Sunday, 1 February 2015

Magic Inking

I learnt this week that Versamark ink has a magic property when used with Hero Arts Shadow inks and its a really cool technique so I thought I'd share it with you.   Here's the finished card and below there is a little photo tutorial showing the magic of how it works!

So it may look I did and emboss resist technique, but it isn't!   For this technique you start with the direct to paper technique with any colour of Hero Arts shadow ink and colour your white paper entirely.

For this card I used Ultra Pink all over and then added a little Orange Soda around the edges straight from the ink pad - don't panic about how much ink you are using, these pads are really juicy and last for ages.

I wanted to create a repeat pattern all over my card that had detail but worked just as an outline, so I opted for one of the gorgeous floral groups from Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds set and inked it up well using Versamark ink.  I started deliberately over the edge to give it a feel of a piece cut from a larger piece.

Now this is where the magic starts - don't ask me to explain the science bit, I'm no Sheldon Cooper, but essentially something in the versamark reacts with the coloured ink and after a few seconds your image starts to magically appear from the background!

It is very pale to begin with so can be a bit tricky to see where  you stamped your last image (if you looks closely I did a bit of a mistake and overlapped a tiny bit but I think I got away with it just!)  If you want to be more precise just wait a couple of minutes in between stamping each image as the longer you leave it the brighter it gets.

So by the time you stamp your last image, the first ones are nice and bright, but leave it overnight and it gets much whiter still as you can see how bright it is on the finished card which I photographed after 24 hours.

To finish it off I added a big bold sentiment from Altenew's Super Script set embossed in gold on a strip of vellum.   I felt the whole piece had a bit of an Indian wedding look so thought this worked well as a sentiment and brought out the gold a little further with a few gold sequin highlights.

I do hope you give this technique a try - it is really quite fun to watch your design appear from the background.  Kids would love it.


  • Our February Challenge will go live later this afternoon so make sure you come back and check it out.
  • We now have a store Instagram account.  If you want to see some behind the scenes bits from the store then be sure to follow us   Instagram
  • The parcel that was being investigated by customs cleared last week so Lil' Inker Designs restocks and new releases are now available in store.   Don't forget if you want to find out what's arrived as soon as it gets in, then the best place is our Facebook store as updates go there daily rather than the weekly news here on the blog.  Make the Day Special Stamp Store on Facebook
  • We have received a large box of restocks from Lawn Fawn which have now been checked off so will be in store this afternoon.
  • Neat and Tangled restocks and a small new release will be here this week.
  •  We have the new releases from Wplus9 and Winnie and Walter in transit along with some Mama Elephant restocks.  ETA - early to mid-February customs permitting!


maria f. said...

Oh yay. Another fun technique to try out. TFS.

Deborah Frings said...

That is absolutely fabulous! I love the colours you've used - so bright and bold.

I must give this technique a try and see if it works on other inks too!