Miss Ink Stamps

Gel Press Techniques with Stencils.

Hello there, Christine here with a card showing one of the backgrounds I made using the Art Deco stencil and a gel press.  The background I made for the card felt almost like the Northern Lights, so I added some images from the Oh Deer stamp set to create a finished scene.

Here is a video showing the entire process and lots of ideas how to use stencils with a gel press- I just had a lot of fun, didn’t think too much and created a lot of backgrounds.


I used a 5×7 gel press with a number of distress oxide inks including: faded jeans, broken china, speckled egg, bundled sage, shaded lilac and rustic wilderness.  I splotched the color directly onto the gel press, used a roller over it to spread out the color, placed the Art Deco stencil on top and then pressed some 110lb Neenah solar white cardstock on top.  

Did you know that you can do embossing with stencils as well?  Once I made one print after removing the stencil, I put the stencil itself (that had color from the gel press on it) onto another piece of cardstock and ran that through my die cutting machine. Just make sure to rinse everything (roller, gel press and stencil) off with some warm water in between each background!

I chose one background for the card that I had created with faded jeans, broken china, speckled egg distress oxide inks and some Couture Creations Glitter Paste. To finish the card, I colored some images Oh Deer stamp set that I had die cut with my Brother CutNScan2 with some simple copic coloring.  The star of the show is definitely the glittery background made with the Art Deco stencil.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Miss Ink Stamps

Masculine Christmas Card


I struggle with making masculine cards and perhaps this might consider this to be so, but the absence of any pinks, reds and the focus on nature, blues, greens & browns, is probably as masculine a card as I am capable of making.  This is probably as CAS as I can get, as I generally prefer to make busy cards.

To make this card:

  1. I die cut a A2 background panel with a rectangle stitched die from Neenah 110 lb Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and then added some flurries with a background die from Concord & 9th called “Swirls” die. This was used to create movement that would make the focal point (deer & trees) even more pronounced.
  2. I decided that I wanted a little snow patch for the deer to stand/lie on, so I used the Scene Builder Stencil and applied some Cosmic Shimmer Paste in “Frosty Sparkle” as shown below.APC_0005
  3. Next I stamped the deer and trees from the Oh Deer stamp set copic-friendly Momento Black Tuxedo ink onto 110 lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and die cut them with my Brother CutnScan 2.  I used the Copics E000, E23 & E31 for the deer and YG61 and YG67 and a white gel pen for the trees.  I also added some sparkle paste with a paint brush to the areas on the tree that indicate some snow.APC_0004
  4. Finally I stamped the sentiment from Season’s Greetings stamp set in copic-friendly Momento Black Tuxedo ink onto 110 lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and die cut it with a simple banner die that many companies have.

Thank you for stopping by!

Trinity Stamps

Sea Shaker Card



Today I am up on the Trinity YouTube channel (link to YouTube Video on the Trinity channel, and the video on my channel) showing how to make a sea shaker card using numerous products from the Trinity Stamps new release.  I was so excited to use the Scenes from the Sea stencil and a lot of my video focuses on the use of the stencil to create the backdrop.

  1. I stamped images from the Turtley Awesome, Ocean Reef builder and Mermaid Wishes stamp set and copic colored them.
  2. I blended a light layer of China blue distress ink on an A2 panel of Bristol Smooth Cardstock with the Trinity blending brushes.  Then I used the stencils to blend several colors of distress ink as shown in the video.  After all the layers were made, I used Glitter Kiss glitter paste to put a layer of glitter on each of the sea plants.  Finally I used some Wow embossing powder at the base of each sea plant and heat set it.
  3. Finally I cut the panel to create both a border and inner backdrop.  I adhered a piece of acetate to the border and then adhered double sided foam adhesive.  I glued the critters and some drops.  Placing sequins on the backdrop, I then adhered the border and closed up the shaker card.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you will try out the stencils- they are a ton of fun!


The Scenes from the Sea stencil:
Mermaid Wishes stamp set:
Turtley Awesome stamp set:
Ocean Reef Builder stamp set: