June the 1st will soon be here!! That means it's once again time for ICAD (Index Card a Day) and Summer of Color (or Colour - s'cuse me if I keep forgetting to do the American spelling.) Yaaaaaaay! And Yaaaaaay again!
I don't usually do a cover card for my index cards but maths revision is particularly stressing me out - so I had a play the other day. I'm going to whisper this next bit - I'm getting a bit fed up with acrylics. Shhh. Shhh. I really want to get better at watercolours, coloured pencils, my Neocolour ii's etc. So I'm going to focus on playing around with those on my index cards each day. (You watch how I drift back to acrylics by the end!)
This is the cover card. I was so chilled out by the end of playing and look - I ended up getting a fab transfer when I ironed off my embossing.
(Have linked because so many asked where I got it)
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks
You can see the gold ink better in this one.
I've posted these on Facebook and Instagram (my Internet and my PC are making it a nightmare to blog recently! I swear they are in cahoots!) I was surprised when so many people asked me how I did it. And then Kyla asked for a blog post so here we go - this is for you Kyla. And anyone else that wants it. I didn't take step by steps of the one above - I literally was just playing. So I did another today... bear in mind that I'm a really crappy stamper.
Clear Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
|Stamp the image, add the powder and do your heat gun thang.|
|Roughly scribble over the entire card, image included, with Derwent Inktense pencils|
*Ahem* Ignore the crisps
|Spray with water to activate smooshiness|
|Smoosh about till you're happy|
|Drip some ink on top of the wet card - spray and hold at different angles to get different effects|
|When the card is completely dry, sandwich between a couple of sheets of printer paper.|
Iron on a high heat.
This is just my normal iron, gets more use for arty stuff than it does for clothes *g*
|You can see the embossing transferring to the underside of the paper.|
When you iron off the embossing you are supposed to get a nice crisp white image. Like I say, I'm a crappy stamper and I kind of like the grunge effect anyway. I originally found this technique via this fab YouTube video. She uses distress inks which I don't have and you don't seem to get the imprint with those. I have done this technique with watercolour paints and Neocolour ii's with some lovely results. (I'm kind of addicted!) But this is the first time I've had such lovely imprints on my scrap paper - I think it's the drawing inks.
Anyway - I hope those that wanted a step by step will have a play - show me if you do? I'd love to see. I reckon as long as you use something fluidy you should get good results with at least the original image - the extra image on my scrap paper was a bonus I didn't expect.
Thanks for stopping by today :)