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Ink cubes: Adding colour without stamping

Today I have a couple of cards using ink cubes: adding colour without stamping. This is a great way to get more out of your supplies and you can easily use your ink cubes with your die cuts. These two cards use a gorgeous die from Altenew: Floral heart frame die and how to either use your ink cubes to create colour with your die or to create a colourful background for the die to overlay. I recently took the irresistible inking techniques class over at the Altenew Academy as part of my ACEP level 1. I really enjoyed the glass and decided to use my inks with water into ways to add colour to my card. This class was great a stretching my regular crafting routine with dye inks as I don’t tend to use regular dye inks with water. 

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ink cubes: adding colour without stamping

Colouring your die cuts:

Die cut the floral heart frame die from watercolour card stock. Using a glass mat or any other media mat you have, smoosh down a couple of ink pads onto your surface. I use Ruby Red and Coral Berry from the Red Cosmos mini ink cube collection, and Saphire and Persian blue from the Glacier Caves mini ink cub set. 

Next, spritz these smooshed ink colours with water generously so the colours start to move. Dip your die cut down into the colours, pick up the colours onto your die cut and allowing the colours to blend. You can heat set in between if you want your colours to layer and not blend with one another. 
 
For darker more vibrant colours, heat set and repeat the step once more to intensify the colours. Before you clean up your surface, use a paintbrush to pick up the colours and splatter the ink over a white card panel made out of Neehan Solar White Classic Crest 80lb cardstock and set to one side to dry. 
Once you die cut is dry, adhere these to another die cut out of white card to layer the die and create dimension. Adhere this down onto your dried card panel and secure with Gina K Connect glue. Add a heat embossed the sentiment from the Birthday Builder stamp set and foam mount on to the card from. 
 
Adhere the finished card panel onto a card base made out of Soft Slate Gina K cardstock with fun foam and lastly, add a few colour corresponding sequins to tie in with the coloured die cut. 

Creating an ink block background:

Apply ink to a clear acrylic block to a size of your choice – the best way to do this is to smoosh your ink pad down onto the block. Allow the colours to overlap slightly. Using your water bottle, spritz with water so the ink colours start to move and blend.

Taking a piece of watercolour card, place this over the block, pressing it down into the ink. Apply a little pressure so the colour absorbs into the paper. Alternatively, you could flip to the block over onto your watercolour paper. However, if you have loaded the block with a lot of water, this could run off the block as you tip it over. Set the panel to dry. 

Die-cut 3 of the floral heart frame dies from white card, and layer these up with Gina K Connect glue. Heat emboss another birthday sentiment from the Birthday Building stamp set using platinum embossing powder. Once heat set, fussy cut out the sentiment.
 
Once your ink block background is dry, trim this down leaving a white border. Foam mount this onto a card base made out of Soft Slate Gina K cardstock using fun foam.
 
Adhere the frame die onto the card panel with Gina K connect glue and use Scrapbook adhesive foam pads to add the sentiment. Lastly, adhere a few colour corresponding sequins to the card to finish the card off. 

ink cubes: adding colour without stamping

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Gina K Designs - Connect Glue
Gina K Designs – Connect Glue Shop at: PB
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock Shop at: PB
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam sqaures 1/4
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam sqaures 1/4″ white Shop at: PB | SB
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version) Shop at: CS | WOW (UK)
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing pad
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing pad Shop at: CS | WOW (UK) | WOW (US)
Birthday Builder - Altenew
Birthday Builder – Altenew Shop at: ALT | PB | SB
Soft Stone Heavy Weight Cardstock - Gina K Designs
Soft Stone Heavy Weight Cardstock – Gina K Designs Shop at: PB
Original MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Original MISTI – My Sweet Petunia Shop at: ALT | PB | SB
Metallic Platinum - - WOW! Embossing Powder
Metallic Platinum – – WOW! Embossing Powder Shop at: CS | WOW (UK) | WOW (US)
Metallic Platinum (Large Jar) - WOW! Embossing Powder
Metallic Platinum (Large Jar) – WOW! Embossing Powder Shop at: WOW (UK)
Spring Garden Stencil - Altenew
Spring Garden Stencil – Altenew Shop at: ALT | PB | SB
Tranquil Teal - Gina K designs
Tranquil Teal – Gina K designs Shop at: PB
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (US version)
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (US version) Shop at: WOW (US)
Red Cosmos Mini Ink Cubes - Altenew
Red Cosmos Mini Ink Cubes – Altenew Shop at: ALT | PB | CS
Glacier Caves Mini Ink Cubes - Altenew
Glacier Caves Mini Ink Cubes – Altenew Shop at: ALT | PB | CS
Floral Heart Frame Die - Altenew
Floral Heart Frame Die – Altenew Shop at: ALT | PB | SB | CS
Irresistable Inking Techniques - Altenew
Irresistable Inking Techniques – Altenew
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