by Julie Warner

Transfer ink from a plate to paper to create one-of-a-kind backgrounds.


  • Pigment inks
  • Piece of glass or acrylic (Glass from an old picture frame is perfect)
  • Painting tools Squeegee, combing tool, texture tool
  • Cardstock
  • Stamps (Solid images work best)


  1. Step 1

    Place your glass over paper to make it easier to see.

    Rub and smoosh ink over the surface of the glass. Cover the printing area with ink and try not leave any open areas.

  2. Step 2

    Use a combing tool to create a pattern in the ink.

    Wipe the ink off the comb after every pass.

    Tip: For more interesting patterns, vary the direction of your combing, even going over areas already combed.

  3. Step 3

    Place cardstock (here a mint green is used) on top of finished ink pattern.

    Use a squeegee to ensure good coverage.

  4. Step 4

    Carefully lift cardstock and allow to dry or use embossing tool.

    Optional: Ink stamps with a darker ink color and stamp directly onto glass over a lighter base ink color.

    Place cardstock on top of pattern as before.

  5. Ink stamps with a contrasting ink color and stamp onto inked glass.

    Here after I stamped the leaves onto the glass, I stamped them off onto a separate piece of cardstock for use later.

  6. Step 5

    For added interest, I used a sprinkling of gilded gold (mostly clear with flecks of gold) embossing powder on these backgrounds, then sponged a little rust colored ink on my backgrounds.

  7. Finished project incorporating monoprinted backgrounds.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Monoprinting. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Thank you, Julie, for this awesome tutorial!! It is certainly something that I plan to try after seeing the beautiful work you have created with it!!
Lynn McAuley  |  Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 4:24 AM
Absolutely stunning card and idea - Julie!!!
Silke Ledlow  |  Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 4:28 AM
What an amazing technique Julie this is awesome. Will certainly have a go.
Jennifer Gray  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 6:36 AM
This is fabulous! Wow! Thanks for sharing! Your card is gorgeous!
Fran Gumprecht  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 5:15 AM
Whoa! This is really thought-provoking!
Thanks a bunch!
TexasGrammy  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 9:06 AM
Thanks for a great tutorial! I can't wait to give this a try~
Jeanne Forsyth  |  Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 8:41 AM
I try to make it my goal of learning something new every day, thank you so much for sharing such a great idea for us crafters to use when making cards etc.... Thank you
Helen :o)
Helen Nagle  |  Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 5:34 PM
Thank goodness for the SCS Weekly Inkling! As everyone is I, also, am a busy person and don't have a lot of time I can allot to cruising the SCS website and learning new-to-me techniques. I really like this one - I am so attracted to the style of card you made, too. Great job!
Diane McGovern  |  Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:35 PM
What an amazing tutorial! Can't wait to try this!
Renee Drew  |  Sat Feb 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM
Never even considered using pigment inks for monoprinting. Thanks so much - excellent tutorial.
Kathy Stacy  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 5:30 AM
Another fabulous idea to add to my "must try" list! So little time to explore wonderful papercraft techniques. TFS! LOVE it!
Joanne Hoffmann  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 5:40 AM
Why did I watch this first thing in the morning when I have a long list of things to do today? I'm now chomping at the bit to get creative with my pigment inks (and new Distress Oxide inks, too)!
Rebecca Y.  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 6:15 AM
What a great idea, can't wait to try this! Thank you for sharing!
Audrey Wu  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 7:17 AM
This is such an amazing tutorial, thank you so much for showing us all the different ways to do this and most to get the most use out of our ink instead of just washing it away!
Sally Assinewai  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 7:25 AM
I am so excited to try this. Thank you!
Jennifer Jackson-Meyerholz  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 8:02 AM
Man, wouldn't you know it - I just gave away a bunch of those petal pigment ink (ink pads), because I hadn't used them in years!
I love most of these, thanks for showing us a new technique!
Ginny Pender  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 9:13 AM
What a fabulous tutorial, Julie, and I loved the video by Dina! You've both opened my eyes to some of my stash of things, and I have bubble wrap! Hehe! Beautifully done...thanks a lot! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 10:02 AM
Julie - this is an amazing technique. Thank you for sharing. I cannot wait to try it. Great inspiration for new creations!
Thank you.
Marilyn  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 2:23 PM
What a fantastic tutorial. I have just got to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.
Sue Allen  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 5:42 PM
I think this is just gorgeous. Thanks for all the great ideas. Can't wait to try it.
Dianne Baldwin  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 6:03 PM

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