Monday, March 9, 2015

Playing with Ink and Other fun Techniques

It is Monday. I am hoping all of you are not late to work today. It was just starting to be light out in the morning and now it is dark again. Very hard to get up!!

This Saturday I spent the day playing in my craft room. I thought I would share some of the fun techniques I tried.

First, I tried a "smoosh" technique with Distress inks. I used a craft mat and inked it up with Peacock and Shabby Shutters Distress ink. I then used a mist bottle to spray water over the ink.

I dipped three die cut panels into the mess to create some fun backgrounds. (The panels were die cut from watercolor paper. You can use a heavier card stock for this technique but watercolor paper drys flat.)

You can either dry these using a heat gun or just set them aside to air dry. That is what I did because it gave me a chance to create some cards while I was waiting.

After the panels dried, I stamped some images in black from a new Technique Tuesday stamp set I bought primarily for the sentiments.

"Umpteenth Birthday" can be used for a lot of the cards I send to my friends now that we are all getting older. Aren't they fun?

I then masked the cake and stamped the "Enjoy all the Fuss!" sentiment in gray dye all over the panel. (The panel was die cut into a square in the photo below due to user error!!)

I am in love with cards that use this technique or newsprint as a background. I have some ideas stewing in my brain.

The next technique I played with is "coloring" parts of an image using Stickles. Okay, I am kind of crazy but I LOVE my glitter glue. I figured this counted as one of the "30 Days of Coloring" Challenge" that I am following along with over at The Daily Marker Blog.

On the cake, I only filled in the sprinkles with the Stickles. (I apologize for the blurry photo. I was taking them really quick while I was creating-a bad combination. I have no patience!!)

On a the second panel, I colored in accents on some presents.

The above photo was taken when the glue was wet. The dried panel is okay but not as vivid. I will definitely be experimenting a bit more with this technique in the future. I think it is better to use in small areas, though. The glue shrinks as it dries.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I know it isn't my usual. I used to write step-by-step articles using various products for and I miss doing that. This is kind of how they went.

Have a great day!!



Stamping Smiles Designs said...

Thanks for sharing your versions of the techniques, Nora. I've always wonder how they achieved such beautiful watercolored backgrounds. Now, I know and am inspired. I ought to go get me some watercolor papers. This technique looks so fun! Have an amazing day! :)

Miriam Prantner said...

I love the step by step instructions, those backgrounds look gorgeous!

Becca Cruger said...

I looooooooooooooooove tutorial posts with lots of pictures! :) It helps to give me ideas. I really like the panels. With the smooshing technique, you can keep dipping, drying, then dipping again and you'll get a more vibrant color.

Taunya Butler said...

I really liked this post - s fun to see the things you are trying out and it gives me the desire to want to spread my wings and try some new things to!! Love the images that you colored bite in with the Stickles - uber cool!! And I want to try making some backgrounds like you talked about doing - definitely need some new tricks up my sleeve!!! Thanks for inspiring me!!

Inkyfingers said...

Wow Nora, I love your step by step pictures and I think your smooshing turned out beautifully. I haven't seen those stamps before but I think they now have to appear on my wish list - those sentiments are fabby!
Carol x