June 11, 2017


While this card was quite fun to make, it was another story entirely when it came to photographing it. Difficult to say the least. Impossible to capture its ethereal beauty. The photo below is the best one I managed to take of the full card.

Recently I had shared a post with you in which the card I created was done with the Floating Reinker Technique.

This time though I decided to come at it from a slightly different angle. Usually when doing this technique, it is done on Shimmery White Cardstock. With Stampin' Up! reintroducing their Glossy Card Stock (page 194 of the new big catalog), I wanted to give that a try.

 To reiterate how to do the Floating Reinker Technique, you need a stamp that has "compartments", such as the poof of hydrangea blossoms I used in this card. Stamp the image in VersaMark ink, spritz with water and use an Aqua Painter to drop reinkers onto the watery surface, allowing the inks to move and blend. 

I used three reinkers, a blue, a turquoise and a soft purple, on the flower portion, and two greens for the stem and leaves.

The glossy cardstock turned out to be something of a disappointment -- at least, in comparison to the Shimmery White Paper. The paper didn't become quite saturated enough with the inks. So, the end result was a bit too pale and unassuming.

 After the inks had dried, I fussy cut the flower and put the card together. In keeping with the softness of the overall composition, I used a bit of vellum with handwriting on it as the basis for the flower.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I actually tied eight different bows from varying ribbons. None were quite right. Finally, I hit upon this softly dotted ribbon that looked beautiful when added to the stem with a Mini Glue Dot.

The photo below shows the detail of the flower a bit better.

Give the Floating Reinker Technique a try with glossy cardstock. I'd like to know what kind of results you get, and if you are satisfied with the look. 



  1. This is beautiful, Linda. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and I might have to give this technique a try!
    Have a great week.

  2. I love everything about this Linda. Hydrangeas are beautiful and the different tones of blue are gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up this week at #overthemoon and sharing your craft ideas. I'm sharing on social media. Have a lovely week and see you next week.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  3. Such a lovely card! My favorite flower; blue hydrangeas!

  4. I love your pictures and this is a beautiful card! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  5. This card is beautiful Linda, as all of your's are! You are a very talented lady. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  6. Stunning Linda, so soft and subtle. You managed to capture the lovely blues and purples of a hydrangea perfectly

  7. I commiserate with you on the difficulties of capturing a photo that does justice to your work. I can tell it the project is lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

  8. Looks beautiful. Added to my Pinterest queue. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandmas House We Go link party.

  9. Such a gorgeous card! I love all the hues you were able to get on the flower, much like a real hydrangea!

  10. I love the embossing effect on your hydrangea, the colors are wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing on #OMHGFF this past week!
    Have a great weekend!