Monday, August 28, 2023

Ink Blending 2 with Water Lifting - Group of Seven

Hi everyone.  Today is the Group of Seven Cardmaker's technique post and this month we are playing with Ink Blending of Distress Oxide Inks plus Water Lifting.

Please check out the details for the techniques and link to videos on the blog ...

There are several videos by Kristina Werner on colour combos listed on the Group of Seven blog.  The card above uses Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves.  I LOVE these colours together!

Once my ink blending was done and completely dry (also added anti-static powder), I used my heat tool to emboss my line image Blooming (Penny Black) with white embossing powder. 

I used a paint brush and plain water to paint over the image.  The water reactivates the ink and by simply dabbing with a paper towel, some of the colour is removed (this is called Water Lifting or Faux Bleaching).  I let my panel dry a little before adding the water a second time to lift even more ink.  This made more of a contrast with the ink blended background.

Once I finished the image, the flowers were masked and then diluted white acrylic paint was splattered overtop.   The sentiment (Smiles - Penny Black) was white heat embossed to finish the card panel before mounting it on a card base.

Close-up ...
I really enjoyed these two fun and easy techniques. 

I'm sending the above card to the PBSC August Challenge - One Layer Cards.  This is my second entry this month! :)

... and here's another card using the same techniques ...
The colours used for the above card are Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Inks.  I received a few of these hello die-cuts from a sweet friend a LONG time ago.  It's perfect over the Winterberry Background (retired).

... and finally, a Christmas card using the blending technique (no water lifting this time) ...
I blending DOX ink Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon for the winter sky.  Tore two pieces of white card stock for snowhills and splattered the sky with white acrylic paint for snow.  The row of houses (Simply Celebrate Winter - Lawn Fawn) is stamped in black ink and heat embossed in clear before watercolouring.  The houses were die-cut with the matching die before being popped up for added dimension.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Sending this card to Rudolph Days - Anything Christmas Goes.  Thanks Maureen!

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Card #1:
Stamps:  Blooming; Smiles (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Oxide Inks:  Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves (Tim Holtz);  Unicorn (white) pigment ink (Hero Arts)
Accessories:   Jumbo Sponge Daubers (Tsukineko), finger dauber, White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Watercolour paint brush, white acrylic paint (diluted), splatter brush

Card #2:
Stamps:  Winterberry Background - retired (PinkFresh Studio)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Oxide Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salvaged Patina(Tim Holtz);  Unicorn (white) pigment ink (Hero Arts)
Accessories:   Jumbo Sponge Daubers (Tsukineko), finger dauber, White embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Watercolour paint brush, hello die-cuts (gift from a friend)

Card #3:
Stamps:  Simply Celebrate Winter (Lawn Fawn
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Oxide Inks:  Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon (Tim Holtz);  Black Ink (Memento); Distress Inks:  Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Jumbo Sponge Daubers (Tsukineko), Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Watercolour paint brushes, white acrylic paint, splatter brush



nancy littrell said...

LOVE all 3 of your Distress Oxide Ink Blending cards, Lolly. Your added color lifting is a wonderful effect on your 1st 2 cards and love how you used just the ink blending and stamped colored village for your 3rd card. I can't wait to make more cards using both techniques. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Darnell said...

Three beautifully blended cards, Lolly! You are a master with color blending! I really enjoyed this one and hope to make more. (Love that fun rainbow-colored row of houses!) Hugs, Dolly

HilaryJane said...

Three really amazing cards. Love the look. Hope I can get round to trying it this month. Life seems to keep passing by and I am not getting things done these days hey ho... I do really look forward to your group of seven posts each month. Thanks for the continued inspiration xx

Julia Aston said...

You aced the technique Loll - your first card particularly got a lovely lift off inside the blooms - on some of mine you could hardly see the difference... - so pretty with the colors you used and the white embossing - not sure why I just reached for black EP??!! Your second card uses a lovely coverall stamp and the greens and blue blended are perfect with the leafy design. Your colorful Christmas village is so festive snuggled in the snow with the blended snowy sky! Julia xx

Christine Alexander said...

