Thursday, April 30, 2015

Inksheet Resist Tutorial

Hi friends! We just came home from a traditional spring celebration, with a bonfire. Anton loved it. I have another Sizzix tutorial to share today, using the fun Inksheets.

I am continuing to have fun with the new Sizzix Inksheets (also check out this and this tutorial). With the Inksheets, you can turn any wafer thin die into a stamp. So cool. I love resist techniques and was thinking that the white Inksheets would work great for a resist. One of my favourite dies to use with the Inksheets are word dies, since you get these cool outline words, and even better in resist. I made an art journal page in my Small Creative Journal, but you can do this technique on any type of background. 

Cut a piece of watercolour large enough for your project, and not too big for your die cut machine. Since I used the White Inksheets, you don't see the actual sheet on this photo, but it is in between the die and the paper. I used the Handwritten Journey dies by Tim Holtz.  Use this sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Inksheets Transfer Pad, paper, Inksheet with the glossy side facing up, die facing down, Cutting Pad. I did one word at a time, to make sure they didn't shift.

Continue with a second white Inksheet, until you have covered the whole paper with words.

Here you can see the paper, and the Inksheets that I used. 

Smear Distress Ink on your craft sheet. I used Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire. Mist with water. I didn't mist the ink quite as much as I usually do since I wanted the colours to be saturated.

Press the paper into the ink, to achieve this stunning resist effect.

When the ink is dry, stamp here and there with an alphabet background stamp and Mermaid Lagoon ink, just for some more texture.

Ink the edges with Black Soot and splatter some white paint on the background. Now it almost looked like a starry sky.

Die cut the Globe from mixed media cardstock. I placed wax paper in between the die and the paper, which helps you get a perfect result with detailed dies. For these types of die cuts, with lots of little pieces, the new Sizzix Die Brush and Foam Pad work great. Just place the die cut on the pad and brush over it. 

Apply embossing ink on the lines with a VersaMarker and emboss with Cement powder. Do one section at a time.

Ink the continents with Cracked Pistachio and Spiced Marmalade. Because of the wax paper, the inking got a lovely textured look. Some of the wax had rubbed off on the paper when I die cut it, and resisted the ink.

Stamp with Correspondence stamps, using Mermaid Lagoon and Jet Black ink.

Trace the globe on vellum and cut out. 

I also made a border with one of the Shape Strips dies, using the same technique as for the background. The stars were die cut from a leftover paper where I had tried the technique out. 

I was really happy with my background and the resist technique worked very well. You can also try it with other types of wafer thin dies, and I think the silver Inksheet will look great too.

I didn't use the whole globe, but cut off a little on the one side. The vellum helped separate the globe from the background, but still keep a feeling of the oceans being blue. This page is about missing people and places that are far away, but also being happy that you have them in your life and that you had the experience. I used a photo of my son walking out from his old school for the last time, to illustrate the theme.

The combination of rough cement embossing and textured inked continents work nicely together on the globe. Try the same technique with any colour embossing powder.

Another close up of the globe. You can spot a word through the vellum.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you for visiting my blog!

Happy Crafting! 




  1. I have never heard of these sheets Anna-Karin so this was a great tutorial for me. This sounds really interesting!! Love what you created too...really, really cute.

  2. Those sound like fun to play with. What a wonderful layout, too.

  3. Beautiful job as always Anna-Katin. Love the at you used the ink sheets!

  4. WOW! Anna-Karin are an incredible source of inspiration, your tutorials are amazing and I thank you for sharing these amazing techniques.
    This job is extraordinary, full of unique details and I watched it inch by inch, in short, I ate it with the eyes!

  5. just have a way with all things Tim and colors and design. :) This is just awesome! <3 Candy

  6. How fabulous! Love the photo included. Just spotted this on Pinterest and came to see the whole reveal.

  7. Anna-Karin, your works are AWESOME! I love your style! This page is gorgeous!

  8. A great tutorial Anna-Karin, love the results you got with the ink sheets, really must try to track some down now! Your work is always so inspiring.. Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Love the way you are using these new products. Wonderful page, beautiful colors!

  10. This is amazing Anna-Karin! Thanks for sharing all the details. Fascinating techniques!

  11. What a cool technique and what a beautiful effect. I hadn't heard about the Inksheets, so I'm off to have a look what it's all about! Fabulous project.
    Alison xx

  12. That is so cool ... I am going to have to look for ink sheets. I love that you can turn it into a stamp. Way cool... I always love your techniques.


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