Pen and Ink Technique with Altenew’s Layered Stamps

by Norine

Hi friends, Norine here back with you today. I have had a technique idea in my head for a while and finally got to execute it for today's post! I'm very pleased with how it turned out and I hope you like it as well.

I love the pen & ink style of watercolor painting and I'm most often drawn to the outline stamps that Altenew designs. I have occasionally even added some pen work to those watercolored images, but this time, I wanted to see how it would look to pen-outline the separate shapes and colors of a layered stamped image.

Let's get started!

I began by stamping the flower and leaves in the Story of Us Stamp Set. I stamped two different card panels with the colors from the new ink colors release.

The bloom has four stamps to create the layered image and two solid leaf stamps. On one card panel, I stamped the bloom with Sunray, Chamomile, Snapdragon, and Marigold inks, and on another panel, I used Baby Pink, Fuchsia and Magenta inks.

Because the leaves are solid stamps and I wanted to incorporate the three new green ink colors, Limeade, Lime, and Fresh Leaf, I used the MISTI and stamped a base color of the lightest shade first. Next, I touched the medium shade to the edges of the leaf, stamped again, and repeated this with the darkest shade, tapping the ink pad to the base of the leaf where it would naturally be darker from being tucked under the flower petals.

Once the stamping was all done, I used a 0.3 sized Copic Multiliner pen to outline each of the layered sections of color. I kept my hand loose and did not try to perfectly stick to the color outline.

TIP! You could do your pen work that way, but I feel like the loose, “messy” outlining is more authentically “pen & ink”.

Then I used a thicker, 0.8 sized Multiliner pen to add some extra lines and squiggles to the design. On the yellow card, I added a loosely drawn outline frame with both weights of pens to complement the pen work on the image and I stamped a sentiment from the Birthday Builder Stamp Set.

For the deep pink card, I used the three new ink colors listed above, and because there are four layered stamps that create the image, I doubled up with the two smallest images, using Magenta ink for both. I inked the stamp twice for the last layer to achieve the darkest shade.

TIP! When doing this type of pen & ink scribbling, it's a good idea to practice first on some scratch paper, just to loosen your scribble muscles. Drawing circular flourishes in both directions is a great way to begin and adding dots and squiggles to that is all it takes to make some scratchy designs look “arty”.

On my stamped images below, I selected a few spots to be more shaded by adding some cross-hatching scribbles. The important thing to remember is that there is no wrong way to do this and however you scribble-outline your shapes, it will look intentional.

For this card, I used the sentiment from the recently released Rennie Roses Stamp Set.

For my last card, I stamped the solid base image of the bloom onto masking paper and cut it out so that I could build a double bloom bouquet.

I used two different combinations of ink colors for interest. The bottom flower is stamped using Blush, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, and Coral Berry and for the top flower I used Frosty Pink twice for the base layer, Cotton Candy for the 2nd AND 3rd layers and Coral Berry for the last layer.

For the leaves, I used various combinations of Minty Mint/Sweet Leaf/Forest Glades, Mountain Mist/Sweet Leaf/Forest Glades or Arctic/Volcano Lake/Forest Glades. I used the Forest Glades color with each leaf for overall consistency.

For this card, I used one of the sentiments in the Story of Us Stamp Set. For all three cards, I trimmed the stamped the card panels slightly smaller than an A2 card size and mounted each with foam adhesive for extra dimension. All three are finished with some randomly placed black enamel dots.

I hope you found this technique interesting, and I want to say thank you for stopping by today!

~SUPPLY LIST~

Story of Us Stamp Set
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March 2019 Complete Ink Bundle
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Birthday Builder Stamp Set
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Rennie Roses Stamp Set
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Blush Crisp Dye Ink
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Coral Berry Crisp Dye Ink
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Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink
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Pink Pearl Crisp Dye Ink
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Frosty Pink Crisp Dye Ink
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Cotton Candy Crisp Dye Ink
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Minty Mint Crisp Dye Ink
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Sweet Leaf Crisp Dye Ink
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Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink
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Mountain Mist Crisp Dye Ink
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Arctic Crisp Dye Ink
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Volcano Lake Crisp Dye Ink
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Green Fields Enamel Dots
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48 comments

barbara lassiter March 28, 2019 - 09:55

Beautiful cards! What a great look using this technique and one I would like to try!

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Rochelle H. March 28, 2019 - 10:17

Oh my goodness! Those cards are absolutely stunning! The loose scribbles really touch up the cards! I love it! I’m definitely going to try that technique! I’m amazed!!!?

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Karen March 28, 2019 - 10:19

Just Beautiful! I have never seen anything like this, and I look forward to trying this technique!

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Maria B March 28, 2019 - 10:20

What a lovely idea you had. Thanks for sharing.

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Kathy P. March 28, 2019 - 10:25

I totally LOVE these cards with the scribbling! What a unique look to enhance your beautiful inking! I know I will try this technique for sure….thanks for sharing your amazing ideas with us, Norine.

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Greta H March 28, 2019 - 10:35

I know myself–not something I’d be able to do, but oh how I LOVE seeing your projects with the Pen & Ink technique! These are jawdropping gorgeous, Norine!

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Michele W March 28, 2019 - 10:36

Beautiful cards and interesting technique! Not sure my perfectionist tendencies will allow me the freedom to do this but I plan to try. I could be a great way to help me loosen up a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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Carole A Strawn March 28, 2019 - 10:40

I really love how much your doodling with the black ink really elevates the wow factor of these cards. I love the artistic feel of the designs. Thank you for sharing. These cards are really awesome.

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dlweldon March 28, 2019 - 10:40

Wow! So beautiful!!!!

