Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ranger Tech. Calendar - March - Adirondack Dye Ink

We're up to March on our technique calendar.  I thought it would be fun to pair a few colors of Adirondack Dye Inks with a couple shadow stamps to create Watercolor Tiles.  Since it's March I am using shades of green but when paired with red inks you can create a wonderful "Faux Brick" look. 

Watercolor Tiles

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 001


Adirondack Dye Ink - Ranger
Mini Mister (filled w/water) - Ranger
Heat Tool - Ranger
Stickles Glitter Glue - Ranger
Shadow Stamp(s) - Hero Arts
Cardstock - Georgia Pacific
Printed Calendar Page


1. Pounce multiple shades of ink onto your shadow stamp.  I like to start with the lightest color first and add 1-2 additional colors.

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 003

2. Mist the stamp with or two squirts from the Mini Mister will do the trick.

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 004

3. Immediately stamp the image onto your cardstock.

Note: You don't have to smoosh the stamp into the paper...just kiss it.  Otherwise you'll squirt the water/ink right out from under the stamp since it's totally smooth.

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 005

4. Remove the stamp and heat to quickly dry the image.

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 006

5. Repeat steps 1-4 until the entire sheet of cardstock has been covered.

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 007

Here is what your stamped cardstock will look like at this point...This is o.k. but we're going to take it one step further to really make the tiles pop.

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 008

6. You will need one or two dark shades of ink for this step.  Apply the ink to the very edges of the shadow stamp and stamp each tile again. 

NOTE: This isn't an exact science.  Close is good enough ;)

Notice in the photo I have already stamped one of the tiles in the lower left hand corner.  You can see immediately how much of a difference this step makes.  When I make "faux bricks" I usually use black for this step.

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 010

And here is what the Watercolor Tiles look like when they are finished!

Ranger Technique Calendar - Dye Ink - March 011

and my finished calendar page....

Ranger Technique Calendar - Distress Ink - April 012


  1. It's wonderful. I'm waiting the rest of your techniques for your calendar....

    Big hugs from Spain


  2. Hi Roni -

    I really love how this looks. I am going to have to dig out my shadow stamps. I know they are somewhere with my unmounted stamps - LOL! The calendar page really turned out great. I love the depth of color you get with this technique.

    Elaine Allen

  3. wow, amazing :)
    I love ypu work and wait for rest cards from calendar

  4. I don't think I have a shadow stamp, I'll have to dig. I finished January and started Feb. I think I might have hurried Feb, I know I know you said not to hurry but what can I say I'm always in a hurry, now I'll have to do it again. Saved a lot of time didn't I LOL.
    My first page is on my blog ><

  5. ooooh! Love this technique! What a great look!

  6. Really cool project. I Love it!

  7. I don't know what a shadow stamp is. I am going to have to do some research, because I am sure I need more stamps!

  8. I like that tech! Thank you! I want to try it in castle wall colors for behind people stamps!

  9. wow these all have been great bet the rest will be too.

  10. Too cool! like the defination of the blocks.
    stamping sue

  11. wow that's a pretty cool background :)

  12. well done! They are looking great. Can't wait to see the rest :)

  13. Wow, this is so cool! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I have Feb posted on my blog >< and March is coming along I used the back of a foam stamp and just used the edges. I love the shadow technique.

  15. Simply amazing! I adore that background!


  16. Great idea for all those shadow stamps that are hiding in my stash!

  17. Cool beans! I don't have a block stamp, but have loved playing with watercolors later, want to try with some solid stamps I have.


Thanks for your thoughts and comments!