I did decide to work in reverse, as I am missing the Queen of Hearts. So beginning with the Ace today.
If you read my post from yesterday about Visible Image you will know that I was quite taken with a technique from the video on the site that involves pressing a stamp pad on to card to give a misty background. I can remember YEARS ago seeing the use of a single impression to create a sort of shadow stamp effect, but this was more of a seemingly random pressing, this way and that, to create a pattern. I wanted to extend that further, covering the entire paper in a variety of impressions. I used Distress Ink because I like the square.
It’s pretty self-explanatory but I did step-by-step photos anyway, cause some people like to see the process in detail. For this one I used blues and greens.
The newest ink pads, Mowed Lawn and Salty Sea, gave quite dark, ink impressions. The older drier pads gave a much more subtle effect. The really dark blue is Salty Sea, the much lighter one Tumbled Glass,
Basically just press, move, repeat. I wasn’t aiming to an actual PATTERN, just good overall coverage. See how dark the Mowed Lawn is? Almost full cover, where the dried pads have a greater concentration of ink around the edges, paler to non-existent in the middle.
You can stop at any point you like the look. I added some bright yellow Mustard Seed for a real PUNCH.
I love how it looks with the addition of some orange circles using a template.
I also love the addition of a text stamp over it. I did this one is shades of yellow with green text and also a red-inked numbers strip, from that Visible Image set. Made that into a card.
I think the coverage is good, and it would make a fabby AJ background too!
Finally, now, getting to the Ace. I also used my home-made foam stamps to add some bigger, more solid circles:
Give it a go. I did, with some old nearly dry SU ink spots and some Adirondack pads. I think it’s more likely that dye ink will work best for this, as pigment or chalk pads are probably just too wet. Have fun – I did LOL!