Thursday, 12 February 2015

Watercoloured background

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Morning Thursday bloggers,
Hope your week is going ok.
I'm looking forward to seeing Lisa later today on 
the Imagination Crafts show on Create and Craft at 12 midday.
Then Sue is on at 6pm so be sure to tune in as there are sure to be some great demos planned and fantastic goodies up for grabs....

So onto today's card featuring an inked background technique.
I apologise in advance for the picture quality but I had to take them in artificial light.
Anyway I started off by swiping Versacolour inks in Canary and Orange across my craft mat.

I then lightly spritzed with water so that I could use a sponge to swipe across my card background.
Watercolour card is a good option or a card that withstands the water.
I was quite gentle with this technique and blended a bit as I went along.

Next I used clear stamps from a set by Artemio called Butterfly Collage.
I'm afraid these might be out of stock now.
You could however substitute with something like the  Carte Postale set.
I placed the stamps on to the inked mat to ink them up, the trick here is not to have the mat too wet or the image will look too smudged when stamped.
This can be seen a bit on the bottom left image.
However we are just creating a watercolour effect background 
so we don't want to worry too much about perfection.
 We are simply trying to create an interesting effect.

I trimmed my card to fit on a 15 x 15cm square card blank, I trimmed to 13cm square.
I then stamped the main images and sentiment from the Artemio set in 
As a substitute you could use the lovely Butterflies by Sharon Bennett for Hobby Art

To finish I lightly sponged Black Soot Distress Ink around the card edge before sticking onto my card base.

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Versacolor Canary  Versacolor Orange  Heat Resistant Mat  Carte Postale
Butterflies  VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black  Black Soot Distress Ink Pad


  1. Lovely effect. I particularly like the postal stamps.

  2. I love the colours you've used in this card Karen. Makes me think of warm summer sunshine!! x Gill x

  3. Another clever background technique that's really effective. Thank you Karen.

    I watched Lisa earlier today and enjoyed the demos and samples. Lisa's so good with her step by steps and tips. Afraid I have to wait for payday for any more purchases though!
    Thank you, Jan

  4. Another great watercolouring technique ! Love the stamps too...

  5. Another background technique plus sponging round the edges with black ,

  6. Love the effect of this technique for the background. Lovely card. xx

  7. I definitely have to get some small ink pads - that is gorgeous, wonderful use of colour and a perfect background. Thanks for the chance and the awesome inspiration Karen x

  8. Great background and so simple, very fresh.x


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