I thought I would try my hand at a painting with ink. I love the Hero Arts Shadow Inks. They are kinda blotchy looking when you first stamp them, but trust me, once they dry, they smooth out REALLY nice.
Today I used a little set of Memento Tear Drop inks and some water to make the background for my sentiment. Of course, if you have real watercolor paint, you can create a similar finish with the same technique.
Watercolor paper is the best thing to do this on – it can stand up to the water without breaking down. This goes for both paintings with ink and true watercolors.
To paint, I just stamped the pads face down on my craft mat (note to self: invest in a box of stain removing wipes and one of those fancy non-stick craft sheets before I try this again). I spritzed the ink with water and dipped my paint brush, and starting with the lightest color, I worked my way across the rectangle I had masked off, blending the colors into each other with extra water.
As a side note, Eclipse masking paper is not water-resistant. The Inkadinkado brand works better. Which brings me to my next step…
When I tried to remove the masking paper, it disintegrated and made a huge mess above my painted area. The bottom edge was ok, so I used a strip of fabric tape to cover the mistakes.
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I die cut a few hearts and the sentiment (one of my favorites) out of black cardstock. Then, I clear embossed all the pieces to add a little dimension and shine. That part came out well, and I really liked how the die cut words looked – like the were written with enamel paint.
I chose ‘Gummy Bear’ from the Bazzill Card Shoppe line of paper to compliment the purple in my painted area, and attached my card front with my ATG. The purple elements look great with the houndstooth pattern of the fabric tape. I linked the washi version below for you 🙂
Do you craft with washi tape? Comment below and tell me how you use it in your crafting!