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CAROL W BLAISDELL March 28, 2019 - 10:43

Norine, these 3 cards are exquisite!! I love the artsy feel of the scribbles and your color choices. Yummy! Thank you so much for giving us these brilliant examples with tips.

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Christina Betlock March 28, 2019 - 10:44

I was enchanted by the technique…and then I saw who the artist was! Norine, you are Amazing! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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Cindie McDuffee March 28, 2019 - 11:00

Oh my! These cards are absolutely amazing! Thanks for the tips and I really love, love love your style!

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carol ann March 28, 2019 - 11:09

Holy moly that’s so cool! Sure wish I had thought of doing this! Off to try this technique.

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Michele March 28, 2019 - 11:09

Norine these are FAB U LOUS!!! Go girl!!
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Karen Smee March 28, 2019 - 11:12

Love these cards – pinned to inspire me to try this technique!

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Terri March 28, 2019 - 11:16

These are really beautiful! Such a fabulous idea!

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Sharon O March 28, 2019 - 11:28

Beautiful! I really like the pen work and the look it provides. I must try this on my layered stamps soon.

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bonnielovespurses March 28, 2019 - 11:30

Beautiful cards! I would love to see a process video for the technique.

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Tara Prince March 28, 2019 - 11:39

Such beautiful cards!!

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Lynn Cook March 28, 2019 - 11:40

This technique is new to me and one of the most interesting I’ve seen in a while! I love the look and hope that you would consider doing a video.

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Helen March 28, 2019 - 11:49

What a fabulous idea, Norine! The pen and ink dimension is truly authentic looking. Can’t wait to try it with my layering stamps. tfs

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Marie March 28, 2019 - 11:57

I very rarely leave a comment, but I just had to comment on this technique as it’s just beautiful, and what a fun idea for our stamps.

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Verna Angerhofer March 28, 2019 - 12:18

These are so gorgeous and artsy looking. Very trendy! I might be able to do that as my hand shakes anyway. LOL

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Daria Z. March 28, 2019 - 13:02

Norine, these are fabulous! I agree with Greta – not something I could probably do, but just love these.

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Pooja March 28, 2019 - 13:10

Fantastic cards.
Loved the artsy cards with pen and ink technique !

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Delia Wilkes March 28, 2019 - 14:20

Your cards are so beautiful. I have never seen this technique before either. It is truly amazing. I’d love to have a go. The effect is outstanding. Thank you for sharing your incredible creativity with us.

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Tracey T March 28, 2019 - 14:27

Wow! This is beautiful and a great way to get more from your stamp set.

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Tracy March 28, 2019 - 15:05

Really love this technique. What a great idea! Pinning this to try later.

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Maureen Reiss March 28, 2019 - 15:34

Oooo!! I love this idea!!!

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Cindy C. March 28, 2019 - 16:12

This is impressive!! What a great idea!!

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MelissaF March 28, 2019 - 16:22

Really pretty cards, lI love the messy, loose pen and ink over the stamped flowers and leaves. I would LOVE to see a process video and maybe some guideline to begin. I’m not a “just go for it” kind of gal, I need a little guidance. TFS

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Kathy Bolam March 28, 2019 - 17:32

Stunning flowers, Norine and a beautiful display of your talent.

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L Patton3kidmama March 28, 2019 - 19:34

This is truly beautiful! I would love to watch you do the inking with a video sometime. (even if it’s just watching you doodle with a music track. :)

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Tricia Podmore March 28, 2019 - 19:48

Wow, love the pen/ink technique you showed, especially the way you did the doodles after outlining. Want to try my hand but so wish you would do a video for fraidie cats like me!!! Haha

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LauraJane March 28, 2019 - 23:09

You’re the Best, Norine, at getting my mojo going! Thanks for the inspiration :))

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Jen K March 29, 2019 - 01:19

These cards are gorgeous and so inspiring! I will absolutely be trying to recreate the effect you’ve shown here.

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Doris Jones March 29, 2019 - 01:25

I’ve tried that effect before with another design by Altenew. Your cards are stunning.

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artemistoo March 29, 2019 - 02:28

Wowser! That’s a really fabulous idea and it just made your stamped images zing!

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Sandy S. March 29, 2019 - 08:48

This is brilliant, Norine! Sometimes after I’ve done multi-step stamping, I feel that there just isn’t enough definition. This is a beautiful way to rescue it!

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Judy B March 29, 2019 - 09:57

Beautiful cards! Your floral stamps are amazing and the design team does an awesome job coloring them. Thanks for sharing this technique with us.

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Robin Ridpath March 29, 2019 - 10:18

Beautiful cards! Love the look of this technique!

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Regine Endres March 29, 2019 - 10:39

Stunning cards! Absolutely gorgeous!

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Darla Woodkowski April 2, 2019 - 19:51

I love these cards using ink; they are absolutely beautiful!

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Violet Rose April 2, 2019 - 20:43

SO SO SO pretty!! I love the colors, the layouts, and the technique.

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Viera April 3, 2019 - 15:20

I don’t like your cards, I LOVE YOUR CARDS! What an awesome idea. I don’t think I can ever make them as pretty as you did.

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Mary Kelly April 3, 2019 - 16:08

Your cards are beautiful Norine. What a very clever technique you have used. Each one is lovely, but the colours on the third one are my favourite.

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Theresa Lee April 4, 2019 - 11:29

Absolutely stunning! I saw one of these that someone pinned on Pinterest a few days ago, but I couldn’t find the blog post. I’m just amazed at how beautiful you made these cards. I’m going to give it a whirl – eeek! Hopefully I can come close to my cards being this beautiful.

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maureenchandler April 22, 2019 - 15:55

Your cards are amazing – I LOVE them!!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and this really cool way of upping the impact of a stamped card!!!

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