Monday 2 February 2015

Magic Ink

I learnt this week on one of the online card classes 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.

As it's anything goes week over at Paper Smooches Sparks - I'm going to link it up to their challenge


  1. That is pretty wow Tara! Vicky x

  2. Simply wow! Stunning and striking cars and thanks for sharing the technique Tara. I'll have to give this one a go.
    Sarah x


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