Thursday, September 28, 2023

Dry Embossing with Re-inker Watercolouring - Group of Seven

Hi everyone.  I absolutely LOVE this technique that Christine showed us this month.  It uses Distress Re-inkers to randomly watercolour a background using 2-4 colours.  Using re-inkers means that the colours are very vibrant.  Pair that with creating a simple black background using an embossing folder with ink, and the contrast gives you a WOW! card --- every time! :)

Please check out the details for the technique and link to video on the blog ...
The card and black ink I used made all the difference for me.  I found that cold press watercolour paper gave me the best results.

For the black ink, I found the best for me was Versafine Clair Nocturne.  I'm sure other black inks would work, best to experiment.  Warning ... adding black ink to your embossing folders is a bit messy so be prepared with some paper towels.  And sometimes it stained my embossing folder (depending on the manufacturer). 

The Distress Re-inkers used above are Wilted Violet, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed.  They look so pretty together.

An Embossing Folder (Botantical Folder - 3D - Tim Holtz / Sizzix) was used to create the black background by simply swiping black pigment ink on the inside of the folder - debossed side; then placing your inked, dry panel next to the black ink and running it through an embossing machine.  Mine covered most of the background with the first run through, but not all.  I inked the folder again, lined up the embossed image and ran it through a second time.

The card was finished with a black sentiment banner, embossed in white (Simply Sentiments - Lawn Fawn).

Close-up ...
I'm sending to Can You Handle the Pressure, where it's Anything Goes with Embossing.

I've made a few more of these cards.  This technique is addictive! :)
The card above is made with Distress Re-inkers:  Salty Ocean, Salvaged Patina Ocean, Mowed Lawn and dry embossed with Vine Canopy Embossing Folder (Simon Says Stamp).  A large hellow die-cut (gift from a friend) was added to finish the card.

I'm sending this card to NBUS Challenge #54.  First time using the beautiful embossing folder above. :)

The card above was made with Brushos (Turquoise, Ultra Marine, Violet) on cold press w/c paper, misted with lots of water.  The Woodland Embossing Folder (SU! / Sizzix) was used to emboss and add black ink.  The black was not solid with the first press, so I inked the folder again and ran the panel through a second time.

The above Christmas card is heading to the Rudolph Days September challenge, where it's always Anything Christmas Goes. :)

... and also sending to Peace on Earth Challenge #48 - with optional mood board (see below).

One more quick, CAS card using the leftover ink from the brushos card above ... 

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I hope you'll try out this technique.  If you do, please join us by adding your card to the Group of Seven Cardmaker's blog ... there's a link party at the bottom of the post that's open for the next month.  Hope to see your cards there! 

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Card #1:
Stamps:  Simply Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:   Cold press Watercolour paper (140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Distress Re-inkers:  Wilted Violet, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz); Versamark; Black (Nocturne) Versafine Clair (Tsukineko)
Accessories:   Water mister, Watercolour paintbrush, Botanical Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz / Sizzix), smile die-cut (Penny Black)

Card #2:
Stamps: n/a
Paper:   Cold press Watercolour paper (140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Re-inkers:  Salty Ocean, Salvaged Patina, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz);  Black (Nocturne) Versafine Clair (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Water mister, Watercolour paintbrush, Vine Canopy Embossing Folder (Simon Says Stamp), Large Hello die-cut (gift from a friend)

Card #3 & 4:
Stamps:  Shine Upon You (Penny Black)
Paper:   Cold press Watercolour paper (140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:   Brushos:  Turquoise, Ultra Marine, Violet; Blueprint Sketch distress ink (Tim Holtz); Black (Nocturne) Versafine Clair (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Woodland Embossing Folder (SU!/Sizzix), diluted white acrylic paint, splatter brush



nancy littrell said...

