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).
Dawn used solid images for her cards, I decided to use a lined image instead. For this card I used Distress Oxide Peeled Paint and Broken China. What I found was that the ink would bead up after a while, with other cards I tried to create I first stamped my gel press plate with VersaMark Ink then added the colored inks. This helped to transfer more ink onto the plate.
As you can see, the first card (featured image) is just stamped images with a lot of white space. Because you brayered your colors together on the plate your images have random colors. The second card pulls all the leftover color from the gel press and has white lines where the ink was pulled from the plate for the first card.
Once I had my inked cardstock panels I cut them down with a stitched rectangle. I then matted them with a thin sea glass cardstock. They were then adhered to a side folding cardbase.
I wanted to keep the sentiment simple and stamped it on black cardstock, heat embossed it white, and cut it into a strip and adhered it to the lower right of the card with foam tape. A few moonshine sequins were scattered around the sentiment and the cards were done.
- Waffle Flower Blossom
- Concord & 9th Hello Lovely
- Distress Oxide Inks Peeled Paint and Broken China
- Copic Markers: RV66, RV63, G00
- 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
- Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
- Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
- Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine Sequins