Saturday, April 21, 2018

Stamp Block Inking featuring Budding Thanks - AECP Level 1

This is my next project in the Altenew Educators Certification Program.  It corresponds with Lesson 3 of the Irresistible Inking Techniques Class which focuses on stamp block inking which is a super easy, fun technique that creates a beautiful frame focal point on your cards.  It works wonderfully with one layer cards but today I decided to cut out and create some interest and dimension on my card.
I really wanted to play with the stunning Budding Thanks set that I have had for a while and had yet to open.  I am hooked.  Like all of Altenew's layering flower stamps, these are so fun to stamp.  I started by die cutting the flowers out first and then placing the die cut back into the negative space on my MISTI.  This made it a breeze to line up the stamps and create multiples in no time at all.  All of the colors I used are in the supplies list below.  I am going to keep the negative space for future use which will make it even easier in the future.

I plan on  die cutting a number of these flowers and leaves to take on vacation with inks, stamps and MISTI to create flowers to have on hand for future card needs.  I love fun little projects like this so I can enjoy my hobby on the road without needing bulky machines etc..
I created my 2 background pieces by inking up a 3" x 4" Acrylic block.  The bottom one is Pink Diamond, and top is Dew Drop.  After I had plenty of ink on the block, I spritzed the block twice from about 10" above, flipped the block over onto my paper, and pressed down firmly as though there were a stamp on it.  I gave each piece time to dry and then cut out the rectangle and rounded the top left and bottom right corners for added interest.  I attached the pink piece directly to an A2 card base and then popped the blue piece up with foam tape. 

I die cut the "hello" from Altenew's Floral Arrangement Die set in shiny, gold, mirror paper from Bazzill.  I then created my arrangement and adhered everything down.  I popped up the flowers with foam tape as well and then finished off the card with some droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

I hope you are inspired to try this fun Stamp Block Inking :)  If you make a project inspired by this post please tag it with #perkypennypapers on Instagram and I will be able to see it :)  

Happy Stamping :)

Joanne and Penny

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Supplies List 

  • Altenew Budding Thanks Stamp set 
  • Altenew Budding Thanks Dies (retiring)
  • Altenew Flower Arrangements Stamp set
  • Altenew Flower Arrangements Dies
  • Altenew Crisp Ink in Citrus Burst, Honey Drizzle, Dew Drops, Fresh Lemon, Parrot, Bamboo, Pinkalicious, Pink Diamond
  • 4 x 3 inch Acrylic Block
  • MISTI Stamping Platform
  • Pretty Pink Posh Droplets, 6mm Clear
  • Pretty Pink Posh Droplets, 4 mm Clear
  • Neenah Solar White 110 lb Cardstock
  • Bazzill Specialty Paper, Metallic Gold Foil 5 pk
  • Tonic Comfort 8.5 inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer
  • Tonic Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Altenew Glue Tape Runners
  • Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior
  • Spellbinder's Platinum 6
  • 3M Double Sided Foam Tape 


  1. Your ink-blocked background coordinated so beautifully with your stamped floral images! Love it! This is so lovely, Joanne! The composition and balance are fabulous, too! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!