Transcending Tattoo Techniques

The second course I selected as part of my level three course is Transcending tattoo Techniques. This course is very interesting and has given me techniques I would have never thought of before. Jaycee explains every detail of each style and shares a bit of history for each technique discussed. I highly recommend this class to any carmaker.

Card 1- Traditional/OldSchool Tattoo Style

Before beginning my first card, I searched “traditional tattoos” for some inspiration. As I scrolled through the images, Although it’s highly unlikely, I thought about the type of tattoo I would want. I love floral designs, and I came across extensive, intricate, and modern designs.


I chose Altenew’s Vintage Flowers Stamp Set to create a traditional tattoo look. I decide to use brown and pink as my color combination. I first stamped the branch image with Memento Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black dye inks. I used no-line coloring ink for solid leaves and florals first and Rich Cocoa ink for detailed portions.


I used Copic markers to add color. E93 and RV21 for the petals and YG06, YG11, G46, and Y15 for the foliage. I cut a portion of my image using a stitched A2-sized die. I chose “believe in yourself” from Altenew’s Watercolor Roses Stamp Set for the sentiment. Finally, I added three embellishments and attached them to my card base.


Card 2- Dot-work

I chose Dot work as the technique for my second card. This technique is quite simple. All you need is an outline stamp image, a fine liner pen, and patience.


The image I used is Altenew’s Paint-A-Flower Dahlia Bright Eyes. I first stamped it in black dye ink and used my liner pen to add shading by adding dots. Next, I added dots closer together where I wanted shaded areas and more sparse where light would be. For the stem and leaves, I used Copic N6. Finally, I added, “Sending a smile your way,” included with this stamp along with three black gems.

Card 3- Trash Polka

Trash Polka uses mainly black and red, but other colors can also be used. However, I prefer black and red as it creates an image that really pops.

To create my “Trash Polka” card, I began with an almost craft paper-toned card stock. I stamped outline images from Altenew’s Beautiful Day Stamp Set. I used Copic N6 to color the center of the flowers and leaves. Next, I colored the petals with R35 close to the petal’s edge. I added shading to the petals with R46 and N6. For the leaves, I used N4 to color close to the edges of the images. Finally, I die cut the flowers and leaves and set them aside.


I created the background with Elegant Swirls Stencil and black dye ink. First, I inked the left side of the panel heavily while leaving the right lighter so it would appear to fade. Next, I used red dye ink and Warp speed stencil to add red ink to the background.

I placed two flowers and two leaves directly onto the card panel. Next, I used foam tape to place the center flower and some smaller leaves around it. Finally, I added ink spatter and “Hey Gorgeous” from Altenew’s Paint-A-Flower Himalayan Poppy Stamp for the sentiment.

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