WOW..Indeed and....Addictive Gorgeous Dry Embossing with vibrant Distress Refill Inks Watercoloring Group of Seven Cardmakers Technique, Lolly:-) I found the video very, very helpful and followed it exactly. All Four of your cards are Stunning and really Pop! TFS your Four beauties, my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Julia Aston said...

wonderful samples using this technique Loll - I just used white card and should have tried some with water color paper! Maybe my black would have covered better?! Love the big white hello die cut sentiment on your vine canopy - sentiments can make all the difference in a card! A fun technique for all of us to try! Julia xx

HilaryJane said...

these are all amazing. I can see why you love the technique xx

Christine Alexander said...

Loll, so many beautiful cards. You really did master getting the full black coverage with an amazing pop of colour. I'm so glad you enjoyed playing with this technique ♥

Jenny L said...

Hi Loll,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Your cards are so beautiful and very colourful and such a great technique used.
Love them all especailly the Christmas ones.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Bobby said...

Once you got started you just couldn't stop and that's the sign of a good technique, Loll. Every card is beautiful. I don't have re-inkers but I have tried this technique with random Distress Inking and that has a wonderful look too. You'll see it soon in a challenge.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

A stunning result - I need to try this!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

So beautiful, Loll - you really made the most of that technique!! I especially love the last one with the "leftovers" - great design but they're all gorgeous!!

Vickie Y said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at POE Christmas Challenge.

TK said...

These bold colors are fantastic, Loll! This makes such beautiful cards

Susan said...

What a beautiful batch of cards! You used amazing vibrant colours on the first one, and lovely blues and greens on the second. But my favourite is the gorgeous blue birch trees - just love it!

kiwimeskreations said...

WOW Loll, these are stunning - love your vibrant colours, as as I don't have re-inkers, I was pleased to see that you also use Brusho's, of which I have a few :) Thanks for the hint about using watercolour paper too

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous cards, Loll, no wonder you found it addictive! I must add this to my list of techniques to try.

Julie B said...

Wow indeed Loll, love this technique and I'm going to have to have an inky play! :)

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Such gorgeous results Loll x

Lia said...

Wow, this is amazing! The bright colors are spectacular!

Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards Loll! Each one is so dramatic with the surrounding black background...lovely, lovely cards!! Hugs. :0)

Liz said...

Fabulous collection of cards Loll, I love the effect of this technique. xx

Pat said...

What amazing cards you made using this fabulous technique Loll, and love all the bright and beautiful colour combinations with the pretty flowers and leaves, and then the trees for two great seasonal looks. You have got wonderful results with both Brushos and re-inkers, so as I don't have any re-inkers I will try with my Brushos I think. x

Cat Craig said...

This technique makes such an impact...especially round one of the brusho trees.

Bonnie said...

You got awesome results with this technique, my friend! Not only did you get a smooth black background but you have gorgeous, brilliant colors!

Darlene said...

WOW! What an awesome technique (will be trying that soon). LOVE the colors you chose for your card and your other cards are equally awesome. BEAUTIFUL inspiration my friend! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Can You Handle the Pressure & Peace on Earth challenges! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

JoAnn said...

Wow, great cards with those vibrant colors. Sounds like an interesting technique to try. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda in IN said...

The orange and purple card stole my heart and the blue and green is wonderful. You got great results with this and I love the cards. Using Brusho's made a lovely card too.

BożenA said...

I definitely need to try this technique. Your cards look stunning and the first card with this color choice just blew me away. I adore her!

Papercraft Boutique said...

All of these cards are truly WOW cards, Loll! The contrast of the vibrant colors against the black backgrounds is simply amazing, and the color combos of the inks are so beautiful! The little panel you created using the leftover inks is also pretty, and I can see the different shades of Brusho very well. Thank you for sharing your inspirational work!
Hideko xx

Lisa Elton said...

Each one is as fabulous as the next and all so pretty!

Trina P. said...

These are all strikingly beautiful! I’ve seen this technique done in different ways, but this looks like the simplest way to add the black. Need to try this.

Brenda said...

This technique looks like it is so fun! I love, love, love how all your cards came out Loll, the colors are gorgeous and the black background just makes the colors pop even more. Simply stunning! Hugs, Brenda