I’m sure I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but once again, this card started out as an attempt to duplicate one of Jennifer McGuire’s… but I didn’t have all the same tools she had, and somewhere along the line, I took a left turn and this card went somewhere entirely different. 🙂 For the life of me, I can’t come up with a good “name” for this card, so I’m settling for sparkly dotted diamonds (because of the stamp at the bottom). Any suggestions?
I made several different versions of this card (pictured below), and I’m still on the fence about which one I like best, but they are all very similar in style, with just a different colored background. All of them started with a plain white piece of cardstock, cut down to 5-1/4″ x 4″. I then attempted to sort of follow Jennifer’s Distress Ink Lifting technique… but I got frustrated when I couldn’t find any flowery-type stamps that seemed like they would work for this. So I went a completely different direction, and decided to try my dotted diamonds stamp. I stamped the dotted diamonds and the sentiment in Versamark ink, and then heated embossed the images with white embossing powder.
Then I took some Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and covered the entire piece with a nice, heavy coat of ink. After that, I took a plain ol’ paintbrush and some water, and attempted to “lift” some of the color from inside the diamond pattern. I dabbed on water, and tried to blot some of the ink off with a paper towel. It didn’t lift as much color as I had hoped (it worked much better for Jennifer, LOL). My plan had been to then “paint” some other colors of distress ink into the diamonds. I tried, but since I wasn’t able to lift that much color, the effect was way too subtle. I needed to kick it up a notch, if I wanted the design to really pop. So, when in doubt, add bling or sparkle. ☆☆☆
I have a little jar of Perfect Pearls that hasn’t gotten too much use yet. I decided to see if it would add a little something here. I pulled out my craft mat, smooshed some distress ink onto it, add a tiny sprinkle of Perfect Pearls, and, with a paintbrush dipped in water, I “mixed” the color with the powder and then painted in the little diamonds. I think the first one I tried was this brown one:
It worked so much better than I imagined! So much sparkle! (It’s not as dazzling in this photo – it’s more obvious in the others.) I couldn’t believe what a difference that tiny bit of Perfect Pearls made. I loved it so much that I went back and heat embossed a bunch of flowers, and inked them up in various colors. I then used the same technique to paint all of them. I fussy-cut them all out and used them as embellishments on the cards. Here’s how the blue one turned out:
I had a lot of fun with these. I’d love to try it with different stamps – I think this technique could be used in a lot of different ways. I encourage you to check out Jennifer McGuire’s blog – she has a video that explains the ink-lifting technique much better than I did here. How will you use it?
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