The Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers this week required us to make a Harvest-inspired card. I decided to combine the two challenges for this card:
For this one, I inked shades of yellow, brown and green all over the block, then added a little orange in the center section. I misted the block lightly with water so the colors would start to blend and provide this multi-hued Autumn background. After the ink dried, I lightly stamped some leaves over the background, then added my large sunflower and sentiment.
I really loved the colors on this card, but wondered how it would look without the orange, so I made another card:
I kept everything almost exactly the same but eliminated the orange. I like the effect but still feel like it needs more color to help it "pop" off the card. I would like to revisit this card and use more distinctive color blocks (one yellow, one green and one brown, for example). Since these are CAS cards I had to restrain myself from adding anything else to these cards!
While I was playing with this technique I tried several different markers and ink pads, and I apologize for not capturing the specific ones used on these cards. What worked best for me was to use mostly markers (especially for my lighter colors), scribbling and drawing and thumping on the block with them. I did use ink pads, but mostly for the darker shades. I also learned it takes a lot more ink than I expected. I really had to get the ink built up on the block before I could get a good impression. I only needed one or two pumps of water mist to get a good result (too much water just led to water spots). I use a little travel-size mister bottle (I pick mine up in the travel-size products section at Wal-Mart or Target). I held the bottle 8-12 inches from the paper and stamped immediately after misting.
Tomorrow I will share more cards using this technique. I'm having so much fun playing with this one that I just keep trying new colors and designs. I hope you'll give this technique a try and discover just how much fun it is to play with water and ink!
Thanks for visiting today!
Paper: Whisper White card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Inks on background: Various markers and dye ink pads
Ink on sunflower and sentiment: Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan (Clearsnap)
Stamps: Sunflower from "Friendship Bouquet" (Close to My Heart), Delight from "Paint Prints" (Stampin' Up!)