Monday, March 5, 2018

Old Technique, New Stamps, Fresh Colors

Sometimes, it's fun to mix up old and new, and today's card gives a fresh example of just that. It combines and old, old technique with new stamps and a fresh color combination...with a bit of bling.


That little birdy was inked with VersaMagic aquatic splash and then rock-and-rolled with VersaMagic turquoise gem on the wings and back, and Memento Luxe espresso truffle on the beak.

The the two-step-stamp flower was inked with Impress Fresh Ink persimmon and papaya. The contrast of the aqua bird and orange flower gives this card a bunch of energy and pop.

The rock-and-roll technique is one of my favorites for thick pigment and chalk inks. It's delightful and almost always yields good results, as long as the ink pads are juicy. If you've never rocked and rolled, here are the incredibly complicated, step-by-step instructions.

1. Ink the solid block stamp in a light shade of pigment or chalk ink.
2. Roll a portion of the stamp across a darker pigment or chalk pad. It might take a few rolls to get good coverage.
3. Press the stamp to paper.

That's it! Using small cubes or dew drop ink pads will give you better control, but full-size pads will work, too. If you're not sure, just practice a bit on scraps to see which colors work best together.

What's an old technique you've used lately with new stamps? Please share!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Hero Arts February kit, Happy Days Flowers
ink: Memento Luxe espresso truffle; VersaMagic aquatic splash, turquoise gem; Impress Fresh Ink persimmon, papaya
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: coordinating die, dimensionals, rhinestones, Copics to color the rhinestones 


  1. I've been doing resists using versamark on glossy paper and heat drying before adding more ink.
    This one is my favorite:

  2. What a cool color combo! One old technique that I use a lot is using ink to distress the edges of a card or die cut. It gives nice definition.


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