Bright Vintage Card with Inktense Blocks – Oct 2014

Today I’m sharing a Bright Vintage card using Inktense Blocks. I’ve had this set of stamps for a long time and had a very specific project in mind when I bought them, since I made that however they’ve just sat there not being used. I thought it might be fun to put a bright and modern twist on the vintage look of these stamps.



For this project I have used – Derwent Inktense Blocks, Tim Holtz Papillion Stamps, Ranger Perfect Medium Pad, Glossy Accents & Heat Tool, Staz On Ink Pad in Black, WOW Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder, Sarah Hurley Acrylic Stamping Block (Extra Large), Heat Resistant Acetate and Gold Glitter Tape.

I started by stamping the background stamp with a black Staz On inkpad (this is a permanent solvent based ink pad so won’t run when I add water later with the blocks).



I heat set that with the heat tool to ensure it was dry. Then I used a perfect medium pad to stamp the row of butterflies over the top, embossing them with WOW embossing ultra fine clear embossing powder. This creates a resist for when I add the colour using the Inktense blocks!



Now is the fun part! I sprayed the card with water and started adding some random blobs of colour using Inktense blocks. I then smudged the pigment slightly with my finger to combine the colours and dried with a heat tool, while also spraying with more water to make sure the colours blended well. Before the colours were completely dry I took an old cloth and rubbed any colour off of the embossed butterflies so they showed through.



Leaving that to one side to dry completely, I then stamped the butterflies again onto acetate using the Staz on inkpad (it stamps onto any surface!) and cut each one out individually. I used glossy accents in the centre of each one to attach them to the card, leaving the wings to fly free (I bent them slightly so they look as if they are flying off the card!).



As a finishing touch I added a bit of extra stamping to the bottom corner – again using the Staz on ink pad and one of the other text stamps in the set and a strip of gold glitter tape to highlight the bright colours. I hope you like the finished creation!

Have a go at making your own colourful backgrounds with Inktense Blocks! If you’d like to share your projects over on the Derwent Facebook page we’d love to see them. I’ll be back soon with another project.
Sarah x