Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ink Experiments!

I've been inspired by some beautiful cards lately (Susan's, Stephanie's, Kim's) where ink is applied to the acrylic block, misted, and then stamped onto paper. Since Mandi and Chrissie suggested we might experiment with a new inking technique for this week's Less is More challenge, I've decided to have a go at it.


I used Memento dandelion, cantaloupe, and tangelo inks on the acrylic block, misted them, and then stamped onto PTI cardstock. I only ended up with one ink splotch that I liked that was in an appropriate spot for a one layer card. I used PTI turning a new leaf and inked the stamp with both tangelo and gingerbread inks. I attempted to add a bit of bling, but it just looked too random for me so I took it off. Sadly, bling is not my strong suit! :) In this photo the sentiment looks a bit lost in the ink, but IRL it is crisp and clear. I think the photo is just a little fuzzy.



I thought my other inky experiments were a complete loss, but when I was using them to try out different images, I found I rather liked a couple of them. I cut them down, matted them, and am quite pleased with the results. Glad I didn't toss them into the recycle bin too quickly!



My 9-year old is away at the dude ranch with her best friend's family and surviving her first trip away from home. I have to say I'm missing her just a bit. I took my 6-year old up to Mt. Rainier to camp for a couple of days with her cousins. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, and lots of snow!


Hope you're all having a great day, and thanks for visiting!

Ann

19 comments:

Judy1223 said...

WOW! I am so glad you didn't toss those scraps...I love ALL the cards you made! I've been stalling, for some reason afraid to try this, but I think you have just given me the push I need. I LOVE these cards!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Fabulous inky cards, love the colours and effects:0) Your daughter will be back home before you know it and probably had the time of her life, hope so anyway, Gay xxx

GinaA said...

Great cards, no need for any bling, they are perfect as they are.

Debgem said...

Absolutely super cards. I do like the effect of using mists on acrylic blocks - lovely soft shapes. I do like the square cards you made from the "other experiments".

Your daughter will be having a ball - and have so much to tell you when she gets home!

Jenny said...

So glad you tried this new to you technique, your cards are fantastic and the scraps are definitely not worthy of a bin:)
Lovely photos of Mt Rainier, I'm sure you're worrying about her first trip away more than she is...that's our job as parents :)
Jenny x

Carol said...

Super cards so glad you didn't throw out your experiments. Bet your daughter's having a whale of a time. Carol x

Karen @ stampinginpink said...

they are all gorgeous. I'm gonna have to be brave and try this technique now - yours have inspired me lol Karen x

Sasha said...

If these are your first attempts at this technique you should feel very pleased with yourself...they're fabulous!

Chrissie said...

All of these cards are beautiful, often what seems like a bit of a disaster turns into a triumph once completed. I bet you're thrilled that you didn't throw all your attempts away. They are wonderful!
Super job!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Vicky said...

These are gorgeous Ann! Love this technique you've tried!
Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Suze Bain said...

These are fab, love the colours you've used. The rescued ones are great, love how you've matted them. xx

Kathyk said...

LOvely selection of cards, your LIM is fabulous.

Kathyk

Kim S said...

I am so glad you gave this a try!! Isn't it fun to see how each one turns out? I'm glad that you didn't get rid of your first attempts - I really like the sympathy card.

Mandi said...

Your OLC is fabulous
The last one, although not one layer is fantastic
What a FAB technique this is

Thanks so much
Mandi
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

Faith A said...

Beautiful cards, great rescue too

Zoechaos said...

Beautiful cards XOXO Zoe

Viv said...

Such beautiful cards, well done :O) Viv xx

lilybygilly said...

I love the colours you've used and the cards look great mounted too. Gill x

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Love these. The ones that you have mounted are stunning. Love Sheila x.