Hello Altenew friends, Norine back again with a couple of cards made using a fun technique I call Batik stamping.
Traditionally, batiks are fabrics that are dyed multiple times with layers of wax prints in between the colors. Similar to tie-dying, each subsequent dying deepens the background color and protects the previous layers of wax covered impressions. For these cards, I began with white cardstock and ink blended a very pale shade of ink all over the A2 sized card panel.
For the brown card, I used all 4 shades of the Delectable Delights Crisp Dye Inks, ink blending the white cardstock with Vanilla Cream. Then I stamped and clear heat embossed one of each of the leaf stamps from the Peony Bouquet, Beautiful Heart, Vintage Roses, Vintage Flowers, and Beautiful Day stamp sets. Then I ink blended all over again with the Hazelnut Ink and repeated stamping and clear heat embossing each of the same stamp images. I then ink blended a third time, this time with Almond Butter, and repeated stamping and clear heat embossing, overlapping images from previous stamped layers. Finally, I ink blended all over the card panel for the last time with Milk Chocolate.
To finish this card, I stamped all three layers of two of the leaf stamps from the Vintage Flowers Stamp Set with the same Delectable Delights Oval Set and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I used the puny leaf sentiments from the Parrot Paradise Stamp set for both cards and heat embossed with white embossing powder on dark coordinating cardstock.
For the green card, I used a variety of stamps from the Parrot Paradise and Wild Ferns stamp sets. I built up the color in the same way as I've described above starting with Volcano Lake Ink and deepening the colors in the order of Parrot, Emerald, and Starlight. I actually added layers of Desert Night and Sapphire at the end to get a darker final color in order for the lighter layers to contrast better. To complete this card, I stamped the three layers of one of the leaves from the Wild Ferns stamp set, using the same colors of inks as on the card panel and die cutting with the coordinating dies. I die cut the Mega Thanks word three times and stacked it up for added dimension and tucked it under the stamped and white heat-embossed sentiment.
Here are a couple of tips to make this technique more successful. Between each stamping/ink blending routine I applied my heat tool to ensure that all the ink was dry, and used a powder bag as well, so that the clear embossing powder would only stick to the next layer of stamped images.
After ink blending another layer of color over the embossed leaf images, I rubbed the cardstock with a clean dry cloth to clean the ink off the melted embossing powder. So the color of leaves you see in each case are the color of the ink trapped below the embossing powder. Just like actual batik fabric!
I hope you've been inspired to give this technique a try! The beauty of the Altenew system of bundling 4 coordinating ink colors is that you can build colors for projects like this without worrying about matching shades. Altenew has done all that for you! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!