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Dye ink block stamping – Grunge meets whimsy

Today, I’m showing you a way to create with the Metalz Trio from Seth Apter which you might feel fulls more into the mixed media look, but they can easily be combined to create a whimsy card. In addition, I’m showing you how to use your dye inks to create fun colour backgrounds to add you scene too. Dye ink block stamping is a fun technique that I hope you’ll try out on your next project! So let’s create 3 cards where grunge meets whimsy!

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Dye Ink block stamping

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Dye Ink block stamping

Dye Ink Block stamping - Never stop looking up

All cards are created using watercolour cards stock as the backgrounds are created with ink block stamping.

For this first, you need a round acrylic block. Smoosh you ink pads down onto the ink block to transfer the ink. The colours used were: Tiara, Mandarin Spice and Sangria ink from Catherine Pooler Designs. Spritz the block with water so the ink beads up.

Place block onto your watercolour card panel and let it sit for a minute or so, to allow the ink to sink into the cardstock. Remove the block and allow this to dry. 

For the stamping, heat emboss the sun and clouds from the Hero Arts ‘You’re my Universe’ stamp set. These were heat embossed in Crusty Copper embossing powder from the Seth Apter Metalz Trio. This copper colour pairs well with the oranges/pinks of the background. 

To colour the images in, use Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Alternatively, you can use watercolours or pencils. Add a little yellow/orange to the shadow areas of the clouds to complement the colour from the sun. Use the coordinating die to die-cut the stamps out and foam mount on to the front of the card. Lastly, stamp a sentiment in Midnight Ink from Catherine Pooler designs and add a few clean Morning Dew Nuvo Drops.

Dye Ink Block stamping - You're my moon & stars

For this card, use a rectangle acrylic block. Smoosh Juniper Mist, Suede Shoes and Stone Blue Catherine Pooler Ink onto the block and spritz with water until the ink beads up.

Place this onto you watercolour cardstock and allow the ink to seep into the cardstock. When I removed this block, it was a little patchy as I had not added another water to bead the ink up, however, it added a more textured look as though they were clouds. 

For this card, stamp the moon, clouds and the shooting star and heat emboss these in Etched platinum from the Metalz Trio embossing powders. The colour of the etched platinum pairs really well with the blues in the background. 

Use the coordinating dies to die-cut the images out and add some grey tones to the moon and clouds to add definition and dimension. Foam mount these onto the card from with varying levels of dimension for added interest.

Stamp the sentiment ‘You’re my moon & stars’ in Midnight ink and add a few Morning Dew Nuvo drops again to embellish the card.

Dye Ink Block stamping - Shoot for the stars

For this card, use a slim rectangle acrylic block. Smoosh Juniper Mist, Queen for A Day and Sangria ink onto the block and spritz with water to bead the ink up. Transfer the block to the watercolour cardstock to stamp the ink down. 

Make sure this panel is completely dry before stamping as moisture will attract the embossing powder. Stamp and heat emboss the wave of stars of directly onto the panel. Cover this with Weathered Gold embossing powder from the Metalz Trio. The gold in this powder is perfect for stars and works well with the warm colours in the background. 

Move the position of the stars stamp and repeat heat embossing, moving this down the panel as you go. In addition, also stamp a few of the larger single stars from the set and heat emboss in the same powder. 

Foam mount the die-cut stars onto the card panel, adding these as embellishments. Stamp the sentiment ‘Shoot for the stars’ from the stamp set in Midnight ink. Lastly, add a few Morning Dew Nuvo Drops to finish the card off. 

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You're My Universe - Hero Arts
You’re My Universe – Hero Arts
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You're My Universe die - Hero Arts
You’re My Universe die – Hero Arts
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Juniper Mist Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Juniper Mist Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Juniper Mist Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Juniper Mist Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Juniper Mist Bundle - Cathering Pooler Designs
Juniper Mist Bundle – Cathering Pooler Designs
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Suede Shoes - Catherine Pooler Designs
Suede Shoes – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Suede Shoes reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Suede Shoes reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Suede Shoes Bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Suede Shoes Bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Stone Blue Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Stone Blue Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Stone Blue Reinker- Catherine Pooler Designs
Stone Blue Reinker- Catherine Pooler Designs
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Tiara Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Tiara Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Tiara Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Tiara Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Tiara Bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Tiara Bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Mandarin Spice ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Mandarin Spice ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Mandarin Spice Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Mandarin Spice Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Mandarin Spice Ink bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Mandarin Spice Ink bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Sangria Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Sangria Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Sangria Reinker - Catherine pooler Designs
Sangria Reinker – Catherine pooler Designs
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Sangria Ink Bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Sangria Ink Bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Queen for a Day Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Queen for a Day Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Queen for a Day Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Queen for a Day Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Queen for a Day Ink Bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Queen for a Day Ink Bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Midnight Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Midnight Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Midnight Mini Ink Cube - Catherine Pooler Designs
Midnight Mini Ink Cube – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Midnight Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Midnight Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink refill
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink refill
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad & refill
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad & refill
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Metalz Seth Apter Trio - WOW!
Metalz Seth Apter Trio – WOW!
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Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops - Tonic Studios
Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops – Tonic Studios
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Original MISTI 2.0 - My Sweet Petunia
Original MISTI 2.0 – My Sweet Petunia
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2-3/4″ Round arcylic block – Catherine Pooler Designs
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3-1/4 x 4-1/4″ rectangle acrylic block – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Gina K Designs – Connect Glue
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Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4″ white
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WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
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WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (US version)
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Teflon Bone Folder - Lawn Fawn
Teflon Bone Folder – Lawn Fawn
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Tim Holtz 8.5 Inches Comfort Trimmer - Tonic Studios
Tim Holtz 8.5 Inches Comfort Trimmer – Tonic Studios
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Trim and Score Board – We R Memory Keepers
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This post was produced as part of my design team work for WOW! Embossing Powders have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from WOW! Embossing Powder to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of and with products that I love.   The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert. 

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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.

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