower petals and leaves. I hope you enjoy my card below and that it inspires you to experiment with these techniques.