I’ve had lots of questions about how I achieve the inky cards (as inspired by Julie Hickey) so I have written step by step instructions on the Facebook Craftwork Cards Fan Page. The ladies are following the challenge this week and I’m hoping to see some jaw dropping creations by the end of it.
If you are not a member or simply cannot wait to see the full effect then here are the steps in a little more detail:
First things first. You will need some white printing cardstock or stamping cardstock
Distress inks are also required. Here are three of the colour combos that I’ve used so far. Working from left to right. I find that if you use two shades of one colour and then a bolder or opposing colour you will achieve some good results.
Inks combination 1 will give you something like this
Using your preferred mat and your Distress inks squidge them randomly over the surface.
Spritz with water. Taking a sheet of card skim the surface of your inks. To begin with don’t lay the whole paper on the ink and flatten as you may make it too soggy. After practise this option is good but you need to understand how your paper absorbs the water and ink first. You will be left with something like this.
For me this second time was a little too green so I went for it again and layed the paper with the green on the yellow ink. The more layers the more interest. Just stop when you like what you see. Remember to leave some white and dry your paper in between.
Personally I like the lighter shades for the tags. While I use the darker sheets for the embellishments but that’s entirely up to you.
Next cut out your tags. I use a scalpel and the card back of a finished tag pad. I also look at where I’m cutting as that forms part of the design. Any paper that is left over can be used to die cut or hand punch shapes.
Use the darker sheet and your leftover paper to cut out the flowers, hearts, mini tags of your choice
Much love x Elisabeth x