As you know, I’ve been really enjoying Watercoloring the past few weeks. I’ve been trying all kinds of techniques and materials to see what results I get.
My latest class at Altenew Academy was a class in a Creative Watercolor Media. I actually had a really hard time deciding which lesson to make my class project from. The ideas and instructors shared amazing tips and techniques. I can promise you that I am trying every new technique that I’m learning!!
Today I want to share 3 cards that I made using Altenew’s re-inkers. This is an emboss resist technique that uses re-inkers as the medium for adding color. It takes just a few drops of several of your favorite ink colors. I love how vibrant the colors come out using this technique.
I used the same two stamp sets that I’ve been using for my last few projects and posts just to show you yet one more way to used your stamp sets. This gives a completely different look to your stamped image. You can’t even tell that it is the same stamp set!!
I don’t have all of the Altenew ink, but I did pull out some of my favorites for this! I love the new Teal Cave, Volcano Lake, Hunter Green, Warm Sunshine, Heart Beat and Sapphire inks. It’s hard to control myself when I want to play with color! I love how bright and vibrant this technique comes out. The sentiment is from the Painted Butterflies stamp set and the hugs is one of Altenew’s word script dies.
One trick that I learned in one of the classes was to use craft foam to cut out with the word die and then add your die cut card stock to the top of it. What an easy way to give dimension to a word die. It is much less time consuming that to cut the die out 5 or 6 times and try to glue them all together. Very simple!
The colors are so vibrant, you can barely see the sequins that I’ve added in the photo!! The sentiment is white heat embossed and popped up with foam tape. This was a quick and fun card to make.
Here is another version using the Stunning Cosmos stamp set.
For this one, I dabbed the wet inks a bit more to mute the color. I just wanted to see what it looked like. For this panel, I also stamped few floral images with more space in between. I tried to leave more white space on the card and I like the look of this one too. I find the white space and the muted color to be a pretty variation of this technique.
My last card uses the Stunning Cosmos set again and I really just love this technique. It is ridiculously fun and relaxing. You can’t control how the paints mix and you just have to let yourself go with it! I love the imperfection of it all!! Every single card is different!
This one might be my favorite, only because I used more of the Volcano Lake and Teal Cave inks. I LOVE those inks!! The colors are amazing. I do love the muted version of it as well, but all the blue-green-teal in this card just calls to me!
You can see that I embossed the images in white heat embossing powder on watercolor paper, then spritzed one section of the flowers and started dropping on watered down re-inkers with my paint brush. The water does all the work to mix the colors and give the wonderful mix of colors.
Be sure to check out this week’s Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge for this week!