Spooky Cat for the Fall Favs InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects inspired by some of our favorite Fall-themed products.  What fun!  Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs (both the Annual Catalog and soon-to-be-released Holiday Catalog) are filled with so many fun products for the Autumn holidays – and we are excited to share our creations with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

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I recently watched a video by Lydia Fiedler (you can see her blog on UnderstandBlue.com) where she used glossy paper, re-inkers and a gel press.  I had no idea before that video that a Gel Press was even a thing, so of course I had to buy one!

Check out Lydia’s video HERE.

I recreated her technique using my own colors and theme, Halloween.  I wanted to use my new Spooky Cat stamp set and Cat Punch to thank Lydia for her info (Lydia loves cats).  Lydia this is for you.


Lydia’s video technique was all about making backgrounds using ink and glossy paper.  Stampin Up now sells this paper after a brief hiatus.  Thank you Stampin UP.  I wanted a Halloween feel so I used Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz and Calypso Coral.


Each time I dropped ink from my re-inker onto the Gel press then spritzed with water.  Then lay a piece of glossy paper onto the ink and press with your fingers.  Pull off carefully and set aside to dry.  It will soften and lighten dramatically once it is dry.  There was enough ink to do two pieces of glossy paper, so I now have extras.  I’m pretty sure you could use other material underneath like maybe a silicone mat.


I repeated the process a second time using Calypso Coral, Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz.  I did this before the first sheets had dried because I thought the eggplant was too dark.  Turns out it was fine, it just needed to dry.  However, when I did the second round I used more Calypso than Plum.

The Owl card background is from the Calypso Set.  I added some black swirls using the Swirly Snowflakes die set.

I hope you like my creations and will try your hand at this technique as well and that you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Happy Stamping


Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:


      1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
      2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
      3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
      4. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
      5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
      6. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
      7. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
      8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
      9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
      10. Racheal Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
      11. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
      12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
      13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations


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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Awesome!! I had forgotten about this technique! Definitely a WOW! I love both cards, and the colors are perfect.

  2. Fun technique with such a gorgeous outcome. These cards are spooky AND beautiful. I’m so glad you hopped with us today!

  3. Lynn- your backgrounds are amazing! What a fun technique that I’m definitely giving a try!! That owl card is just tge best! He stands so proudly on that awesome background! Love it! 👑😍

  4. The background on this is so cool! Love the colors of this.

  5. Great card Lynn and an interesting technique. I love your card the cat is a real favorite for almost everyone. It’s your use of the witch’s hat that caught my eye. Not putting it on the cat adds interest to me. Great color choices, they say Halloween. Awesome job

  6. Fantastic card! Thanks for the photo tutorial! I love these backgrounds. The owl sitting by all the poisons and potions is too cute!

  7. OOOOOO! I love your Gel Press backgrounds! I especially loved the background on the owl card. So swirly and pretty!

  8. The way the colors blended is just stunning. A gel press? I’m going to have to look into that tool. The black cat just finishes this card with a punch of black.

    What a fun project ! I like that cat ….that punch is on it`s way to my house and I can`t wait to try some fun cards with it ! Yours is certainly inspiring !

  10. Really fun backgrounds! In love with that cat punch; love how you used the diagonal stripe stamp.

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