Irresistible Inking Techniques

This class taught me to think outside the box when it comes to my ink pads. Acrylic block, paintbrushes and brayers can all be used as tools alongside your ink. I made a mess, my hands got extra inky and I had lots of fun!

Card 1

I die-cut mint and white card stocks with an A2-sized stitched die. I stamped a floral image from Altenew’s Extra Special Stamp Set onto each of them. I directly stamped distress oxide inks onto my crafter’s essential mat, and lightly sprayed them with water. I painted the flowers on the white card stock with wilted violet distress oxide ink. For the leaves, I used mowed lawn and lucky clover for the undersides. I cut out the center portion of the image with a 3.25×2.25 inch die. I placed double-sided tape on the backside. I matched the painted florals to the mint card stock and pressed down. I stamped “Tu me inspiras” (you inspire me) from Altenew’s Lable Love Spanish Stamp Set in black dye ink. I attached it with foam tape.

I added sparkle with light green sequins and attached my completed project to a blank card base. 

Tu me inspiras


  • Altenew Extra Special Stamp Set
  • Altenew Label Love Spanish Stamp Set
  • Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn and Lucky CLover
  • Black Dye Ink
  • Foam Tape
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Sequins

Card 2

This card was fun, messy, and out of my comfort zone to create. I wanted something colorful, and what’s better than a rainbow for color? I stamped Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemon, Spice Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Prize Ribbon, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks, onto my trusty mat. I sprayed the ink with water and rolled my brayer over the mixture. I rolled the paint onto white card stock and repeated the process until all the colors were rolled on.

I die cut my favorite portions of my newly painted (and dry) card stocks. 

I stamped butterfly images from Altenew’s Painted Butterflies Stamp Set directly onto the painted card stock in black dye ink.

For the sentiment, I chose a Roald Dahl quote found in Altenew’s Watercolor Roses Stamp Set. I stamped it in black dye ink and attached my completed project onto a blank card base.

I very much enjoyed making messes with inks! I will likely use this inky mess again many times. It was also a quick card to put together.


  • Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp Set
  • Altenew Watercolor Roses Stamp Set
  • Altenew Crafter’s Essential Mat ( A MUST have supply, its awesome)
  • Distress Oxide Ink (colors listed above)
  • Brayer
  • Double-Sided Tape

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