This month, by special request from one of the ladies in my card club, we did a few techniques using Stampin' Up!'s glossy card stock. Glossy card stock has a special coating on the paper, and it's a blast from the past. We used to carry it, but it got retired and has now made a come back. There are differences in photo paper and glossy card stock as in you can use a heat tool on Stampin' Up!'s glossy card stock without it bubbling, but I am told, photo paper doesn't take kindly to the heat tool.
The Powder Pink card on the left gives a soft multi-coloured effect using reinkers and a spritzer filled with water. You blot it dry and stamp on it with archival ink afterwards. Depending how you hold your spritzer, it can also spray a speckled effect on the rest of the card.
The Berry Burst card with the orchid was sponged with ink. To create the graduated ombre look, you sponge almost the whole of the card stock once, then starting from the bottom right corner, you sponge another layer of ink but only half way along. Lastly, sponge the bottom right corner again and again until you have the intensity of shading you desire, then run your hand under a tap, shake off excess water and flick some on to the sponged area of card stock. Where the droplets of water hit the card stock, it will lighten and create a speckled effect.
For the card below, I used 3 different coloured inks to create the "Ghosting" effect. For the best effect, choose a linear stamp - ink it up with Versamark and stamp directly onto the glossy card stock. Stamp straight down and up - avoid rocking or pressing down too hard, because smudges will occur and too much pressure "splays" the stamped image. Allow ink to dry thoroughly before you sponge with ink - do this in a random pattern to bring out the autumnal feel for the leaves.