Rosemary’s Technique of the Week: Double Inking
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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.

Inking Supplies

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.

Inking Step 1

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.

Inking Step 2

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.

Inking Step 3

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.

Inking Step 4

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.

Handmade Card

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!

20 Responses to Rosemary’s Technique of the Week: Double Inking

  1. Olga J says:

    Fantastic, I’ll give this one a try for sure! TFS!

  2. Oh Rosemary! This is gorgeous and fabulous technique!!

  3. Rosemary, your card is gorgeous! What a fun technique! I’ve not used it much, but I think I will have to get my inks out this afternoon and give it another try. THanks for sharing.

  4. Stacy Morgan says:

    Gorgeous! I love the deep rich colors. Fabulous job.

  5. M_Langer says:

    Love this, and am giving it a try immediately! Thanks!

  6. Alice Golden says:

    Fun technique and beautiful card Rosemary! I just reorganized all my inks last night and came across a bunch I haven’t used in ages, this will be a great way to put them to good use.

  7. Dawn T says:

    This is a favourite technique of mine. Love your beautiful butterfly Rosemary

  8. Pati L says:

    Very pretty colors, cool technique!!

  9. Chiara Robin says:

    fantastic card!!!

  10. Johanne L. says:

    I love the final look of your card. Great technique. I think I’ll try it. Thanks for sharing,

  11. joy says:

    Fabulous card, Rosemary! Thanks for reminding us of this fun technique, it’s been awhile since I’ve used it.

  12. Judy1223 says:

    Rosemary, this is an amazing card and very cool technique…I really must try this! Your color choices are fabulous, too!

  13. Denise Sullivan says:

    That is so beautiful I can’t take my eyes off this. So pretty.

  14. Greta H says:

    One of my favorite techniques & I was just looking for my instructions from when I first saw a card you did using it. This is stunning! Love your choice of images & colors. Now I can try it again–thank you, Rosemary!

  15. Debby J says:

    Love your card and this technique is definitely going on my to do list this afternoon.

  16. Smokie says:

    Very nice.

  17. k m meena herale says:

    The technique is superb and will try

  18. Violet says:

    Love this! I’m always on the look out for new techniques and I shall be doing this one for sure.

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