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Adding Texture and Dimension with Ink Layering and Puff Embossing Powder

by Jessica Frost-Ballas January 29, 2019 17 Comments

Good morning, Jess here with a whale of a Valentine’s card using our beautiful Color Layering Blue Whale stamps!

To start, I stamped the sentiment from Color Layering Blue Whale onto red cardstock with Versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder.  I used the Cherry Hero Hues cardstock that will be available very soon! I also die-cut a heart using the Nesting Heart Infinity Dies with the same cardstock and blended a little red royal ink onto the side of the heart. Then I stamped the solid layer of the blue whale twice with Soft Sky ink on white cardstock. Then I stamped the second layer with Stone Wash ink and the final detail layer with Navy ink.  I die-cut them with the coordinating dies and set them aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Next I blended the same three ink colors onto a piece of colored cardstock.  I used the pretty Periwinkle Hero Hues cardstock that will be available very soon for my background panel. I masked off the sky with washi tape and then blended the ocean. Next I stamped the wave stamp from Color Layering Blue Whale with the same three blue inks to create a little texture and dimension. I also used a craft knife to cut a small slit on the horizon for my breaching whale.Then I stamped the bubble stamp around the slit several times with Versamark and heat-embossed it with white puff embossing powder to create sea spray and bubbles from the breaching whale. The white puff embossing powder is perfect for adding texture to the card! Then I trimmed of my whale’s tail and then tucked him into the slit. I tucked the heart between the breaching whale’s pectoral fins and used a little foam tape behind the whale to keep him popped up from the card base just slightly. If you needed to mail this flat you could easily skip this step. Then I added the trimmed off tail and the second whale to the bottom of my card. I love how that tail makes it seem like you have a third whale in the scene!  Finally I added my sentiment with foam mounting tape to finish the card!

I love using inks, ink blending, and puff embossing powder to create dimension and texture in my cards (it's so effortless!) and I hope this inspires you to give it a try, too! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!





Jessica Frost-Ballas
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17 Responses

Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith

February 05, 2019

Beautiful card! I love the heart and bubbles around the whales!

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

February 03, 2019

What a cute valentines card! Great job with the ocean waves – looks realistic. 😊

Jean Goodrich
Jean Goodrich

February 02, 2019

Love the whales! Unique Valentines Day design.

Joyce Soo Hoo
Joyce Soo Hoo

February 01, 2019

I love whales. Your card is awesome ! I need to get this stamp set. I love your ink blending.

Lagene
Lagene

February 01, 2019

Awesome card, I love the white foam splashes!

Gael Guerard
Gael Guerard

January 30, 2019

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

BrendaLea
BrendaLea

January 30, 2019

Awesome card! I love how the whale is coming out of the water, with the puff embossing powder surrounding him. So awesome!

Mary-Anne V
Mary-Anne V

January 30, 2019

Awesome ocean card.love the puff embossing powder and the using the tail to represent a tail of a 3rd whale.

JL
JL

January 29, 2019

I love this card! The whales, the water and the splash. I am hoping this is part of the next kit or an upcoming one. I’d like to see more animal (not caricaturized) stamps in kits in general.

GabriellaB
GabriellaB

January 29, 2019

Wow, that water is amazing and the whale really looks like it’s popping off the card.
Jess will you do more cards with a animals. You do a great job?

Carolynn
Carolynn

January 29, 2019

The ink blending on the water is FABULOUS- I’d love to know more of your technique to achieve what looks like moving water. Thanks!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

January 29, 2019

What a fun card…love the whale. The puffy embossing powder does give great dimension. Thanks for the inspiration, Jess.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

January 29, 2019

So cute and clever! Love this, thanks for sharing!

Henriétte
Henriétte

January 29, 2019

Such an awesome card Jess and great idea to use the puff embossing powder for the seasplatters. Thank you so much for sharing.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

January 29, 2019

Wow this is super fun and super sweet!!

Debi Walton
Debi Walton

January 29, 2019

Love this foam idea, thanks Jess.
Nice card for the guys in your life or ocean/sea life lover.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

January 29, 2019

Wonderful card with great dimension!