Thursday, August 14, 2014

Whitewash Technique for The Paper Players

When I saw The Paper Players' Challenge #208, I knew what I wanted to do right away!  I have been eyeing that Corner Garden stamp for a long time now, and it says "Whitewash Technique" to me every time I see it. It actually does!  It speaks audibly and says, "Use the Whitewash Technique, if you know what's good for you!"  I'm not arguing with it, because I do know what's good for me, so I set out to create a Whitewash masterpiece. And I had a wonderful time!

This is the Challenge that inspired me:

You might be wondering what the Whitewash Technique is.  Well, if you've read Tom Sawyer, this is what it isn't: Scamming everyone into making the card for you while you sit back and enjoy!

Take a close look at the technique:

  • You start by stamping the image in VersaMark ink (after using the Embossing Buddy to keep the embossing powder from sticking in places you don't want it) and adding White Stampin' Emboss powder to it.  Then you heat set it using the Heat Tool.
  • Next, using an Aqua Painter, you cover the images with Whisper White Craft ink and let them dry completely.
  • Then you use a Blender Pen and reinkers or ink from the Classic Stampin' Pad to colour in the areas over top of the Whitewash.  The colours blend with the white craft in and it gives a softened effect, as well as allowing you to colour on the Crumb Cake cardstock without the paper pilling up. But it's really important to let the white craft ink dry thoroughly.  You can add darker areas directly with the appropriately coloured Stampin' Write Marker and blend it with the Blender Pen as long as you don't press too hard or work on it too long.
  • Why would I use this technique instead of using Blendabilities?  Two reasons:  Blendabilities doesn't have all the colours required in the Challenge; and although they allow you to colour on plain cardstock without the paper pilling, you don't get the same lovely softening effect that you do with the White Craft ink.  It looks almost luminous.
This is another technique you might want to try on your own sometime.  It took awhile to complete, but I found it so soothing to do.  It was therapy!

I will be setting up shop at the Westbank Farmer's Market on Saturday!  I will have some great deals, great prizes and games, some retired products for sale as well as some kits and I am looking forward to meeting you!  Come and say hello!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today!

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  1. Okay - I have to ask. Do you load the Craft Ink in the barrel of the AquaPainter? And if not, what do you fill the barrel with? Questions...questions!

  2. Hi, Mike: No, I fill the barrel with only a small amount of water. Then I would dip the tip in reinker, or squeeze the stamp pad case to get some ink on the case top and use that.

  3. A whitewash masterpiece is exactly what you have achieved! Wow, Heather! An amazing use of this stamp and the colors. Thanks for sharing your work with us this week at The Paper Players!

  4. Beautiful! I love the softened effect of the whitewash technique. Very cool! The result with the challenge colors is absolutely wonderful. So glad you shared your creation with The Paper Players.

  5. Absolutely wonderful indeed, Heather! The whitewash technique is fabulous with these colors and I love how the gray leaves really pop! Beautiful! So glad you shared this with us at The Paper Players!

  6. Your whitewash technique turned out a stunning card! It's beautiful! Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players this week!


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