Saturday, March 21, 2020

Hugs - Stamping on Coloured Cardstock

Happy day! 
I hope it's happy with all the stuff happening in our world today...

I recently watched a video by Jennifer McGuire that demonstrated how to stamp on dark coloured cardstock. This has always been an issue for me - inks simply don't show up well on the darker cardstock colours. 

Skeptical doesn't begin to describe how I felt as I watched the video... thinking, "This works for HER but I will never get the same result." Much to my surprise, this technique really does work! 

It starts with a three step stamp - one that also has an outline stamp as one of the three images. There are other ways to do this but the effect will be different.

I started with the main filled stamp image - and stamped that with white pigment ink. Without heating it, the detail stamp was stamped directly over the white, in the cardstock colour - in this case, Peacock. The image was then heat set. The outline was stamped using Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder. The white ink kind of takes on a lighter shade of the cardstock - how neat is that? 

My first attempt wasn't successful as I didn't heat set the pigment ink well enough and ended up with embossing powder all over the image... it worked better the second time. I cut around the flower and made a centre panel to use as a guide to place the leaves. That centre panel was raised using four layers of scrap cardstock and a sentiment was die cut for the bottom. I love the way this looks and can’t wait to try it with other stamps and cardstock! 

Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper: Peacock Cardstock, Silver Foil, Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Stamps: To a Wild Rose (SU)
Inks: Peacock, White Pigment Ink, Versamark 
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Hugs Die (Calligraphy pop)



  1. Hello, Alyson! I am finally here to visit! I am way behind in my blog visiting! Hope all is well with you! I saw part of Jennifer's video - way to go for trying this technique! It looks amazing! Your card is beautiful!

  2. Oh, Alyson, yes, thank you for explaining that well enough for dense MOI to really understand well enough to try it. And telling us what you did wrong cinched it for me. I get it. Your card is lovely and it's a cool effect. These layering stamps intimidate me so much, but I finally really want to use the few sets I have. xoxo


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