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Inky Backgrounds Challenge #38

Welcome to today’s blog showcasing all the entries to the Inky Backgrounds Challenge #38

Hi and welcome. Thank you to everyone who took part in this week’s Inky Backgrounds Challenge #38 over on my Facebook Group “Crafty Stamping Club – Smithy’s Stampers” Please feel free to join us here

The first entry takes the limelight at the top of the blog for every challenge – well done Valerie!

An array of stamping beauty…

Entry 1 is a beautiful and colourful inky background from the lovely Valerie O’Donoghue. Valerie has used stencilling, stamping and the bubble wrap technique on her background today. What a fabulous array of stamping Valerie – Looking forward seeing what you go on to create with it 😉

Pretty in Purple…

Entry two was from one of our newest members in the group, the lovely Emma Bedford. Purple is one of my favourite colours and you have done a fantastic job on this inky background. Did you stamp in black on top or use the emboss resist technique here? It is stunning. Thank you for taking part Emma.

A double technique in the next entry

Entry number three was from my friend who never lets us down where the challenges are concerned, our Heather Forgan of Heather is a fabulous card maker. Check out how Heather has both a) stamped a background and b) heat embossed a background. Very clever and extremely effective. Thanks Heather. I think this is a lovely sympathy card.

Piece of Cake..

My friend Victoria Littlewood of was entry number four. She has used the Piece of Cake Stamp Set. I love your colour choices and love the effect from the emboss resist technique you’ve used today – what colour palette did you use? Love the black card too which makes the top layer “Pop”.

Past Projects…

Entry five was my own entries – I shared some previous inky background projects with those in the group, I hope these inspire you to get #Inky. You can find tutorials to all of these cards on my YouTube channel ( and search for “ink blending”. Thanks for looking

Poppy inked Background

The sixth project comes from the lovely Elaine Thomson Smith, who stamped this background whilst crafting along to my most recent coffee and card Facebook Live. I thought I’d pick it up Elaine and add it in here for the challenge (two birds one stone). Love the colour choices for your poppy stamps. Check out her website here:

Bookmarks Galore…

After scrolling through lots of projects I have drawn one of Karen’s out for entry seven. Karen Jane Tilley always participates in the group and online lives week in week out – your bookmarks are just amazing. Don’t you just love stamping your own background? I do.

May your dreams come true…

What a beautiful background. Entry number eight was shared with us by the lovely Jane Gillies. Now whilst this was not for the challenge, it fits the bill perfectly. Jane is the queen of inky backgrounds and her creations never fail to amaze me. Gorgeous Jane!

A huge thank you from me to each and every one of you lovely friends who took part. Do feel free to view one of my not so recent videos I made some time ago for inky blending:

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

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4 thoughts on “Inky Backgrounds Challenge #38”

  1. Fabulous projects Everyone. For my card I used Real Red, Lovely Lipstick and Poppy Parade xx thanks for the fab challenge Tricia. Looking forward to #39

  2. Great inky backgrounds everyone. I stamped in black ink on top of the purple background 😁

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