Hi friends!! Rosemary here to share a fun technique called double inking or sponging. This technique uses the emboss/resist technique but takes it to another level with the addition of stamping and layering of distress inks.
For this project you will need the following supplies: three shades of distress ink, white cardstock, sponges or ink blending tools and foam pads, watermark ink, clear embossing powder, heat tool, black ink, background stamp and an image stamp. One of the distress inks should be a fairly dark color and the other two should be lighter in color. For my project I used Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves distress inks.
I started my project by cutting my cardstock to a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. Using an ink blending tool and foam pads, I applied Peel Paint and Peacock Feathers inks onto the cardstock. Note: I like to use the Inkessentials ink blending tool and foam pads for blending distress inks.
Once you have the cardstock inked to your liking apply black ink to the background image and then stamp the inked piece with the image. When I use background stamps in my stamping projects I like to lay my background image rubber side up on my work surface, ink up the image and then lay my cardstock on top. I place a piece of scrap paper on top of the cardstock and gently rub over the surface. This helps to ensure that the entire cardstock piece is inked evenly. After removing the cardstock piece, use your heat tool to dry the cardstock before moving to the next step.
Your next step involves using the traditional emboss/resist technique of inking your image with watermark ink, stamping it on your piece, applying clear embossing powder and then heat-setting the image. I used a fairly large image and stamped it only once. Using a smaller image allows you to stamp it repeatedly over your cardstock. When choosing your image, make sure to choose one that isn’t completely solid, but one that has some open areas in it.
Using the ink blending tool or sponge, apply the dark colored distress ink to the entire piece. The areas that were stamped and embossed will resist the ink, revealing the colors that you applied in the first step. Once you have the cardstock piece inked to your liking remove the excess ink from the image using a tissue or paper towel.
Finish your project as you would like. I trimmed my piece to 3 3/4 x 5 inches, punched the corners using a Stampin Up! ticket corner punch and then adhered the piece onto a corresponding piece of black cardstock. I mounted the piece onto a white cardstock base and added the sentiment and button/twine embellishment.
I hope you enjoyed my technique today and that you will give it a try!
Supplies used: Snow cardstock (used for inked piece) from Taylored Expressions; white cardstock (used for card base), black cardstock and button from Papertrey Ink; Circles & Lines (#40-084), Soft Wings (#40-099) and Foliage Fancy (#30-138) stamps from Penny Black Inc.; Distress ink pads from Ranger Industries Inc.; Memento tuxedo black and VersaMark watermark ink pads and clear embossing powder from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; black twine from May Arts Ribbon; Fishtail Flag STAX die from My Favorite Things; ticket corner punch from Stampin’ Up!