I have been playing with ink swiping on my cardstock (I used watercolor cardstock) to create a fun colorful backgrounds. When I was done with this technique I thought they would make some really cool die cut star accents!
After I swiped the ink pads across the cardstock, I stamped stars from the Starlights Stamp Set in WOW Embossing Ink, added Wanderlust Embossing Glitter and heat embossed. The embossing glitter is a Clear Embossing Powder with glitter in it, which creates a gorgeous clear sparkly embossed image. Love that SPARKLE!
Next, I added a TON of water. Catherine Pooler Ink is water based, so when you add water, it “activates” the ink. I used a paper towel to lift some of the ink off the cardstock and lighten it.
The heat embossing of the images basically trapped color beneath the embossing. The ink under the embossed images remain dark and will become lighter in the other areas which created a cool contrast.
If you are familiar with the Joseph’s Coat Technique, this is basically the Reverse of that…
The Joseph’s Coat Technique is the same until the step where the water was added. Instead, I would sponge dark ink over creating a dark background with the ink trapped under the embossing staying light.
I die cut the images with my star dies, then created the card with the Starlights Stamp Set, Star Word Die and the Postage Stamp Dies. With alternating postage stamp edge and straight edge with stitching, the Postage Stamp Dies are a must-have for any craft room!
I’m feeling like going back to get inky and trying this with different shape dies and different stamps to see what looks I can get! What should I try? Now it’s your turn!