Inking Techniques using the NEW Blending Brushes and Hey Girlfriend from Stampin’ Up! I had such fun playing with lots of inking techniques yesterday, I even managed to keep from getting too inky! The Live was prompted by a comment left on the post (HERE) for Tuesday’s The Spot Challenge Card asking how I made the background. The main technique I wanted to feature was using the new Ink Blending Brushes with different water and mask techniques.
I decided to use Whisper White (I don’t have any Basic White yet), Shimmery White and Fluid 100 watercolour paper. The whole way through I used just Bermuda Bay and Poppy Parade Classic Inks as these are such contrasting colours. It was so interesting to see how the different papers reacted to having ink applied with the new Blending Brushes. The most resistant paper was the Shimmery White. It does actually make some sense as this has been treated so it doesn’t absorb the ink, so it doesn’t sink in.
The easiest surface to add ink was, slightly surprisingly, the Whisper White. I am guessing that this is because it will absorb liquids easily – but keep reading, that isn’t always a good thing! The Fluid 100 was a surprise. It took the ink well, although it does have some texture, so that will always come through.
When it came to adding water, the results were all very interesting. Whisper White absorbed the water, but not in a good way as it also weakened the paper. The Fluid 100 also absorbed the water, but was not damaged in the process. Shimmery White card resists water, so it pools on top. These different reactions mean that the results are also different. Some of the results changed the colour of the ink quite a bit I also tried rubbing alcohol to see if this made a difference, which it did (watching the video is recommended to see this).
I introduced masks to the mix too, adding ink through the masks, spritzing water through, all sorts. I also used the inked mask as a ‘stamp’, adding water and laying card on top. My favourite was to lay the mask over an inked background and then laying a Baby Wipe over it to lift colour up. My Baby Wipes are Biodegradable from Aldi. They are over 99% water, so it is a great way to have an even amount of moisture across the surface.
One of the most interesting effects was picking the ink up with a piece of textured Kitchen Paper, which leaves the texture on the surface for some of the surfaces. But, as it is not the most interesting set of pictures to see, I strongly suggest that you watch the video. With this in mind I used one of the surfaces to make today’s card, using Hey Girlfriend and Stampin’ Blends. I hope you find the video helpful and enjoy today’s card.
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Standard A6 Cardbase
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