For Day 19 of Spring Card Camp 2 Online Card Class Dawn Wolesagle shared monoprint inking and stamping. Dawn used the back of a large fairly solid background acrylic stamp because she did not have a gel plate. She also used Distress Oxide inks rather than acrylic paints, randomly placing the inks on the acrylic stamp back or gel plate and then using a brayer to spread it around evenly. You know have an inky surface that can be used as ink for your stamps. You put your stamp(s) onto an block and press it into the inked plate then stamp it onto your cardstock. You continue to lift the ink from your plate, trying to create a pattern in the ink and stamping a similar pattern on your cardstock. Once you have your background stamped like you want it you take another piece of cardstock and place it over the remaining ink on the plate and have another background. If you want more instructions on how to do this technique search for gel press on YouTube. There is a great video by Shari Carroll of Simon Says Stamp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvA_40aFiM).
This is a technique I wasn’t very good at. I think one of the things to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t use cardstock that has any kind of a coating. You want to make sure your paper will absorb the ink well.
I used pinks and purple for this card. I thought the imprint taken from the pressing the stamp into the gel plate was okay, but I hated the background created from pressing paper into the gel plate to remove the leftover color and threw it away. This line stamping was okay, but it lacked depth and dimension and so I decided to add some additional color with Copic Markers. I only added color at the base of the flower petals and the center of the leaves and liked the final result.
I cut down the stamped image using a scalloped rectangle and matted it with Gina K. Designs Sea Glass Cardstock. Although I used G00 Copic Marker on the leaves and the center of the flowers it really looked like a light turquoise and the Sea Glass Cardstock really help to accent the flowers.
I stamped a simple hello sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it white. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the lower right of the card. The scalloped panel was adhered to a side folding cardbase. A few moonshine sequins were scattered on the card front and the card was done.
- Waffle Flower Blossom
- Concord & 9 Hello Lovely
- Distress Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
- Gina K. Designs Sea Glass and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
- Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
- 3M ½” Foam Tape
- VersaMark Ink
- Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
- My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
- Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
- Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine Sequins