Hello crafty friends! Today I want to share with you a new (to me) technique that I picked up over the holidays (upside of being sick for two weeks: I had plenty of time to peruse Youtube 😀 ). I call this technique “Faux Water Coloring” because you get the awesome look of water coloring without actually using any water. Instead, we’ll be using a Blender Pen and Distress Inks. Let’s get to the video to see how I did it:
Disclaimer/Apology: This video turned out to be rather long – sorry for that. I wanted to show you in detail how this is done. Please let me know if you feel this is too long or if the level of details was just right. Also sorry for the coughing; still struggling a bit with my cold.
Karin is a goddess when it comes to giving life to these wonderful Purple Onion Design images and it was through her and my crafty friend Sonja Kerkhoffs that I discovered this company and purchased a ton of their stamps. Why am I boring you with this? Because me CASEing Karin’s card is for the challenge over at Kara’s blog who’s celebrating 200 weeks (that’s almost 4 years!!) of adding wonderful card to her Friday inspiration pinboard.
The technique I’m using today is actually pretty easy: you pick up distress ink with a Blender Pen and then put it to paper. I learned this from StampinStuff01 on YouTube, so credit to her for making me aware of this technique.
I have the Stampin Up Blender Pen, which works beautifully with this technique. As far as I know, there is also a Tombow Blender pen which is supposed to work with this and the Dove Blender pen, which I just ordered – it’s refillable, so when my Stampin Up markers run dry, I can continue with the Dove and just buy the solution (links to all products at the end of the blog post).
Two words of caution: first, use a light hand. I hate it when people say that, because I tend to be very heavy handed, but the liquid in the Blender tends to dissolve even the heavy water color card stock, so really – use a light hand.
Also, try not to go over an already wet area again – it will further cause the paper to pill (you get these little fuzzy thingies). I used my heat tool to dry the paper in between layers, but it wasn’t enough. I really should have set this aside for a few minutes or worked on another part of the card to give this the chance to dry through all layers of paper.
Overall, I love the effect, though. You get this awesome look of water color, but you have the control of a pen. I never was able to get an awesome water color look like Karin or Sonja – yes, I’ve taken the Online Card Class, I practice … but I think traditional water color is something that keeps eluding me. With this, though, I can look awesome without the skill 😀
I hope you enjoyed the video – let me know what you honestly think about the length and my blabbing. I want to make videos that you enjoy watching, so it’s important to me to know if you feel comfortable with this length or if you prefer something that’s close to the 10 minute mark (or even less?).
I’m also sending this card off to the Simon Says Anything Goes challenge and to the Curtain Call “Winter Wonder” – even though I’m not adhering to the color scheme of the inspiration photo, I was inspired by the ice skates in the picture and picked the fox because of that.
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