Things are getting a little exciting here in my Room of Makings. Wedding invitations completed and sent, table decorations coming along nicely. I'm sure I can make paper flowers in my sleep now! I've even made a start on the wedding bouquet! Only nine months left! Eeek!
Well, I'm putting all that to one side for now to share with you a step by step Poppy card (recently shared at the Clarity East Midlands Craft Group when we celebrated Sazzles big birthday).
Right, lets start with an ingredients list:
Poppies in Bloom stamp
Leafy Swirl (small) stamp
Your favourite Word Chain Stamp (please remind me what we did before Barbara gave us these little beauties?)
Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink
Mustard Seed Distress Ink
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
Jet Black Archival
Just a quick note about the water based Distress inks; these inks are designed to blend with each other beautifully and to react with water in very interesting ways, I will be sharing two partular techniques using these inks with water (I love um!) with you today.
Detail White Opaque embossing powder
Spritz bottle (with water)
Fine paint brush
6.5" x 6.5" cold pressed watercolour paper
Another note... Cold pressed watercolour paper is better for stamping than the hot pressed. The difference between the two is the finish to the paper; cold pressed watercolour paper has a smooth side (usually the wrong side for painting, but great for us stampers!)
Blending Distress inks
Be generous with your distress inks for this project. Blending tools are the order of the day. It doesn't matter what colour you start with for this process, I always start with the pale colour working up to the darkest, but it really doesn't matter with distress inks; their colour is very stable.
Don't get too hung-up on your blending, I have a trick to share with you to smooth out those blotches of colour. So fill ya boots! Cover every little bit of paper!
OK, suitably inked, now for the magic touch... Once you have completly covered your paper go back to your palest colour and rub this over the whole thing, you'll find the edges of each colour will blend so much better.
Just a quick note... Try different colours on a scrap piece of paper (yellow over the top of blue will make green, so just be aware).
Yummy! Love it! Right, now a water technique. This one is called watermark; you will see why...
Spritz a fine mist of water directly to your craft mat, not too much! Using your Leafy Swirl stamp, dance the stamp into the water on your craft mat, now stamp it on your paper. Stamping with water! Great fun! Repeat this process until your paper has been stamped all over.
Where you get large puddles of water, gently blot these with your kitchenpaper (don't lift off all the water, just wick a drop away). Now you can let this air dry or you can use your heat gun (I go for the gun everytime!). What we don't want to do is blot the water off with the kitchen paper, this would give you a completely different effect (I'll show you that one soon!).
This makes a beautiful background!
Make sure your work is completely dry before moving on to the next stage.
Dust the whole sheet with talc and ink up your Poppies in Bloom stamp with your VersaMark and emboss in the usual way!
This is such a beautiful stamp, perfect for the next water technique faux bleaching! So now you need some water, your fine paint brush and some kitchen paper.
Ready? OK, using clean water paint inside of the large petals with water only, make sure you brush it in and then simply blot off the water. Repeat this process until you have lightened the petals sufficiently to make them stand out from the background.
You can keep going until it is really pale, however, this is how I want it.
Here comes the painting bit... Don't be scard, its really not hard because of the embossing edge to the image. I used the Ripe Persimmon to paint in my poppies. To prepare the colour I pressed the ink pad directly to my craft mat. With my spritz bottle I added just a little spray of water to one corner only. Using only one colour this way will give you all the shades you will need.
So, lets paint... Use the watered down corner of ink to fill in your petal. Lets do all of the main petals whilst we're at it! Now go back to the first petal and pick up the darker ink from the oposite side and add to the bottom of the petal. Again, do this to them all. If you get a harsh line, blend it out using water, if it has gone far too dark for you simply paint in water and blot towards the top of the petal with the kitchen paper. This will help you achieve the shaded look. I used the darker ink for the buds too.
Not much left to do now. Time to choose your favourite word chain stamp (or stamps!).
Use jet black Archival, this is a permanent waterproof ink and will stay in place perfectly on the water based inks behind. Remember, water based inks such as Distress inks will always react to water if more water is added.
Now it's up to you to finish it off! I use Crystal Liquid or Glossy Accents to finish off the buds once the topper has been mounted and fixed to the card.
I hope you have found this tutorial of use. I hope you have fun with your inks and water, I know I do!
Crafty inky hugs,