Monday, July 26, 2010

"Faux Watercolor" Stamped Card

Today I wanted to share a card using inks that I don't often use...the "Lights" line in the Adirondack Ink Line.

The ink I usually reach for first when I'm creating a card is my Distress Inks but as a challenge to myself I decided to use the "Lights" to see what I could come up with.

What do you think?

Roni - CHA 059

I created the main image using the "Faux Watercolor" technique. I also incorporated a few of the "Brights" into that image as well. The background was stamped entirely using colors from the "Lights" line.

Stamp Credits: main image - Flower Grater - Stamps by Judith (scroll down to find the stamp); background - Autumn Leaves.

Faux Watercolor Technique

Roni - CHA 059

1. Apply one or more color of inks to your stamp. To apply more than one ink color I start by adding light colored inks ~ dabbing one corner of the ink pad directly onto the stamp. I always work from light to dark colors so if I do happen to over lap colors the lighter colors are easily absorbed and hidden in the dark ink pads to minimize cross contamination in my ink pads.

2. Spritz the inked stamp with a Mini Mister or other squirt bottle that delivers tiny drops of water. If you don't have a Mini Mister ava. you can hold your stamp at arms length, squirt the water into the air about the stamp like a fountain and let it drift down onto the inked stamp. This way you don't get too much water on the stamp/ink so it doesn't ruin the image.

3. Stamp the image onto cardstock and heat to dry or let dry naturally... If you've got enough ink you may be able to stamp a second and possibly even a third image from one inking.

4. (optional) For just an extra bit of sparkle I added Stickles Glitter Glue accents here and there.

So, now it's time for you to take up the challenge...

Dig through your stash and find some inks that you don't often use.

Give it a try and see what you can come up with.

You might be surprised at the creations you can come up with!

I'm going to be playing with more "forgotten treasures" this week so be sure to stop back in and see what I find hidden in my stash!


  1. Lovely, Roni - I do use my Adirondack Lights and Brights all the time, but mainly for background work or colouring and although I do stamp with them, it's usually background images, so it's good to see them used for main images. That's a technique I often forget about, too. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Very nice effect Roni! I think it is a very good idea to reach for different colors than you normally would, every once in awhile. It keeps your work fresh and opens your eyes to new possibilities!

  3. Here is a link to a ruler background stamp that could be used a border. Very similar to the one you used. Lost Coast Design.

  4. Thanks Roni for posting who makes the ruler stamp and thanks to Judy (Seattle) for posting an alternative to this stamp.


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