Pigment Ink Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in total prizes)

by Michelle

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Hello there! It's Michelle here, joining you to kick off today's blog hop showcasing Pigment Inks. I'm going to show you how they work beautifully with a technique I use a lot with embossing folders. Be sure to stay tuned for the GIVEAWAY details – you might be one of the lucky ones to win a gift voucher for shopping with Altenew.

Enhancing Embossing with Pigment Inks | Terrific Tags with Michelle

Layering Pigment Inks over embossing folders

Creating a Base Layer

Today we are going to use pigment ink properties to our advantage by layering light colors over dark colors. I started off by adding ink blending to my Terrific Tags cut from Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I used Persian Blue and Sapphire from the Glacier Caves Pigment Ink Bundle for the blue tag. For the yellow tag, I used Warm Sunshine and Caramel Toffee from the Summer Afternoon Pigment Ink Bundle.

Layering Pigment Inks over embossing folders

Enhancing the Embossing

I ran them through my die cutting machine using the Decorative Florals 3D Embossing Folder for the blue tag and Cheerful Bloom 3D Embossing Folder for the yellow one. Using the lightest shades in the pigment ink bundles, I lightly swiped and pressed the ink pads onto the tags to add the color to the most raised parts of the embossing. This really does enhance the embossing and make it pop off the tags!

Layering Pigment Inks over embossing folders

To add a little sparkle to the tags, I sprayed them with Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray. This melds with the pigment ink and as a result, creates a really soft look, almost like velvet! I then added another tag cut from white cardstock to the back so that it would look finished, and therefore, would have space to write a personal message.

Layering Pigment Inks over embossing folders

For the yellow tag, I took the sentiment stamp from the Statement Flowers Stamp Set and stamped it onto black cardstock with Embossing Ink. I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. I did the same thing for the blue tag with the sentiment from the Build-A-Flower: Bearded Iris Layering Stamp & Die Set. They were both cut into strips and added to the tags with Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

Layering Pigment Inks over embossing folders

To finish off the tags, I added Essential Black & White Enamel Dots and then added twine through the tops and tied in a bow. You can watch the full process video below or on YouTube.

Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this occasion, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 10/21/2012 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 6 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/23/2021.

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Blog Hop

Your next stop on the hop is Nathalie DeSousa. Here's the full hop list:

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Alexandra Y October 17, 2021 - 3:17 PM

So beautiful! The ink really makes the embossing that much more stunning!!

Andrea Megan Hastilow October 17, 2021 - 4:34 PM

When you’ve made tags similar to this in the past I have always wanted to see how they were achieved. So this video is awesome in so many ways, the inks are so rich looking & those folders so detailed. Thank you for sharing xx

Carol McCready October 17, 2021 - 7:05 PM

Great tags. Thank you for sharing the technique video.

laurie2cats October 17, 2021 - 7:11 PM

Beautiful! Love this ink on embossing technique

Angela C. Posch October 17, 2021 - 8:13 PM

Beautiful. Love the soft look.

dorothyayotte October 17, 2021 - 10:36 PM

These are such lovely tags! I love the look of pigment ink with embossing folders. It creates a wonderful opaque look that dye inks just can’t do. Thanks for the inspiration and looking forward to this blog hop!

Tina Kahles October 17, 2021 - 11:17 PM

Michelle, I loved your beautiful tags using the pigment ink pads, it gave me so much inspiration. Thank You for sharing!

Inkin' Chickie October 18, 2021 - 2:34 AM

Great tag shares. Nice to have a chance to get another look at the inks with some project ideas.

momentsofcrafting October 18, 2021 - 4:12 AM

Just stunning! These 3D embossing folders are so beautiful with amazing depth and detail!! Wonderful inspiration! :)

joni52 October 18, 2021 - 7:07 AM

Beautiful tags, love working with the pigment inks.

M.FATEMA October 18, 2021 - 9:03 AM

Oh I love the tags!! So elegant!!
Thanks for the lovely inspiration!

Bethany Grace October 18, 2021 - 9:42 AM

Stunning tags Michelle!! I love this series, and these are great ideas – never thought to emboss tags! Thanks 😊

Retta Rae Lutte October 18, 2021 - 9:57 AM

This is one of my favorite techniques with 3D folders. I have used white pigment ink, but I love the results with the light colored ink. I can’t wait to get these new colors. Your tags are stunning!

Helen Liu October 18, 2021 - 10:08 AM

I have to dig out my Altenew pigment ink set and make some projects. Thanks so much for the inspirations.

roxanne tellini October 18, 2021 - 11:42 AM

Beautiful, smooth blends. WTG

Cyndi Morris October 18, 2021 - 3:36 PM

These pigment inks look amazing! I love ink blending and these seem to be wonderful for that technique. Michelle’s tags are beautiful.

Susie October 18, 2021 - 5:46 PM

I love these! So elegant !

Maureen Wong October 18, 2021 - 5:56 PM

Those tags are absolutely stunning! This is definitely something I want to try!

Li Cous October 18, 2021 - 8:28 PM

Your tags are so beautiful Michelle! I really appreciate your video. I always enjoy seeing how things are done rather than just reading out it.

karen514 October 18, 2021 - 9:25 PM

Absolutely stunning tags! My first Altenew embossing folders just arrived and I love them. Can’t wait to try this technique with them!

Carla Hundley October 19, 2021 - 2:33 AM

These tags are so charming
and lovely colors!
Carla from Arizona

Stacey Kowbel October 19, 2021 - 11:24 AM

Such beautiful inspiration on this hop! These inks are fabulous!

Mary-Anne V October 20, 2021 - 6:41 AM

Beautiful tags..love to see the rest of the hop.

Lauryne Cunningham October 20, 2021 - 7:21 AM

These tags are beautiful! I love how the lighter pigment ink looks on the blue tag! It really enhances the flowers!

Sherril Leon Soon October 20, 2021 - 9:32 PM

I can’t wait to try this technique. I’m waiting for my inks to arrive and then it’s on!

Em Roch October 20, 2021 - 11:52 PM

The light blue on the dark blue really adds a lot to the flower tag. So beautiful!

Shannon October 21, 2021 - 1:03 AM

Absolutely beautiful!

Nandini October 21, 2021 - 6:14 AM

The tags are really cute! I love the pigment inks. They are awesome!

Sadia Ashraf October 21, 2021 - 10:59 AM

Wonderful HOP, love all the inspirations!

Janice Berbin October 22, 2021 - 6:57 PM

Gorgeous tags especially the blue one!

Vickie Davis October 23, 2021 - 9:02 PM

Beautiful work. Just got my order of pigment inks so this hop will be helpful.

Barbara Kohn November 6, 2021 - 12:12 PM

I’ve enjoyed using pigment inks for years, but I think it’s time to get my hands on some 3D embossing folders!!!

Lynn Conlon November 11, 2021 - 10:25 AM

Love pigment inks and your tags were stunning. The colors are so vibrant. Yellows are often tough to find but I love Warm Sunshine from Altenew. It is vibrant and not overpowering. Both tags really pop because of the colors chosen.

Daphne Hooyboer November 11, 2021 - 10:45 AM

So elegant

Marilyn Patrick November 11, 2021 - 11:04 AM

These tags are so stunning in their simplicity. Thank you for the inspiration!

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