Creative Chemistry 101 – Making Something Of It

The last three weeks participating in the online Creative Chemistry class was well worth the effort. I got to learn and discover a great deal from the products I use. I thought I already had a pretty good understanding of what I use, based on previous trail and error, but this class delved even deeper  to explain some of the chemistry behind the products. In this post I want to take you through some of my processes as I go about making a card, or four.


I loved the Day Four reinker sprays we make for one of the techniques, so I wanted to start my backgrounds using some sprays I made up. I started out with a full sized manilla folder cut into A4 sized sheets, and started spraying. This was the results of the first round of inky play.


I started with this one first, spraying the background with three colours and then stenciling over the top with the same sprays. I just love the look of this and I found working on a larger piece of cardstock less resticting than a precut tag.

This piece came about somewhat differently. This time I wanted to mop up all the sprayed ink off of my craft sheet after doing the first piece. Before I dipped the cardstock into the puddles I added an extra colour direct from my stamp pad onto the craft sheet. So it was a hybrib of sorts, of a wrinkle free distress technique. Any bare patches where over sprayed with my made up sprays.  When it was dry I misted the spray through a stencil, but this time instead of letting it dry, I lift the colour off by pressing a dry paper towel into the wet ink.


Before I move onto the cards I made, I thought I’d show you this. What is it, I hear you ask? Something I found curious during the course of the class, was a lot of questions directed at Tim about what the back of his tags looked like. So for those people, uber curious about these things, I thought it’d be fun and revealing to show what was on the back of my cardstock after messing about with inks. All my tags look a lot like this on the back too. It never occured to me to be clean and tidy when working with inks. Where’s the fun in that? Please tell me that I’m not the only one who thinks the messy backs look kinda cool too.


And this is what my cards eventually ended up looking like. I cut one of the sheets ( the left one)  into four for the card fronts. I stamped the silhouette stamp and heat embossed with white powder. Added some sponging and water flicks, before adding the final stamping of the words and flourish.


I just love all the layers and textural interest of the background. And you want to know something really cool about this. It hardly took any time at all to do. I had all four card fronts done in about an hour and  half, while doing some housework chores. Seriously.


This is a style of inky, stampy goodness that I love most. I must do more of it. LOVE! And a little note about my stamp. One of my most favourite stamp sets ever is the Donna Downey Insightful Meadow set by Unity. I bought the extra large version of this set recently and was glad to finally put it to good use during this class. These stamps are now delightfully stained and have earned their keep in my stamp room. And what did I do with the other piece of inked up cardstock? I cut it up with various die cutters, so no doubt you’ll see them making an appearance on something soon.

Until next week, happy inking everyone!


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10 thoughts on “Creative Chemistry 101 – Making Something Of It

  1. annaelycm

    Lovely colors!! and i love the little white flowers! Thanks for sharing!

  2. oh I truly love this, just awesome. hugs

  3. Your work is beautiful, front and back!

  4. Beautiful! And yes, mine look like that on the back too =D

  5. Absolutely beautiful! And yes, mine tags and cards look like that on the back too =D

  6. Beautiful colors!!! I love the effects and layers!!! Have a great weekend!!! ~Sophia

  7. Gorgeous!

  8. LOVE these cards!!! Creating backgrounds from ink has to be my all time favorite thing to do…yours are GORGEOUS !!! I just wish I could make it a full-time job out of it LOL

  9. Just stunning! I love the ink colours and that stamp is a real beauty. I found you via Pinterest and love getting untidily inky too!

  10. Jane

    Absolutely beautiful. I too love this style of art, and sometimes even prefer how the back of my work has turned out.

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