Today I have made a bunch of cards using Direct to Paper technique on the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper. I saw this elsewhere and thought I should give it a go. This technique involves placing your ink pad face down straight on your cardstock. For the product list, I’m just providing the basics as I’ve got a few cards to share this evening, If you would like any further details, please leave me a comment. The DSP is a Sale-A-Bration item. Don’t forget it ends 31st March – tomorrow.

The first 3 cards I coloured in with Stampin’ Blends. Now I know you can’t currently order these due to high demand however, some of you already have them and they should be back in stock late May. The Blends are alcohol based markers and our ink pads (the majority) are water based. This was important for this technique to work.

Colour in the DSP in Blends and heat set it with the heat gun on setting 1 just to make sure there are no wet patches. Then stamp directly with the ink pad (in this case Bermuda Bay) over the coloured DSP ensuring entire piece is covered. This is what it looks like – a bit of a mess.

Now take a tissue and sweep across the entire sheet and the magic begins to happen. Do this several times across, horizontally and vertically. Use another tissue if you need to. The colour won’t be as strong and the Blends colouring will come through. This happens because the alcohol markers resist the water based ink. 

Pretty cool huh?

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The background for this card has been stamped with Cajun Craze. 

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This card has a background of black and I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad as it’s water based. The sentiment dies are a Sale-A-Bration item as well. 

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On the next 2 cards there was no colouring involved but the Direct to Paper inking technique was used. This background is Marina Mist. I love this shade of blue.

The background on this card is Sweet Sugarplum. This is my favourite of the retiring colours this year. I stamped the lady in Archival Grey and with a Blender pen and Sweet Sugarplum reinker, coloured her in. 

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Don’t miss out on this beautiful paper!