Friday, October 23, 2020

And now for something completely different ...

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing with some watercolour paints that I bought quite a while ago.  They are made in Japan and are called "Shadow Black inks".  There are six colours and they are all mixed with black so the colours have (in my opinion), a "mixed media" look.

I started by stamping my flower (Radiant - Penny Black) in Versamark ink and heat embossing with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

The center of the flower is watercoloured with Yellowish Black and leaf with Greenish Black.  Then watercoloured the flower petals in Purplish Black.  I thought it looked a bit dull, so added a layer of Reddish Black ink on top of the petals.  Much happier with the colour.  I used the same two colours of the petals (Purplish Black and Reddish Black) to smoosh my background.

I love the smoky look of these colours.  I wanted to keep a monochromatic look so tested out my gray distress inks to find the colour that worked best.  Pumice Stone was very close to Liquid Platinum embossing powder, so used it to stamp the background (Script - Penny Black) on my smooshed card stock.  Used the matching flower die to cut out my flower (Radiant cut out - Penny Black) and popped it up on top, adding foam for dimension.

Close-up ...

Since this is my first try with Shadow Inks, I'm adding my card to the NBUS #19 Challenge.







Stamps:  Radiant (Penny Black); Script (Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Versamark; Shadow Inks (boku-undo.co); Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Liquid Platinum embossing poweder (Ranger); Water mister, Water brush, Radiant Cut-Out (Penny Black)

Challenges:


28 comments:

Mac Mable said...

Ohhh ....Loll you knew I was going to love this...x Mixed media and the most wonderful tonal card. The black shadow inks look amazing and along with the pumice stone and liquid platinum this is one outstanding card...So inspirational Loll x.

Betty said...

WOW - what interesting watercolor inks - never heard of them before - you card is fantastic especially with the liquid platinum accent!

Nstiz said...

I am extremely partial to muted colors so this one just jumped out at me. I LOVE this! Outstanding work on this one, Loll! It does have a mixed media look. What a fabulous effect. Now if I could watercolor I'd jump at that chance to play with those inks but in the meantime I'll just admire your work.

Viv said...

This is just FAB-U- LUSS Lolly! (If you lived nearer I would be round to steal it!) A gorgeous creation and now I am very intrigued about those paints and will simply have to investigate! xx

Bonnie said...

WOW! Again, I say, WOW! You need to frame this, my friend!

Brenda said...

Wow Loll, this is a stunning card! I am so intrigued with those paints you used. They look like they would be really fun to play with and you have showcased them wonderfully! I love the look of these paints on your flower. It is so cool the way they are black, but colored. Not sure how that works, but it is really cool. You placed your beautiful flower on a great background, there isn't anything that I don't love about this card! Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

Who knew you could rock with black. What a dramatic effect. Can not wait to see what you come up with now that you have more experience.

Pat said...

The colours all mixed with black area revelation Loll, who would have thought that they look bright at the same time as they are dark..if you see what I mean..lol. I love the script background and the wonderful smooshing you have done with the paint used on the flower. The platinum EP works brilliantly too. x

nancy littrell said...

Wow...I am impressed with your 1st try with the Shadow Inks. I have used my several times, but have not used a smooshed watercolored background. Love how your background turned out, Lolly and your heat embossed stamped die cut watercolored mixing your colors gave a fabulous distressed look. TFS your beauty, my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Robyn Oliver said...

OH YES, really gorgeous Loll, your colour combo is just fabulous, love the smoky feel and mixed media look... lots different to your amazing CAS cards... let's see more... hugs and stay safe Robyn

Christine Alexander said...

beautiful mix of colours Loll, shadow black watercolours have a wonderful muted tone. The perfect mix of colour and stamp :)

Daffodil Cards said...

Absolutely Stunning card, love those inks and how you made them sing.
Faith x

kiwimeskreations said...

Wow this is so dramatic Loll - love it!
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

HilaryJane said...

That's a really great look, a little different from your usual vibrant colours, but I love it. It is good to ring the changes. I have not heard of those paints and shall look forward to seeing you use them more often xx

Brenda in IN said...

You are always on the cutting edge and teaching us new things, Loll. This is really cool. I would have thought black mixed in inks would be so dark but this is lovely. The liquid platinum really shines.

I Card Everyone said...

LOve the script behind this gorgeous bloom, Loll! It's so dramatic, and nearly spooky, in these colors, right? Not that that is a bad thing at this time of year!
=]

Marcia Hill said...

WOW!!! It's different all right and I'm loving it! It's almost like a vintage look but with the black undertones instead of the browns! I love the script added to the background but the star is definitely that GORGEOUS flower! Lovely, lovely card my friend! Hugs and hope you're doing well!!!

TK said...

Gorgeous! I think all your elements pulled this beautifully together, highlighting those VERY INTERESTING water colors

Susan said...

Completely different for you, Loll, but wonderful! Love the dusty purple shades and the great heat embossed flower!

Leslie Miller said...

This is amazing and certainly does have a whole other look. I love it! The background is super awesome. Very distinctive with these watercolors. Cool!

Anita in France said...

So dramatic and artsy, Loll ... the metallic shine is fabulous with your new black-hint colours! Hugs, Anita :)

JosieD said...

Very interesting and artsy looking card. You are so creative!

Linda said...

Oooh! I love this ..... the background looks amazing. What gorgeous muted colours too, those paints look fab .... I need to check those out!!! xx

Darnell said...

Wow, Lolly, this is incredible! Very moody and beautiful and so creative! The closeup is stunning!! Love, Dolly

Ros Crawford said...

Wow!! This is so eye-catching and I can see that in a frame - it's beautiful!!

BożenA said...

So stunning card and memorable. I love smoky colors. I've never heard of these paints, it's great that you shared information about them. I also love the background, both the stamping of the scribble and the addition of colors ... it's breathtaking and creates a very dramatic scene for this fantastic flower
xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is gorgeous and completely different from your other cards, Loll! The blackish purple looks beautiful with Liquid Platinum. The smooshed visual texture and your wonderful ink color choice for the script stamp make the background as fabulous as the focal flower!
Hideko xx

Ina G said...

Going through some older email and came across this beauty. I know I looked at it in awe but didn't get back to commenting. You have knocked my socks off here Loll. This would have to be my all time favourite of yours and yes there are many. The colours and that embossing powder really make a statement here. I so love this one!