Inking Techniques to Make Multiple Artist Trading Cards

By LV Handcrafted

Hello friends! This is Linh (or LV Handcrafted on all the socials). In today’s video I’m showing two techniques for creating background panels that you can either cut down or die cut from!  One technique features the ever-so-popular ink “smooshing” and the other features creating monoprinting with a gel plate!  These techniques are fast and easy to make multiples of if you ever need to make the same card en mass. I made a set of 6 Artist Trading Cards (ATC) using one panel for the background and the monoprint for die-cutting.

Skill: Advance

Time: 45 minutes

Supplies Used

Other Products Used

Let’s Play With Inks, Sprays, Embossing Folders, and Gel Plate

By Nancy May

•When I lose my mojo it helps to  just play and experiment with no particular direction or intent; simply allowing the process to guide me. That is where I am at today, so lets play with a bunch of different inks, sprays, embossing folders and a gel plate.  Again, our focus is on exploration and discovery versus a completed project. Come back next time to see how some of the backgrounds become finished projects.


Skill: Beginner, Intermediate

Time: undetermined


Art Supplies


VersaFine Clair Ink Pads

– Morning Mist

– Cheerful

– Verdant

– Summertime

– Warm Breeze

– Charming Pink

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays

– Pear Tart

– London Fog

– Bamboo Leaves

– Cottage Ivy

– Dandelion

VersaMagic Dew Drops

– Night Sky

– Ocean Depth

– Turquoise Green


Park Lane – 5×7 Embossing Folder Brush Dots

Stampin’ Up – Embossing Folder Tin Tile

Spellbinders – 3D Embossing Folder Beautiful Blooms

Altenew – 3d Embossing Folder Enchanting Vines

Gelli Arts – 5×7 Gel Plate

Speedball Brayer, 6”

Let’s Make a Beautiful Wedding Card

By Kathi Rerek

Greetings! It’s Kathi here to show you how to create a wedding card using trending wedding colors of dusky rose, pink, rose gold, and gold.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Time: 1.5 hours


Step 1:

Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the wedding cake from the Dreams Come True Cling Stamp Set onto a 4” x 5.25” panel of white cardstock and onto repositionable label paper.

Step 2:

Use small scissors to fussy-cut the label paper version and place it atop its counterpart on the image panel as a mask.

Step 3:

Place a ruler horizontally over the base of the image.

With an ink sweeper, sponge Pixie Dust VersaMagic ink over the ruler and the masked image.

Step 4:

Use a pouncy tool or a stiff paint brush to pounce Rose Gold Delicata Ink.

Step 5:

Move the ruler to cover the top of the image and secure with magnets.

Use an ink sweeper to sponge Pink Petunia VersaMagic ink.

Remove the ruler and let it dry. I heat set to expedite the drying process.

Step 6:

Use a piece of scrap paper to cover the top part of the image panel. Place the Mandala stencil over the base and secure with magnets.

Sponge image with Pink Petunia VersaMagic to create a tone on tone pattern.

Repeat process with Sponge Rose Gold Delicata Ink to add a rosy golden shimmer to the stenciled pattern.

Step 7:

Use Copic markers to color the wedding cake. Add shading and fine details with colored pencils. Use chalk pencil to add shading below the wedding cake.

Step 8:

Position one of the plain rectangle dies from the Passe Partout Rectangles Die Set cutting side down on the image panel. Use repositionable Scotch Tape to secure it in place, then die cut the panel.

Step 9:

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 6.5”. Position the scalloped rectangle and the plain rectangle dies from the Passe-Partout Die Set on the panel, secure with repositionable Scotch Tape, and run the panel through the die-cut machine.

Step 10:

Use a sponge dauber to sponge Gold Dazzle Delicata Ink around the edges of the scalloped panel. Heat set.

Step 11:

Use a sponge dauber to sponge Rose Gold Delicata Ink around the edges of the plain panel. Heat set.

Step 12:

Position the stitched rectangle die from the Passe Partout Die Set onto the gold-sponged scalloped rectangle panel, secure it in place with repositionable Scotch Tape, and run the panel through the die-cut machine. The die will cut a rectangle from the center of the gold-sponged scalloped panel, leaving a stitched border framing the aperture.

Step 13:

Use a sponge dauber to add Rose Gold Delicata to the periphery of the die-cut. Heat set.

Step 14:

Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the gold scalloped die-cut onto the rose gold plain rectangle panel.

Use the tape to adhere rose gold die-cut to the aperture of the gold scalloped die-cut then adhere the matted image panel as the top layer.

Step 15:

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 8.75” x 6.125”. Score at 4.375” and fold to form an A6 card.

Place a piece of scrap paper into the center of the card. Use a sponge dauber to apply Pixie Dust VersaMagic ink to the periphery of the white card. Heat set.

Adhere the matted image panel to the front of the card.

