Friday, October 19, 2018

Distress Inks | Ink Blending, Watercoloring and Smooshing Technqiues

In this video I used several of my favorite techniques to use with Distress Inks. Plus the ole' Martha Stewart drippy goo border punch makes another appearance.

Watch the video here.



I created the caramel ink blend first with Bristol Sooth cardstock. I sketched out the shape of the caramel with a pencil on the back side of the paper and trimmed it out with a scissors. Now I can use the Martha Stewart Drippy Goo border punch on the narrowest area. I splattered this with just a bit of water and set it aside to dry fully.



For the background I used Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. Using Canson watercolor paper I smooshed the 2 red color ink cubes onto the Glass Media Mat. Then spritzed it with the Distress Sprayer. Applying the Canson watercolor paper directly to the ink and lifting up. I repeat this until I get a full coverage. Then blast it with my heat gun to set it. I don't want to dip this paper into the green ink when it is still wet. 

After cleaning up the red ink I do the same steps with the 2 green Distress Ink cubes. This time though I try to dip the watercolor paper into the green ink where there is not a lot of dried red areas. That way the green inks will have a chance to sink into the paper and not muddy up. Because when you mix red and green you get brown and I'm trying to preserve both colors. There will be some brown mixed in and more brown towards the center where the 2 colors really mixed  together. 



Heat setting it again and cleaning of the glass I die cut with a Lawn Fawn Dot rectangle die. Then use the same ink cubes again and a ink blender to blend on more ink and intensify the colors that are already smooshed on the watercolor paper.   

I stamped the caramel apple images with Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink and watercolored those in using the exact same colors that I used on the smooshing and the caramel ink blending. For this I used a waterbrush and the bristol smooth cardstock. Even though bristol isn't a watercolor paper you can still use this technique on it as long as you don't use too much water and the paper starts to peel. The less water the better. Water brushes like the one I used release a constant small flow of water so if you have trouble with it some people find a traditional watercolor brush easier to use. Either way will give you the same effect. 



I die the cut the apples with the coordinating dies and also use a couple of the lawn fawn rectangle dies to create a scallop border in white cardstock. I layered the caramel ink blend piece over some dark gray and added the frame to the top then adehered that to the center of the red/ green smooshed ink piece, which I had already attached to a blank Neenah card base. Then added a sentiment that I heat embossed using the sentiment in the Lawn Fawn Caramel Apple stamp set and white embossing powder. I also used a glitter pen and glossy accents over the top of the apples to make them sparkle and shine. 




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