Ink Layering (Pigment & Dye), Easy Foiling and MISTI Techniques

This card started out as one where I was using a JM technique called ink layering using pigment ink on the bottom and dye ink on top.  After a lot of soul searching, I added an easy way to add foil on to the card as well.

Using a large background stamp, mine was from Stampin’ Up called Linograph and I inked it with Unicorn White Hero Arts  ink over it and laid a piece of white card stock (up to 110 pound) and rubbed it to ensure the ink transfers.  I heat set the ink as it doesn’t dry well without it.  The card stock was 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ to begin with and I cut it down to 5 x 3 3/4″.

The stamps I used were from Hero Arts one called Little Greeting Background, Background 4 and Shadow Stamp 3, and I took them off their wood blocks. I also used a Stampin’ Up set called Perfectly Plaid and took one stamp off of it’s wood backing.

I stamped the different bar stamps using the MISTI to run the short stamps across the length of my card.  I measured the distance I needed for my sentiment and left that distance between the thinner bars and then stamped the thicker bar on the top and bottom so I would know exactly how much space I had left for the boxes.  I stamped the boxes in two different colors and stamped the two sides first, then stamped the center box.  I had stamped the thin bars in Melon Mambo by Stampin’ Up and I had made a glittery embossing powder with Melon Mambo on a previous video, so I attached that video to this one so you know how to make glittery embossing powder, and used the leftover embossing powder for the sentiment on this project.  The sentiment came from Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords.  I made a reverse mask and laid it over the box stamps and rubbed lightly with a baby wipe to reveal the white ink pattern underneath.  I did the same with the rows of stamps and just laid post-it-notes on either side of each row and again, rubbed it lightly with a baby wipe.
I added two more rows of thin stamps and added Deco Foil called Opal and using 1/8″ thick tear tape, attached rows of the foil along the rows I stamped on the card.  I removed the backing to the tear tape and rubbed the opal Deco Foil on it and then removed it.  Make sure you really rub the foil and it sticks well once you do.
I added foam tape to the back of the card front and then added a pink piece that was 5 1/4″ x 4″ and then used snail adhesive to attach it to the white backing that was 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

I bought the stamps from a company called Discount Rubber Stamps at  I only paid $4.95 for mine and picked my sentiment and my font and designed them myself. You’re more than welcome to use my stamp ideas as your own.  I think they are a lot of fun and I’m making another stamp from another company and you’ll see it as soon as it comes in.


One thought on “Ink Layering (Pigment & Dye), Easy Foiling and MISTI Techniques

  1. Thanks so much for including our Deco Foil on your card tutorial! We’re releasing a new Deco Foil Transfer Gel you might want to try too! Works beautifully with stencils and our foils!


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