Art Supplies:

Imagine Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers
  • Dreams Come True High Definition Cling Stamps by Stamperia
  • Mandala Stencil by the Crafters Workshop
  • Essentials Card Paste Partout Rectangle Die Set by Studio Light
  • Copic Markers – E11, E2, R21, R30, RV42, RV91, RV93, G43, G46, B60, C00, C0, C1
  • Elfenbein Ivory, Cold Grey I, II, III Polychromos Pencils by Faber Castle
  • Lavender Pastel Pencil by Derwent
  • Repositionable Label Paper by Avery
  • Repositionable Scotch Tape by 3M
  • STAY-tion by Ranger Ink
  • Big Shot by Sizzix
  • Stamping Platform by Tonic Studios
  • Heat Gun by EK Success

Beautiful Watercolor Poppy Cards Using VersaColor Reinkers

By Nancy May

Hey y’all. I so enjoy to watercolor and I love that you don’t have to have fancy watercolors to create something special.  Today we’ll use VersaColor reinkers in the colors Cardinal and Canary to paint the poppies in a gorgeous reb rubber cling background stamp from My Favorite Things. I’ll also use a VersaColor inkpad in the color Turquoise for the background and to mix with Canary to create greens for the project. 


Skill: Beginner, Intermediate

Time: 30 -60 minutes

Art Supplies


• VersaFine Clair Ink Pad – Nocture

• VersaColor Reinker – Cardinal

• VersaColor Reinker – Canary

• VersaColor Ink Pad – Turquoise

• Tear It! Tape

• On-Point Glue

Other Products:

• My Favorite Things – Rubber Cling Background Stamp – Poppies BG103

• PinkFresh Studio – Slimline Dies – Ornate Banner Set

• This Calls For Confetti – Confetti – Iridescent Clean

• The Stamp Market – Clear stamps and coordinating dies – Gorgeous Greetings

Let’s Get Inky! Mother’s Day Card Featuring Different Inking Techniques

By LV Handcrafted

Skill: Advance

Time: 25 minutes

Hello friends! This is Linh (or LV Handcrafted on all the socials). Do you feel like doing something a little abstract?  Try these techniques out for creating some fun backgrounds you can use as panels or die cut out of like I’ve done here.  In my video, I’ll show you 3 techniques for using Imagine inks to turn plain ol’ white cardstock into beautiful, abstract papers. All the techniques are super easy but I’ll list them below in order of what I think is simplest to the most elaborate.

Technique #1 – Swipe your Memento Dew Drop ink pad directly onto your white cardstock. you can create a solid block of color or use a lighter touch to create a more stripy, imperfect effect. Instantly, you’ll have a panel of color cardstock! The benefit to making your own cardstock this way is if you use that ink pad to stamp with, you now have paper that perfectly coordinates with it. 

[Note: I used this technique for the flowers — stems and flower blooms]

Technique #2 – Smear some ink onto a piece of acetate or clear plastic packaging. Spritz with water — more water will dilute the color more, less water will keep the colors strong and vibrant. Smoosh the watered down ink onto a white cardstock panel. Repeat with a single or multiple colors until you have the desired effect.  Tip – if you are using plain cardstock and not watercolor paper, the more water you use, the more your paper will warp.  Try less water or put your panel under a stack of books to flatten it out. 

[Note: I used this technique for the inner heart die cut behind the bouquet of flowers.]

Technique #3 – Start with Technique #1 to lay down a solid block of color. Then, using a Brilliance Dew Drop in Pearlescent finish, make random swipes, swirls, streaks, etc. across your panel.  Brilliance ink is a pigment ink, so it will take a little bit of time to dry, but you can also take a heat gun to the panel or cover with clear Mboss powder and melt it for a lovely shine.  The result is a panel that has some lovely streaks of pearlescent shine.

[Note: I used this technique on the flower blooms to give them an abstract look. I also die cut the word “Mom” and the heart from this panel too.]

Supplies Used


Other Products :

Let’s Make a Quick and Easy Love Card

By Kathi Rerek

Greetings! Its Kathi here to show you how to create an elegant CAS Love card using two colors of Delicata Shimmer ink, a stencil, and two stamps!

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes

Step 1:

Cut a piece of Mixed Media paper to 5.75” square. Use an Ink Sweeper to apply Pink Delicata Ink to the entire paper panel. I heat set to expedite drying process but you can let it dry naturally.

Step 2:

Tape the inked paper panel to the back of the Floral Wreath stencil. Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Golden Glitz Delicata Ink over the stencil onto the ink panel. 

Remove the stencil and heat set to dry.

Step 3:

Use Golden Glitz Delicata Ink and a stamping platform to stamp the heart and love within the stenciled Floral Wreath on the image panel. Heat set to dry.

Step 4:

Use a Sponge Dauber to roughly edge the image panel with Golden Glitz Delicata Ink. . Heat set to dry.

Step 5:

Cut a piece of 12” x 12” white cardstock in half. Score at 6” to form a 6” square card.

Place a piece of scrap paper inside the card. 

Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Golden Glitz Delicata to the periphery of the front.

Heat Set to dry.

Step 6: 

Use Tear It! Tape to adhere to the golden sponged 6” square card.

Art Supplies: 



  • Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore
  • Avalanche Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
  • Floral Wreath Stencil by Joggles
  • Dreams Come True Cling Stamp Set by Stamperia
  • Heat Gun
  • Stamping Platform by Tonic