July 23, 2017


 The Floating Reinkers Technique requires stamps with wide open spaces, like those in the set I used:

Looking through the new Stampin' Up! catalog, there are many many sets that include stamps that would work wonderfully for this technique. 

These include the Soft Sayings Card Kit on page 11 (I am holding a class with this kit on August 16!), the trellis-like stamp in Hello Friend (page 17), the orchid components in Climbing Orchid (page 21), the large stamp in Flourishing Phrases on page 24, the line drawing stamps in Flirty Flowers, page 25, three of the flowers in Flower Shop (page 28), the lovely roses and leaves from Graceful Garden on page 57, as well as the flowers from Birthday Blooms (page 70), the flowers and leaves in Birthday Blossoms on page 80, even the tree stumps of Always & Forever, page 89, the GORjus flower from You've Got This on page 101, the Vintage Leaves on page 125 would be lovely, as would the images from Basket of Wishes on the same page, the flora shapes from Remarkable You (page 142), the leaves and flowers from Rose Wonder on page 162, as well as the pretty roses in Floral Statements on the next page. You could even have a lot of fun with the logs in Tree Rings, found on page 164! 

I, of course, used the very appealing set, Falling Flowers, on page 143, for my card. I LOVE this set!!

Another crucial component you need in order to do this technique is Shimmery White Cardstock, which can be found on page 194. Even though this paper is a little more pricey, at 80 cents per sheet, you find yourself being a bit more careful when cutting just the size piece you need for your creation. With caution, your 10-sheet pack can last a long time!

With this technique, if any of the color extends beyond the stamped and embossed edges, simply fussy cut it, or, in this case, use the coordinating die to cut it out, and use it that way! (Even though I do have the dies for this set, I did fussy cut my flowers.)

You can see in a few places where the color on my card did not always stay where it belonged. Hey, that doesn't bother me in the least. If I hadn't pointed it out to you, you probably would not have even noticed it.

Another product that is essential to do this technique properly would be reinkers. As you can see, I've used an assortment of blues, greens and oranges for my creation. Put a drop or two of each reinker in the spaces of a plastic paint palette and pick it up with an Aqua Painter.

Once your images are stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in white, spritz the design with water, and drop those reinkers within the lines -- and watch the magic occur!

One word of admonition, when doing the Floating Reinker Technique, is to be very careful that you aren't letting any ink stay in one place too long. It becomes concentrated and leaves an unsightly darker blotch of color that sometimes cannot be fixed. So, make sure your images are adequately wet and keep those inks gentle and moving.

I love the added dimension that a fussy cut image can provide to another area of a card with the simple use of Stampin' Dimensionals

 Adding some color coordinated Washi Tape underneath the sentiment label finishes it off admirably.

If you'd like to give this oh-so-appealing technique a try, you can find the complete tutorial for it HERE. Have fun! It is a technique you will find yourself going back to time after time after time! 

And, I've given you lots of current sets that would work well for the Floating Reinkers Technique.



  1. Serenly beautiful. I'd love to give it a try.

  2. Lovely card! I especially love the embossing.

  3. Your card is so pretty! Lovely work. Thank you for sharing your card craft with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week!

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