Mer-Mazing Card: Step by Step Stamping with Pink Ink Stamps
I am absolutely thrilled to have been invited to create an inspiration piece for the Crafty Arts blog using some of the incredible sea-themed stamps from Pink Ink Designs. As soon as I first saw this range of stamps I fell in love with them. They are such stunning and unique images that really appeal to my personal taste as I love anything a little mythical or quirky and these definitely tick those boxes.
As a stamper I also find the quality of the Pink Ink stamps superb. There’s nothing more frustrating than a stamp that you just can’t get a perfect image from no matter what you use, and that’s not a problem I ever have with these.
I decided to create a card with Neptune as my focal image. It’s so refreshing to see a merman as mermaids are everywhere ( not that I am complaining as I love them too!). I also used stamps from all of the other Pink Ink sea sets that are available in order to create a scene with lots of interest to it.
This was my process
I stamped Neptune, using a stamping platform onto mixed media cardstock using Ranger Distress Archival Ink. I wanted to create different tones in the outline, and so by using the platform I was able to apply one colour, then clean my stamp before adding the next in order to avoid contaminating my ink pad.
For the background, I wanted deep vibrant colours, so I chose to use Dylusions ink sprays, but rather than spraying my card I first dampened it to assist blending. Then carefully applied the ink with a brush. Once happy with the result I splattered with water and dabbed to lift some of the ink away to create more texture.
Once my background was dry I used watercolour pens to colour it in.
To build more interest in the background I used a stencil and distress ink, before stamping a variety of the background stamps in the various sets. Some I heat embossed with glittery powder to add a little sparkle. I decided that Neptune needed more definition, so used my Faber Castell pencils to deepen some of the colouring.
Once I was happy with my background, I needed to create a foreground. I stamped some seaweed direct to the main card stock. I also stamped some on to some waste scraps of previously inked card and fussy cut it. After a short while I decided that the dolphin needed to swim amongst the seaweed. So I re-stamped him and cut too, and as I pieced it together I slid him amid it. Then I also added glitter to Neptune’s tail because, despite the fact he’s a big strong fella, all mer-creatures definitely need some bling!
I love the Pink Ink Designs Shells set, and used that to add more depth to my foreground. Once the shells were stamped and coloured. I covered in Versafine ink and clear embossing powder to give them a lovely sheen.
To finish off I added some textures sand along the base of my card and created a bubble effect with a clear pearl wand. I decided it needed just a little something more, so added the head of the gorgeous turtle stamp to the top corner.
I hope that this has inspired you to get creating. These stamps have so many possibilities I don’t think I will ever tire of using them.
I’m looking forward to sharing more projects here on the blog with you soon. Until then happy crafting.