This is the card that I will be demonstrating for you:
I used the following supplies:
This includes: acrylic block, ink pads/markers, stamps, mist spray bottle with water. For my card, I used three colors of Memento Inks (Lilac Posies, Potter's Clay, Peanut Brittle). I use markers to color the acrylic block and full size ink pads for the stamping, but either would work. I forgot to include it in the picture, but I also used Onyx Black VersaFine Ink.
I used an acrylic block that is a bit longer than my card so that it goes off the edges of my folded card. I took the three Memento markers and colored the acrylic block (going from light to dark to keep from transferring color). You can do the same using ink pads, but I find you have more control over the colors and design with the markers. Stampin' up markers, Memento markers, Distress Ink markers...all work fine.
After you get the block inked up, then you spray mist the ink with water. You will get a different effect depending upon how much water you use. You kind of need to experiment a bit to see what you like best. I find that I like them a little wetter.
You will "stamp" your folded card with your acrylic block. I stamped it to the left so that I would have room for my sentiment. You could experiment with different size blocks and locations. The possibilities are endless!
Once you remove the acrylic block, you are left with a background of ink. Sometimes you will have some curl in the paper, but I find that you can continue the process without any problems.
Now you will need to mask off the parts of the card that you want to keep clean. I use Post-It Notes, but I recommend that you use two notes for each piece you put down. I have found out the hard way that inks tend to bleed through one layer and leave random ink marks on your card. It is frustrating to go through the effort to make the pretty images and then end up ruining the card! However, if it happens to you, not to worry! You can just cut off the part and mount it on a new card. You won't have the one layer style, but you can still use it!
Next you will need several stamps to use to help create the background. For this card, I used a music staff (Tin Can Mail), some flowers (Sparklers from Penny Black), and a swirl stamp (PrintWorks). Some of them I have had for some time, but you could use faux words, all kinds of greenery and other texture/swirl type stamps. If you look at some of my older posts, you will see all kinds of things used!
First, I stamped the music staff using the lightest of the three colors I used (Peanut Brittle).
Then, I used the Sparkler flowers from Penny Black using the medium color ink (Potter's Clay).
Lastly, I stamped the swirl stamp with the darkest color (Lilac Posies). I have found I love using this swirl stamp for many of my cards.
If you want, you can add more layers with other stamps, but I decided that I would keep it to these three for this one.
Next up is the REALLY FUN PART! Removing the Post-It Notes to reveal your masterpiece!
Isn't it beautiful???? It's amazing that something so simple can look so dramatic!!!
The last thing is to add your sentiment. I tend to use sentiment stamps from Wordsworth, but you can use anything that will fit in the space you have. This one is from a set called "Life Affirming."
If you are not sure if it is the right size or whether it will work, get out your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. Don't have one? You must have one! I use it all the time for adding images to be sure they are straight or evenly spaced. It is so simple to use and you can use it to "test the waters" with your sentiments before you commit it to paper. You can also experiment with ink colors to be sure you like it before you stamp it on your card.
For inking my sentiments, I tend to use Versa-Fine ink pads. They provide better ink coverage than the Memento inks. For this card I used Onyx Black.
For the finished card I also added a score line on either side of the inked section just to help accentuate it a bit.
I hope that this tutorial has helped and that you will be making your own masterpieces!