New Ink Shading Techniques To Try!

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There are plenty of new ink shading techniques being shared all the time and our designer, Annie, tried one of them out for us today using one of our new silhouette stamps to give you some instant technique gratification! Silhouette stamps are great because they tend to be larger and bold and make excellent statements when stamped in a solid color over an ink-blended or patterned background. But Annie wondered what would happen if she applied some of those ink shading techniques to that stamp itself. And her results are so amazing and so fun to do!

Let’s see how she did it!

Because she was using one of our new slimline stamps – the new Slimline Oz stamp – she started with a panel of white cardstock cut to slimline size. PRO TIP: this super fun new technique today can be used on any silhouette stamp for any size project! PRO TIP: You will want to use your favorite stamp positioned for this technique to be sure that every impression is perfectly lined up to get the maximum effect.

Annie used Fern Color Fuse ink to ink up the landscape of this stamp and used Hearth Color Fuse to ink up the flying monkeys and stamped.

 

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Then she used a sponge dauber or foam blending tool (you want to use something that allows a seamless blend between colors) and applied Grass Color Fuse to some of the areas – here she focused on the trees and into the upper areas of the stamp and restamped the image.

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Then she repeated her inking with Basil Color Fuse and stamped again. Annie said that you can continue to apply color here and there until you are satisfied with your design.

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You can go back and add other colors or more details with other colors, too.

And then, so she could add that amazing ink-blended sky, she stamped over the whole thing with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

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Annie then used Lavender, Magenta, and Azure Color Fuse over the background from the edge of the stamped area up from light to dark. She trimmed her panel down to fit on her card.

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Annie chose to mat her beautiful stamped panel on black to punch up the drama of those gorgeous colors and added it to her slimline card base.Mat the background panel with a piece of black cardstock trimmed to 8.5″ x 3.5″ and adhere it to a top-folding slimline-sized white card base.

To finish it off, she stamped that hysterical Flying Monkeys sentiment onto black cardstock using Versamark Ink and embossed with white embossing powder. PRO TIP: Be SURE to use your anti-static tool especially when embossing light powder on dark card stock to be sure there are no random specks to ruin that crisp look. PRO TIP: When using black mats to set off your beautiful designs, consider using black for your greetings as well to create that cohesive look and to make everything pop.

Annie die cut the sentiment out using the smallest die from the Slimline Nested Stitch Die Set and popped it on there with dimensional adhesive.

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Here are the supplies you will want to have on hand to try out this very fun ink shading technique:

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If you’ve been wanting to try out some new ink shading techniques, this is a fun and easy one to start out with. Let us know what you think if you try it out!

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