A Fall Card with a Rolling Ink Water Technique

September was full of challenges, meetings, online training, travel, a car wreck, and sickness. With everything going on, I have missed out on Craft Roulette. When I heard that my sweet friend, Julie the Great, was on the show, I made a point to be home and decided to let the creative juices flow while I watched. When the show was over, I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

This card may look overwhelmingly complicated, but it is just a stack of paper layers that have been decorated using some simple stamping techniques. One of these is the rolling ink technique – also known as rock’n’roll stamping.

In my video tutorial, I share how these layers came together and show you how to create those beautiful leaves with a few inks, a roll of the stamp, and a spritz of water. After you have viewed the video, you can read more about how it came together.

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Each week, Craft Roulette doles out a set of parameters that must be followed. Here is what the wheel chose for all the creators this week. (I love Julie’s face! She already has a few ideas flowing.)

While Julie and Mary created live online, I started pulling out paper scraps from my bin. I grabbed some vintage yellowed Noteworthy paper, some distressed watercolor cardstock, a few leaf stamps, a postage cancelation stamp, a stencil, and some waterbrushes.

For my yellow background, I chose the Noteworthy paper. This paper pack is a really fun one to have in your collection. One side of the paper has an aged look while the other is clean and white.

I knew that I wanted to make a vintage-looking fall card with some of my favorite leaf stamps. One of my favorite stamping techniques to use with leaves is the rolling or rock’n’roll technique.

This involves inking your stamp into one color of ink, then rolling the edges into another.

I decided to take it a step farther by rolling the stamps into a third color and adding a spritz of water before stamping it onto my watercolor cardstock.

The water allowed the inks to blend a little and meld together forming a beautiful variation of color on each of the leaves.

The rest of the card came together using paper scraps and a stamped leaf image. One of the parameters was a postage stamp, which I didn’t have, so I ended up using a postage cancellation stamp on the leaf. It reminded me of some of those aged, retro stickers you find in the craft stores.

I am so glad that I was able to watch my friends create and join the fun. I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and give this technique a try. If you have any questions about this project, feel free to post them in the comments below.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Come Create Fall Cards with Me

I have quite a few events planned for October and one of those is my Coffee & Cards workshop. This class is designed to teach you some new techniques including how to create multi-colored leaves using the Textured Leaf stamp set.  I will be offering this class locally and virtually for anyone who wishes to learn how to create these cards. 

You will have multiple kit options available to you this month. If you are taking the local Coffee & Cards class, everything is provided for you including a yummy drink.  If you are taking the online class, you will need to chose which kit you want to pick-up or have mailed to you. You will need to own the Textured Leaf stamp set which is shipped to you free when you order it with your kit. 


Card Kit Options

Online class includes  guide to show you how to create more cards
Leaf die cuts are included in the pre-cut kit but they are not stamped

  • Pre-Cut Kit – $15 ($20 mailed in the US)
  • Pre-Cut Kit with stamped words – $20 ($25 mailed in the US)
  • Add the Stamp Set for $20 more (shipped free)
  • Add the Stamp & Thin Cuts for $40 more (shipped free)

The online class will take place in a private Facebook group.  In the group I will post a cutting guide and supply list. This is perfect for those who live outside the US and cannot order a kit. It also allows those who ordered a kit to order supplies and create more cards in the future. 

What is included in my Kit?

  • Bloom with Grace Paper & Cardstock
  • White Daisy Leaf  Die Cuts
  • Rectangle Shaker Foam Frame & Acetate
  • Card Bases & Envelopes
  • Wooden Buttons
  • Gold Embellishing Thread
  • Gold Shaker Sequins
  • Stamped Sentiments (optional)

You will also need a few additional supplies to make your card like adhesive, foam tape, and inks. A complete list will be made available to you.  To register for the local or online class, click on the link below.


I hope that you are able to join me for my next Coffee & Card class.  I can’t wait to share all of these fun paper crafting techniques with you. 

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Stamping Techniques on a Classic Smiles Card

Before August comes to an end, I decided to pull out the stamp of the month one more time to create something simple and classic.  I have seen these Floral Celebration images used in every bright colors possible, so I decided to go an alternate route and make my flower a muted shade of grey. 

I know that this may seem like an odd choice, but I like to go the opposite direction of the tide.  I wanted my sentiment to stand out in a classic red and decided that a grey was a fitting color choice to pair with the Candy Apple

The sentiment was stamped onto a grey splattered white tag that I cut using the Tags & Tabs thin cuts dies. After stamping the image, I added some baseball stitching to match the candy apple color of the sentiment. 

The tag was layered onto some embossed cardstock with a brick pattern using foam tape and a decorative knot of grey ribbon was adhered to the top.

To create the dual toned flower, I used the rock & roll stamping technique with Pewter and Charcoal inks.  I stamped the leaves in Charcoal then cut out all of the images to layer onto the tag atop some loops of Silver Embellishing Thread

After adhering the flower to the card with thin & thick foam tape, I added a small red accent in the center.  This helped to form the visual triangle of red I needed on this project. 

If you have never tried the rock & roll stamping technique, you can learn about it in my Stamping 101 video. In this video I show you six basic stamping techniques you can try on your next project. 

This video was originally created for my VIP Group in May for National Stamping Day, but I felt like it was time to make it public to share with those of you who are learning how to use acrylic stamps. 

I honestly love how this card turned out with its classic black and red tones and I can’t wait to send it out to one of my customers to thank them for placing an online order. 

This Floral Celebrations stamp set will be retiring on August 31st.  It is our current stamp of the month which means that it is only available during the month it is featured and can be purchased for $5.00 with any $50 purchase from my website. 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you plan on creating a few more of your own using the Floral Celebrations stamp set. 

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