Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ink on acrylic blocks!

Hi friends!
I'm back today with another inking technique that you will love!  This is so easy and it doesn't require anything you don't already have at your fingertips... acrylic blocks and ink pads! Here's my card:

To make this beautiful watercolor like design, I took our "Block E" acrylic block which is a little bigger than 3x4" and rubbed ink on the block directly from the ink pad. I started with the purple, then the orange and then the yellow. The inside color is a little trickier to apply as you don't have an edge to swipe the ink pad off of, but it still works! After the block is completely covered with ink, I squirted water on it with a mister about 5-6 times and then flipped the block over and quickly applied it to watercolor paper. I applied pressure for about 30 seconds to let the ink/water really soak into the paper and then lifted up the block. You will get a completely different result every time you try this depending on the amount of ink and water but it is really fun to try. I let the whole thing dry and then stamped the bridge on top with dark purple. You could trim your piece down to cut off the white edges, but I left them as sort of a mat effect.

Here's another card, same idea, only I applied ink to the acrylic block with markers, not ink pads. The look is more subtle and blotchy, not striped.

Because I used a marker here, I could place botches of color wherever I wanted.   You should try this easy and visually stunning technique on your next project!  It's so fun!

I love all the subtleties and variations of this hobby. That's what keeps me inspired and motivated...figuring out how to do something I haven't done before!

Today's February 21st and that means the 2nd half of Sale-A-Bration is here!  We have three new freebie products that are available with any purchase of $50 or more. Here's a peek:

2nd release SAB

Have a great Tuesday!

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