Altenew: Irresistible Inking Techniques

What makes someone irresistible, is not their looks, but the way they can make your mind tickle, your heart race and your soul smile, all at once.
 Drishti Bablani

Altenew: Floral Frame

The irresistibly of this card is in its simple, graphic design. Easy to create and produce in multiples, if desired, this card really shines when crafting time is in short supply. Using only a limited number of supplies, no masking, and a non-fussy water-coloring technique this card can be recreated in 20 minutes or less!

The background for the focal image is stamped out first using the ubiquitous acrylic block. My block happened to have scalloped curves designed to make the block easy to grip and doesn’t it add a lovely scrolled edge design element! The clean block was inked with Altenew’s Peach Perfect ink, lightly misted with water and then the inked block was stamped on paper. I repeated the ink-spritz-stamp  process to create a more intense and mottled background as well as accent the curved shape of the block.

Background and Flower Detail

After allowing the background to dry I stamped the focal image using Altenew’s Floral Frame  and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Embossing creates little wells in the image that help when water-coloring: keeps colors from bleeding together. Note that because the background ink is die-based it will mix in as you water-color. Depending on the background color, more or less ink may be needed to achieve the desired look. Also, be careful when choosing your pallet of colors so that muddy, brown is not your result. For instance, red on a green background could be trouble.

In any case, ink directly from the cube is squished onto a palette and a separate pool of water is also added for quick dilution of color if needed.  For a pallet most any slick, nonporous surface will do but I like to use a white sheet of cardstock that has been run thru a laminater. Using a white paper core Let’s me see a true representation of the colors I’ve chosen or mixed. At the end of my project I just clean the pallet under running water and reuse for the next project.

The water-coloring was pretty traditional (a little ink, a little water, a fine tip brush) however because of the peach background I used multiple layers of color to overcome the peach tone and conceal the mottled effect underlying the focal image. The last, darkest layers of color were added to refine the edges of the flowers and create dimension. I did use a Copic technique to add shadow on the leaves – “add blue.” Applied to the base of the leaves closest to the flowers, the blue tone blends easily with the green and echos how we see shadows in real life.

The focal image panel was matted with a very narrow black panel and then fun foam applied to the back to raise that panel.  The larger peach mat was quickly created by taking the peach ink cube directly to paper and stamping with a quick random motion – almost looks like marble when done. Add this peach mat to the black card base plus the matted image panel and the card is basically complete.

I did add a sentiment now but because the card is easy to create in multiples you might want to wait to add sentiment until you are going to give the card. I have a Misti so I hardly ever worry about “just in time” stamping!

Focal Image Detail

Stamps: Altenew: Floral Frame, Beautiful Lady (sentiment)
Paper: Neenah Crest: 80lb Solar White, Black
Ink: Altenew: Peach Perfect, Cotton Candy, Crimson, Olive, Moss, Persian Blue, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Toffee, Evergreen, Aqualicious; Tsukineko: Versafine: Onyx Black
Accessories: Misti; Ranger: Aquabrush (fine tip), mister; Clear Embossing Powder; Scalloped edge acrylic block ( 2 3/4 x 3 3/4); homemade pallet
Class Techniques: Background stamped using acrylic block; Watercolor using die/water-based inks
AECP Class: Level 1: Irresistible Inking Techniques


  1. Erum Tasneem

    Lovely card Deb! Beautifully coloured too.
    Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

    • Deb Hurtig

      Thank You!


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