The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge for this week is a classic sketch. It used to be my go-to card layout. I varied it by changing where I placed the squares on the card, but I have made many cards with this favorite sketch!
I actually have a video to share with you today to show you how to use this clear block stamping 3 different ways for 3 completely different looks.
For the first look, I stuck to the sketch and just inked up the block and stamped it on the paper overlapping my colors.
I never try to get a perfectly stamped look with the block. I think part of the reason I like it is the mottled pattern of ink that you get. I love this look!
I’ve used Catherine Pooler’s Eucalyptus, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, and Icing on the Cake inks. I’ve used her Leaf Motif and Autumn is Calling stamp sets as well.
The second card is my favorite block layout pattern. I offset the middle block, still overlapping the ink colors, but I like this much better. I also stamped off my clear block before stamping it on my card front. My ink pads are pretty freshly re-inked so they are nice and juicy. To get a softer look, I inked up the block and stamped it on scrap paper and then on my card front. This is called stamping off or 2nd generation stamping.
I did my third card the same way, except after stamping it off I spritzed it with a couple squirts of water from my distress sprayer and then stamped it on my card front.
This technique gives you a nice smooth ink stamping look from your blocks with a little watercolor effect. I quite like this one. I got a few stray spots of ink on the card so I added some splatter to make them look intentional!
Here is a video tutorial for this technique:
No matter which way you do this or what sized block you use, it is an easy way to get background color on to your card front. It’s a nice way to do silhouette stamping with a solid image stamp in a dark color on top or positioned slightly off the ink color block.
There are just so many possibilities with this technique!
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I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know if you have tried this technique or card layout. Do you have a favorite way of using it?
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