Monday, March 23, 2015

Indescribable Gift for Freshly Made Sketches

I got into Easter mode over the weekend, making cards for all my family and packing up the Easter eggs, etc. to send to them. The only Easter stamp set I ordered this year was Indescribable Gift which works for the adults but not for all my grandkids. I decided to use this image for the adults and I'll show you what I came up with for the grandkids tomorrow! Still mourning my Blendabilities (but not the name! When Stampin' Up! brings out a replacement product, I hope the name is a lot shorter! Just sayin'), I decided to resurrect a watercolouring technique to use with my Stampin' Write markers and Blender Pens and Aqua Painters.  It's called the whitewash technique and it produces beautiful results. My plan worked perfectly with Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #178.   .

and, if I flip it on end, with Pals Paper Arts Challenge #244:

Let's look at how to do the Whitewash Technique again:

  • To start this technique you first emboss your image (in this case, from Indescribable Gift) in White Stampin' Emboss Powder on a medium colour cardstock. I happen to love the look on Crumb Cake cardstock. Use Versamark ink to hold the embossing powder before heating it with the Heat Tool. Don't forget to use the Embossing Buddy first.
  • With an Aqua Painter and some Whisper White Craft Ink (I squeezed out a bit of the refill in the lid of the stamp pad and picked it up with the Aqua Painter), paint over the entire image with the Craft ink. Be careful on the outside edges, that you don't go beyond the image, but you can paint right over the inside lines. They will clean right off with a tissue later. Let this dry or help it along with the low temperature on the Heat Tool.
  • Use Stampin' Write Markers to lay down a little colour in the area you want it, and pull the colour to the edges of the embossed area with a Blender Pen. You can, again, wipe the embossed lines clean with a tissue after. Here I used Calypso Coral with a little Crisp Cantaloupe on the flowers and Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz on the leaves. I added just a touch of Crumb Cake on the branches. Leave small areas of just white to showcase the whitewash look. The colour in the Stampin' Write Markers mixes with the White Craft Ink to give a milky look as well.
  • Add a few full strength marker strokes to areas where you want a darker shadow.
I hope you'll give this technique a try, especially while waiting for a replacement for Blendabilities.

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  1. Gorgeous technique with this image, Heather. I love the colors you chose too. Your family will love receiving this card. Thanks for joining us at the Pals Paper Arts this week!

  2. Beautiful. I will have to try that technique. thanks for sharing!

  3. I will have to try that craft ink technique!! I love how it looks on the Crumb Cake paper. Thanks for playing along this week--come back soon!

  4. Your flowers are gorgeous! Love the white outline!

  5. Such a beautiful card! I love those flowers - so wonderfully colours! Love that verse! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. Love...LOVE! Many thanks for your super tips and tricks - your coloring is just spectacular! Thanks for joining us this week with such a beautiful card.


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