Three beautiful cards Loll, I especially love your little winter scene with the houses. This was a great technique ♥

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful technique, such pretty cards. I am playing catch up after having been out of town. I’ve checked out all your lovely cards I missed and commenting just the current one. (It gets too overwhelming for me to catch up individually).

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

So beautiful, love the effect.

Colleen said...

OMG Loll, your cards are magnificent! Truly, so very pretty! I can't pick a favorite because each is its own beauty! thank you for inspiring me to get back to it!!

Bonnie said...

What an awesome job of blending, my friend! Love the colors and the contrast with the ink lifting! This is such a fun technique! Love your bright row of houses too. Such a pretty Christmas card!

Lisa Elton said...

Oh, I like that color combination too, Loll! Three wonderful cards!

Bobby said...

Beautiful ink blending and color combinations, Loll. I don't have DOX with me but I'm going to try it with regualr DIs.

Sandy said...

WOW!! What a special post this is - so glad I didn't miss it!!
Sandy xx

Susan said...

Fabulous cards, Loll. Love all of them - great colour choices for the ink blending on each. The Christmas card is beautiful even though it doesn't have the water lifting - such a sweet stamp and die set, and you used gorgeous colours on them. This was a great technique - so glad we did it as I'll use it in the future.

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh what trio of beautiful blended cards Loll - I will have to go and have a look at the blending techniques, and the water lifting. You cards look absolutely amazing

Julie B said...

Three fab blended backgrounds. Love the outline stamps you've used, they are perfect for this technique. :)

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Loll using this mix of ink blending, heat embossing and water lifting, and then the pretty ink blended background with the fun little houses in the snow, all using fabulous colours and the water lifting on the flowers and then on the leaves on the second has worked beautifully. x

Brenda in IN said...

Your color combinations are so pretty on both cards. This is a cool technique without using bleach to lift the color. I like that snowy scene of the village.

TK said...

Gorgeous! Each and every one... such pretty colors, love the soft subtle look of the lifted portions

Marcia Hill said...

Three absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards Loll!! I think my favorite is the first one though and simply because of the colors...what a perfect combination!! Such a simple technique and so striking!! If I ever get over the lethargy of this stupid covid virus (almost 4 weeks now!!) I definitely want to try this technique! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Anna said...

What a fantastic showcase of creativity and technique! Your ability to blend Distress Oxide inks and utilize water lifting has produced stunning results. The way you've employed these methods to create such intricate and beautiful cards is truly impressive

Brenda said...

I do love all your ink blended and lifted cards Loll, it really does give the illusion of bleaching but without the stink of the bleach. LOL Your first color combo is gorgeous, love the PB bloom you used, those are beautiful colors together. I love the greens as well, with the Salvaged Patina's blue/green look. Just beautiful as well with your leaves and berries. Love the big hello too! For your last card, I am loving those colors together for the sky, so perfect for your sweet little "Charleston" Rainbow Houses. That is what they look like to me, Rainbow Row of houses down in Charleston, SC. Such a cute, cute, cute Christmas card and I think it is my favorite. Hugs, Brenda

Leslie Miller said...

Ink blending is one of my favorite things to do because I just love color! Speaking of color, you've picked some beauties. I dearly love the combo on your first card. It's positively regal! Blues and greens combined are definitely go-to colors for me. Pretty leafy background stamping on that one. Finally, that darling row of houses all colorful in the snowy landscape -- love it!

BethB said...

Oh my goodness, the first card looks so much like batik I can hardly stand it. Beyond gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration, even knowing yours wins the trophy.

Helen said...

Beautiful cards - love all of the combinations of colours you've used!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

Papercraft Boutique said...

All three ink blended cards are beautiful, Loll! The color combos are perfect for images of each card. Great job of lifting inks for the first two cards, and coloring the houses of the third card!
Hideko xx

Heather said...

Nice to be reminded of this technique, Loll. Your cards show it off beautifully.