Stamping with Black Ink or grey Ink – Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop Jan ’22

Sometimes I forget that we have a big choice to make in crafting, stamping with Black ink or Grey Ink!! It sounds so simple but I think it can make such a big difference to the finished piece, as you can see below (I hope… they look much more different in real life!)

Two handmade cards with birds and flowers showing the difference between stamping with black ink or grey ink

This post is part of the Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop and this month the theme is Sale-A-Bration. We are a friendly bunch of crafters who want to share their passion for all things crafty with you, so do be sure to hop around using the links at the bottom of this post for more ideas and inspiration.

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I started off by stamping all of my images in Memento Black Ink, a water based ink and therefore PERFECT for stamping when you want to colour in using alcohol markers. I simply adore this stamp set with its wonderful floral images and that bird is just too cute. I knew as soon as I saw it in the catalogue that I was going to fall in love with it!

A handmade card with birds and flowers showing the difference between stamping with black ink or grey ink

Once I had coloured all of the images in I set about fussy cutting them… It’s a good job I enjoy fussy cutting, hehe. The background is created firstly using a watercolour wash, in Pale Papaya. I simply spritzed some water onto the Fluid 100 Paper and then used my Water Painter to drop in the colour from the re-inker. I then went in with my blending brushes and a stencil to add a bit more depth and interest.

But once I had made the finished card, I thought the focal images stood out a little bit too much, and it was then that I remembered that I have this amazing choice – stamping with black ink or grey ink, so out came the grey ink and I started all over again. Stampin’ Up! ink is also water based, so any of the classic stamp pads are ideal for colouring this way too.

A handmade card with birds and flowers showing the difference between stamping with black ink or grey ink

Here is the finished card with grey ink. Can you see how much softer it makes those images, and how much more they blend into the background? Which colour ink you go for really does depend on what feel you are going for with your card, but it’s remembering that we can change from black that is the key!

A handmade card with birds and flowers showing the difference between stamping with black ink or grey ink

I wonder which is your favourite, are you Team Black or Team Grey?

If you have the time, please do have a hop around the rest of the team’s posts, I am sure you will find lots of inspiration and ideas for your crafting and cardmaking.

Until next time, Happy Stamping xx

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3 Comments

  1. I love both these cards Heather and i need to use grey ink in more of my card making as I’d assumed you’d coloured them differently.

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