technique | layering ink on glossy cardstock

Are you ready to get inky? I hope so!

Today I’m sharing my favorite thing to do with glossy cardstock. I’m addicted to playing with color combinations and different looks.

I’ve created a video to really show the “how-to” for this:

[link to youtube]

I ended up messing up my background with some yucky embossing that didn’t work (oh well) so I made another tag the exact same way, and then added some die cut flowers, a stamped and cut out butterfly, trim, and a few other bits to complete my tag.

This could easily be a much brighter look, the key is playing with color combinations that you like, and that give you a cool look too. I edged mine at the very end with some gold paint (and that is a black floral stamp done with archival ink that you see).

Supplies used:

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26 thoughts on “technique | layering ink on glossy cardstock”

  1. Wow! Love this! It looks so old and shabby. I love how the archival layers fade through the distress…and the gold edging on the tag makes everything come together. Fabulous!

  2. this makes a great background! I really like those dots of color – I don’t have any Dylusions, so will have to try some other sprays I have and see how they work. And it’s so refreshing to know that I’m not the only one who sometimes messes up a piece… but it’s only ink and paper right?!

  3. I love playing with techniques on glossy cardstock and now I have another one to try thanks to you!

  4. Wow! I love this tag today! gives me a reason to want to get my hands all inked up! cant wait to try it!

  5. I just got some glossy paper yesterday so thanks for a great tip on how to make a cool project!! I need to learn how to use it!!!

  6. I love learning techniques like this. I have always steered from anything that has a slick surface because of not knowing what would work.
    I must try this. Thanks for posting it.

  7. What a cool technique. I will have to see if it works on glossy photo paper. Thanks for sharing May.

  8. I tried this Memento brand dye ink and it worked great. The mist spots left the stamped image spotty, which I really loved, but the image itself did not run (even though I accidently squirted a big blob of mist on the image). What a cool technique.

  9. I LOVE this-it may be my favorite thing (except of course for the Halloween curio) ever. I don’t have all the stuff you used-but I have enough similar items to give this a try.It’s fabulous!

  10. wow love the vintage feel of the tag, great demostration and can’t wait to test this myself ! Thanks for sharing of new technique.

  11. Thanx so much for the video! I have a TON of glossy cardstock sitting around from years back when it was ‘the thing’ to stamp upon. Always looking for ways to use my old supplies. TFS 🙂

  12. Hi May! I love this technique! I was intrigued and then when you popped in with the Dylusions Inks-WOW!!!! That’s when you HAD me! LOVE IT!

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