Hello! I like to practice new techniques on small bits of paper and I think that note cards are a great way to use those finished pieces. I've recently discovered distress inks and I'm having a lot of fun playing with them and using them along with my rubber stamps. One technique I'm enjoying is an embossed resist technique, with resist ink as a watercolor paint. In this "how to" I'll share with you the supplies I have in my personal collection and how I use them. (I am in no way endorsing any of these products, nor am I suggesting that these are the only brands/types you should use. Though I do enjoy these products, there are still others I have yet to discover and add to my personal collection.)
watercolor paper cut to 2.5" x 5"
white (pigment) or clear (watermark) ink
clear embossing powder
heat tool (or oven)
distress ink or watercolor paint
palette, lid, or laminated card
I began by preparing my watercolor paper with the stamped and embossed image.
The melted embossing powder acts as a barrier, resisting ink and paint in the areas of the paper it was applied. Pretty cool, huh?
1. Color your paper with wet ink.
2. Allow it to dry. A heat tool can be used to speed up the drying process.
3. Water droplets can be added to create a "bleached" effect. Let the drops sit on the paper for several seconds. (30 seconds? A minute? You decide.)
4. Use a paper towel to blot the water droplets and reveal your finished painting.
I wondered if it would have been easier to work on ONE large piece of paper that could be cut down later, so this example was a test for comparison. I cut this paper down to 10" x 5". That would give me four cards. I used a pencil and ruler to very lightly mark lines so I knew where to stamp. I also wanted to compare different inks while at the same time using the same clear embossing powder. From left to right the inks are: Memento Luxe, Wedding Dress; ColorBox, White; ColorBox, Silver; and ColorBox, Yellow. I hadn't used my black distress ink yet, so I thought this test would be a good project to use it for. I painted black ink across the length of the paper, then layered colored ink over the first three cards, adding extra black ink over the last. I really like the way they turned out. It's a different effect, and for our gloomy, rainy skies today it seemed rather appropriate. Once the ink was dry, I erased all of my lines and cut the cards down to 2.5".
NOTE: My preference for white ink would be the ColorBox pigment ink because it was much more "wet" than the Memento Luxe. Memento Luxe is GREAT! But for this project, I think the ColorBox was a better pigment ink.
Don't forget to go back and erase those lines! (I do like my Sakura eraser.)
I didn't tape my cards down before painting to keep them flat. When they were dry I stuck them between the pages of a heavy book and let them sit for a bit. It works for me. My cards are informal and handmade. I think the little irregularities add to their handmade charm.
I hope this demonstration offers some inspiration and I look forward to seeing what you come up with. As always, thank you for following along on my handmade journey. Happy crafting!