Irresistible Inking Techniques

Altenew Online Workshop: Irresistible Inking Techniques

I finished my last level one class — irresistible inking techniques!

Did you know that I am taking classes as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program? My favorite thing about the program is that the classes encourage you to try so many different things. Such a fun way to try new techniques and to remind myself of old techniques that I love.

Today I finished my project for the Irresistible Inking Techniques workshop. The focus of the class is finding ways to give your ink pads new life by thinking outside the box. I was inspired to break out my ink pads and create a fun silhouette card!


Originally I had planned to use an acrylic block to create my background; however, when I looked through my stash I found that I did not have the right sized block. I thought outside the box and grabbed my stamping foam.

Since I was using stamping foam, I had the added ability to create an impression. I heated up the stamping foam with my heat tool and then pressed it into the back side of the tree stamp from the Altenew Festive Silhouettes stamps. I knew this would create a negative space where I could stamp my tree.

Next, I rubbed light blue ink all over my stamping foam, being careful not to ink the impression area. I spritzed my foam lightly with water and pressed it down on an A2 sized card panel. I was able to achieve a beautiful blue background with distressing that almost looks like snow. A very similar effect could be achieved with an acrylic block.

I stamped the tree stamp into the impression space using some dark green ink. To create a textured look, I dabbed the ink pad here and there on the stamp and misted it lightly with water before stamping. So fun!

For my sentiment, I masked the bottom portion with post-it tape. I used black pigment ink to stamp the sentiment and then I heat embossed the sentiment using clear embossing powder.

Next I cut down my card panel to 3.75″ x 5.” I also added some small foil snowflakes. I popped the entire thing up on kraft cardstock to achieve a vintage Christmas vibe!


The amount of water you spray on your stamps will change the look of your distressing. Play around with your stamps beforehand so you get a good idea of how much water you want to use when you are creating your card.


Want to see how I made this card? Check out my YouTube short and learn how!


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