Unexpected Ink Color Combinations for Layering Stamps!

by Emily

Hello, crafty friends! Emily Midgett here with you today, and I have some inspiration using various unexpected inks to create these uniquely colored floral images from the Morning Flowers layering stamp set.

I tend to stick to the four main colors in each color family when working with layering stamps (it's just so easy to do with Altenew's carefully-matched color families!), but I was inspired to think outside the box when I saw some of the ink suggestions in the insert in the Morning Flowers stamp set packaging. These peachy blooms, with their pops of bright red, are just so unique that I had to try them for myself.

Let's get started with the details!

Ink Combinations for Layering Stamps

Ink Color Combinations for Layering Stamps

I began by stamping the images in the Morning Flowers layering stamp set on white cardstock using an interesting combination of colors: Vanilla Cream, Pastel Sunrise, Vineyard Berry (for the flowers), Hazelnut and Rhodolite (for the centers), and Pistachio, Green Opal, and Green Onyx (for the foliage).

Mixing and matching from different color families created these romantic, almost antique-looking blooms!

I die cut the finished stamped images with the coordinating dies. I love that there's a bouquet of flowers and an individual bloom so that you can create so many different bouquet shapes!

Ink Combinations for Layering Stamps

Next, because the die-cut images have that pesky little white edge that bothers my artistic sensibilities so much, I decided to lean into it and add another element of white to the card front by embossing the Whimsical Herringbone background using white embossing powder onto some Spicy Yogurt cardstock.

I've never worked with Spicy Yogurt cardstock before, and it was just the right amount of rustic for these romantic blooms!

To help enhance the white embossing on the barely-colored cardstock, I lightly blended some Vanilla Cream and Pastel Sunrise inks at the top of the card base, adding some Pistachio and Green Opal inks at the bottom, leaving the center plain.

TIP! This emboss-resist technique helps to enhance the contrast on the white embossing and makes it pop just a bit more.

Ink Combinations for Layering Stamps

Next, I arranged the stamped flowers on the embossed and blended card front using both liquid and foam adhesive, allowing some of the flowers to spill over the side of the card front. I trimmed one of the extra foliage die-cuts to fill in some bare spots with smaller pieces of foliage. I die cut a greeting using the All About You Word Die Set from some Brushed Copper Metallic Cardstock and tucked it in the corner of the floral swag. Finally, I added a few coordinating green gems to help fill in some of the bare areas on the card front.

Tip! To mail cards with “extras” hanging over the side, just pop your card in a 5×7 envelope!

Well, that's all for my project today! I hope you will try some “outside the box” inking when selecting inks for your next layering stamp set. It creates such a unique effect!

Thanks so much for reading, and have a marvelous day!

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Catherine Milne August 16, 2022 - 11:36 AM

I love this unexpected color combo and find it so inspiring. I would also love to see more color mixes like this.

Altenew August 17, 2022 - 8:10 AM

Thank you, Catherine! It means so much to us 😍

Marchelle Eversmann August 22, 2022 - 7:23 AM

This is such a beautiful card. I would have never used that color combination but it’d so pretty. I agree with you about the white outlined on die cuts. I wonder if the dies could be made so they cut closer.

Altenew August 22, 2022 - 10:54 AM

We’re so happy to hear that, Marchelle! We definitely can’t wait to see you try this 💕

Tara C Prince September 5, 2023 - 10:21 AM

so beautiful


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