Rooted in Nature Christmas and Inking Tips. I mentioned last week when I was making the card to give my husband for our 3rd Wedding Anniversary, that Rooted in Nature has Christmas Trees. Today I am featuring those very trees. These are a pair of great little trees, ideal for a winter hill scene.
Which brings me nicely to the Inking Tips I mentioned in the title. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it difficult to get a really smooth inked finish. I love building colours and layering them to get cool effects, but boy is it annoying if you are nearly finished and you get an obvious ‘dauber print’. Why is it always so obvious and why is it always just as you are finishing?
Well, I have the answer. Glycerine! Good old fashioned glycerine is all you need, and the smallest amount. Let it be said, this is not an original revelation, but wow, is it great. Just put the smallest amount on a block, pick up some ink from the pad with a dauber and mix it with the glycerine. You will find that you need a very light touch, but it will go onto your card smoothly. Brilliant!
I used the technique to give the impression of rolling hills. Just a small amount of Smoky Slate and an even smaller amount of Soft Sea Foam gives just the right effect. I hand cut a curve across a piece of scrap paper as my template. It works like a dream. Oh, and the sentiment is from Timeless Tidings!
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Standard A6 Cardbase
Mat – 5-1/2 x 3-3/4” (14 x 9.5cm)