Layers Upon Layers; Stencils, Stamps and Ink

by Norine

Hello Altenew friends, Norine here with you today to share a couple of cards made using All. The. Things, lol!  It’s what you do when you can't decide if you feel like stamping or stenciling or ink-blending – you do it all!

Let’s take a look!

Here are the two cards I made with my layered panels, but before they looked like this…

They looked like this.  And then, not satisfied to stop, (my life motto is: “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!) I went  back with the ink and some stencils until….

they looked like this.  Should I have taken more photos along the way to show the steps?  Maybe, if I’d know where it was gonna end up, I would have thought to do that!  But hopefully this gives you the idea.

Starting with the blue/green panel, I selected the ink colors I wanted to use; Lime, Tide Blue, Aqualicious, Persian Blue and Lagoon.  I positioned the Neenah white cardstock in my MISTI, then stamped in random patches with all the colors, using the following background stamps: Pinstripe, Pattern Play – Circles, Whimsical Herringbone, and the dotted leaf stamps from the Dot Botanicals stamp set.

The next step was to ink blend over the entire panel, using the same selection of inks.  Where colors overlap you get a new shade and so it ends up looking like you used many more colors of ink than you actually did.

At that point, I decided more is actually more, so I pulled out the Classy Stripes and Elegant Swirls stencils and ink blended more layers of the same colors on.

Now to use the green panel on a card!  I positioned the Bold Thanks shadow die onto a piece of white cardstock and lined up the die in the die cutter with the bottom part of the letters extending out of the acrylic pad/cutting plate sandwich so that it would not cut the letters out of the larger white panel.  Then I used an Xacto knife and metal straight edge to trim along the bottom, cutting out the little openings at the bottom of the letters.

Then I lined up the white die cut layer over the inked panel and taped the thanks die overtop the shadow part, and pulled out the white panel to let me die cut the individual letters.  (Behind the white shadow part there are “thanks” shaped holes, but no one can see that so it’s fine.  I stamped the “so very much” from the Leaf Canopy stamp set and added a few enamel dots to complete the card.

I trimmed the bottom part of the inked panel that’s hidden behind the top layer of cardstock so I actually have another piece to use on a card at another time!

For my second card, I started off by selecting the following colors of ink: Sunray, Marigold, Coral Bliss, Coral Berry and Burnt Red.  I used those inks to randomly stamp the Shine Like a Diamond, Dainty Swiss Dots background stamps, and the leaf stamps in the Beauty Within stamp set before blending inks over the whole panel to (sort of) match the shades of ink stamped beneath.

Next, I used the Bubble Wrap stencil, and leafy stencil layer from the Playful Patterns Builder Stencil set to add even more layers of color to the stamping.

To create and assemble this card, I stamped some leaves and blooms using the Winsome Bloom stamp set from the Mini series and colored them with alcohol markers to match the inked background, then die cut them out.  I used a curved, scalloped edge die from my stash to die cut the decorative edge on the bottom of the inked panel, then die cut the “sweet” from 110lb cardstock with the die from the Script Words 3 die set.

I stamped the “you are so” from the Sentiment Strips 2 stamp set, trimmed it to a narrow strip and layered it behind the “sweet” die.  I found enamel dots in the Tropical Forest, Red Cosmos, Tea Party and Warm & Cozy sets to match the card perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed these projects and feel inspired to create something yourself.  There’s nothing like using a wide variety and number of products to make a beautiful project, to completely justify owning so many supplies!

Thank you so much for stopping by, for your interest and support and have a wonderful day!



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Andre M. August 8, 2021 - 09:51

Absolutely beautiful panels turned into gorgeous cards. The various stamps and inks combined beautiful to create very lovely designs.

Dana K Williams August 8, 2021 - 10:19

I can’t wait to get home to try and create these gorgeous back grounds. I am so delighted and amazed everytime I open my email.

Sharon Aukland August 8, 2021 - 10:26

What fun, unique and beautiful cards!! Thank you for sharing your process.

Annette Hindes August 8, 2021 - 12:41

Love them !! 😍
Saving snapshot for later😉

Barb in Kazoo August 8, 2021 - 18:10

Oh my. Perfect amount of done. Lol. I really really like this. Thanks for sharing

Renee VanEpps August 8, 2021 - 18:41

Wow Noriega, you seriously never cease to amaze!! Your creativity and artistry is always so very inspiring! If you ever do these again more pictures or even a video would be so awesome! TFS

Carol Henderson August 9, 2021 - 09:43

Norine, You are so creative! If I had thought to even go as far as you did on just the background, I would have stopped there, put it in my “to do later” stash because I was at a loss to figure out how to use it on a card! You always inspire me to continue on and try to think farther and stretch my mind. Thank you!

Henriëtte August 9, 2021 - 10:18

Stunning backgrounds and cards Norine,
thank you so much for sharing your stunning work,
stay safe and have a wonderful day!

Cindy C. August 10, 2021 - 09:37

Both so gorgeous!! Wow!

tara prince September 8, 2021 - 10:17

beautiful cards


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