Friday, April 4, 2014

Ink Pad Watercolor Look

This is a background technique.

Materials needed:
Serene Silhouettes stamp set (#127324)
Watercolor paper 4 x 5 1/4", 2 3/4 x 3"
Wild Wasabi card stock 3 x 3 1/4", 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Crumb Cake ink pad
Summer Starfruit ink pad
Pistachio Pudding ink pad
Mister or spray bottle
1" Rose Red Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (#111846)
Red buttons
Glue dots
Paper towel

1. Press a juicy ink pad onto the watercolor pad. I like to use 3 different colors for a good look.

2. Spray water directly onto the ink with a mister or a small spray bottle.
You want the ink to be wet so it will move around the paper.
If desired, you can tilt the paper for the ink to run on the page. Blot (don't rub) the wet ink with paper towel.

You may add more color from the ink pad & mist again if you wish until you get the color you want. Remember, this is paper so don't keep spraying until the paper falls apart. 
The paper may curl but you can flatten it out.
3. Stamp a silhouette image randomly onto the background while the paper is still wet. This will give the paper a stippled look.
4. Color another background piece that will be for the embellishment. When it is dry, stamp a silhouette image on to it. Mount it on solid card stock.
5. Decorate the card front with ribbon, buttons, etc to complete the card front.
You can make a background paper like this using any colors you choose. I almost always use 3 different colors for it. On this next one, I wanted brighter colors, so I used Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, and Island Indigo.
Other materials used:
Island Indigo card stock
White card stock
Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon
Candy Dots subtles (#130933)
Candy Dots brad base (#132293)
Early Espresso ink

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