Today is my fifth and final day as a 2018 Unity Stamp Company Growing in Unity girl. This has been a wonderful experience to be able to share some of my projects with you. I'm so happy for this opportunity to participate in this program for a second year. Thanks Unity!
Today I have a card and video which shows a unique and fun way of using your ink pads to color your images and backgrounds. This technique uses brushes or foam pads to apply dye inks to gloss-coated cardstock.
I am using the lighthouse image from the January 2017 SMAK kit, The Ocean is Calling.
I covered the stamped lighthouse image with my Post-it tape mask, and also added a mask to create a horizon line with the 2" Post-it tape. I left the tape long enough to secure it to my MISTI mouse pad. Now I can create my stormy sky with Distress Ink. You can use most any dye ink on glossy paper for this technique, but you'll want to make sure you have a good archival ink to stamp your images first.
You can use brushes, or makeup sponges, or foam daubers to pick up the ink from for ink pads then use them to apply it to your card with a dragging/sweeping motion. The glossy paper helps the ink move across. Regular cardstock will now work well for this technique. My preference is using the Colorbox stylus with small oval foam tips. I find them easy, convenient and comfortable to use, but other tools and or sponges will definitely work.
I used many ink colors to create the swirly, stormy sky before removing the horizon mask and replacing it above the horizon line to protect that sky. I used several of the same ink colors to create the ocean, leaving the water darkest in the distance and working lighter, even leaving some areas white for waves near the shoreline.
I had to create a landform to ground my lighthouse and did so with distress inks as well. I removed all masks and used small brushes to work small details into my lighthouse with Weathered Wood and Black Soot Distress Inks.
I went back to my MISTI and inked up some, but not all, of the water spray adding it to my card panel with Gina K. Designs White Pigment ink. I knew I wanted more spray, so I painted more in using my tiny Elf makeup brush and the white pigment ink.
My sentiment, from the Layers of Life April 2017 kit, Within Each Of Us was carefully heat embossed with Gina K. Designs white embossing powder.
The video of making this card is available here:
It's definitely a fun technique! Thanks for watching.
And thank you so much for all the comments and encouragement this week! I appreciate you all so much. Hopefully the tips and videos I've shared may inspire you to use your stamps and tools in new ways!
Today is the last day to comment, for the chance to win one of two fabulous prize packs donated by Unity Stamp Company. Notification of the two winners will shared on this blog, and on the Unity Show and Tell and Growing in Unity Facebook pages in the next two weeks. Those lucky winners will receive 25 random Unity Stamps to play with and hopefully try some of these techniques I've shared this week.
Thanks so much for this opportunity, Unity Stamps! And thank you all for joining me!
Have a fantastic weekend!