Tuesday, April 26, 2016

think ink!

a little bit of a change-up challenge at shopping our stash this week; we want to see LOTS of ink... but no coloring in! so you can stamp... but as outlines or using solid stamps or as resist; or you can do one of the gazzillion direct-to-paper ink techniques, use stencils, fill a page with handwriting or doodles or... well, you can do anything inky EXCEPT COLOR! don't worry, it's easier than you think and as a public service the SOS ladies have made awesome examples for your inspiration!!! here's what i made:

vintage papers from my stash, torn and glued together somewhat randomly; stencils used on top: quatrefoil by folk art decor; hexagons by teresa collins; various shades of blue and green ranger archival and distress inks applied and blended on top; wood veneer pieces by american crafts... tinted with liquid colorburst in a few shades of blue and green; letter stickers: plastic stars: pink paislee; tapes: freckled fawn, recollections, hambly; outlining pen: faber-castell pitt in size XS; black glossy cardstock: ranger; adhesives: scotch gluestick, 3m foam tape, staples

there are plenty of weeks where me-being-me is a bit of a crafty hindrance, but luckily this wasn't one of them. i love stencils, generally; and i especially love to make the patterns reallllllly blendy with lots of different shades of ink, so that's what i did. one new thing i tried (having seen it on pinterest!) was "dyeing" some nekkid wood veneer shapes with colorburst, which worked really well, actually! i did have to go back and re-outline (with a sharpie) the incised words "right here" on the little banner piece, b/c the color soaked right into the wood and you couldn't read it, but otherwise, it worked perfectly and i know i'll do this again!

need more ideas of how to use ink without coloring? check out the fabulous work of my design team darlings over at shopping our stash! ♥


  1. Gorgeous! Love the torn paper and your nekkid wood dyeing!! Awesome!!

  2. Yes, yes, just absolutely adore this... Bright and inky plus black and old paper? Yes, please. You go, girl.

  3. Awesome collage card again, what great ideas and a lot of schtuff to make it. Love it.

  4. I just love this, Lauren! The colours, the sentiment, the papers....fantabulatastic!

  5. Love it Lauren, wonderful colours and love those stencils! Deb xo

  6. Oh wow, this is fabulous. Love everything about it, especially as it could go male or female.


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