Hello Lovelies! I've been in a bit of a coloring slump lately so for the Simon Says Stamp Happy and Joyful release, I sought out alternatives to coloring with markers and for todays card, I experimented with ink-blending to color my flowers.
I love the bold lines of the Lisianthus Stamp Set and I thought that it would be perfect for some messy coloring. At first I was going to try watercoloring these pretty flowers, but the new ink cube holder got my attention and I decided to have a go at blending with my Mini Distress Inks.
There are so many ways to use mini inks and today we will use their small size to inks rows of color onto a background stamp and spritz it with water to blend the colors togethe, so here's a quick look the key supplies:
Essential Card Supplies:
Click here to view the full supply list or check out the one linked in the gallery at the bottom of this post when you have finished exploring these cards.
How I'm feeling about coloring right now... :-)
THINKING OF YOU CARD - Stamping, Ink-blending and Die-cutting
Card Base: 4 1/4"" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Layer: 3 3/4" x 5"
Tim Holtz Ranger Mini Distress Ink Cubes - Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Reinkers - Dried Marigold, Cracked Pistachio
Ink the Lisianthus Stamp with Stone ink and stamp onto watercolor cardstock.
Place Mini Distress Inks into the Ink Cube Holder to get ready for blending.
Secure the stamped imaged to the your surface, I am using the Wendy Vecchi Make Art Staytion.
Also gather the Blending Brushes and Detail Blending Tools, keeping a damp rag at the ready to clean your brushes between colors.
Ink a blending brush in Dried Marigold to color the large flowers.
Repeat with Spiced Marmalade to deepen the coral tones and create darker shaded areas on the same flowers.
Use the Detailed Blending Tools inked in Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves to color the smallest blooms. Don't worry about going outside the lines, that's part of the fun!
Finish coloring by inking the leaves randomly with Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio.
After die-cutting it, I elected to darken the lines of the image by re-stamping in Intense Black ink.
This is totally a matter of preference, so skip it if you prefer a more muted look.
Ink the Soft Plaid Background in both Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxides and stamp onto white cardstock.
Spritz the flowers with drops of water and allow to dry creating splotches. Once dry, dip the Splatter Brush into a little, slightly diluted puddle of Dried Marigold and splatter the flowers with the color. Repeat with Cracked Pistachio closer to the leafy areas.
Diecut some purple cardstock using two of the A2 Marquee dies as shown to create a frame. Trim to an "L" shape.
Diecut a white A2 card front using the Detail Mandala Plate.
Ink-blend some white cardstock with Dried Marigold and die-cut using the Etched Berries Die.
The sentiment is stamped directly onto the Plaid Background and embellished with some of the Blooming Lilacs Sequins.
This is a funky color combo, but I think it's growing on me! :-)
The Plaid Background is is popped with Foam Tape and layered on top of the Detail Mandala diecut.
Lovelies, I hope you had fun with me today and you'll try coloring some of your stamps by ink-blending.
Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!
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