Monday, July 25, 2011

Re-inker Spread Technique


I'm really looking forward to having Heather and Leslie join me in the art studio this Wednesday!!  Heather has been here a couple of times in the past few months ... once to learn how to brayer and another time when she made a beautiful Mother's Day card.  She is very artistic and loves to experiment on her own.  Her plan is to come over and just play with my stamp collection and have lots of laughs!!  This will be Leslie's first time here and I wasn't exactly sure what she'd like to learn, so I came up with a couple of cards using the "Re-inker spread technique" developed by Dawn Olchefske (click here to see Dawn's video tutorial).  It's such a beautiful way of water coloring flowers, etc.  The only change I made from Dawn's instructions, was using watercolor paper instead of the glossy paper from SU! (which means less water is needed - just lightly mist, no need to saturate paper with water or have water pooling).  The great thing about using water color paper is I find it more forgiving.  You can let it dry and then mist and re-ink again to add more color, etc.  I find if you play with the glossy paper too much, it becomes dull and the ink colors aren't true.

I came up with two cards to make with Leslie using the above technique.  The first one uses the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set from SU!.  I used the technique on the rose and also on the leaf sprigs.

"Fifth Avenue Rose"

 
 
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The second card also uses the "Re-inker spread technique" with the Fabulous Florets stamps set from SU!  This is a copy of a card I saw done by Beth (bobkitten at SCS) - click here to see Beth's card.  I love everything about Beth's card, only changing up the background paper so that I can show Leslie how to make her own sponged background paper that always matches her inks. 
 
"Fabulous Florets"
 
 

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