I thought I'd stick with our watercolor challenge this month and share a simple technique for getting those wonderful watercolor backgrounds. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink from Ranger for this particular project. Step by step images and instructions can be found below the images of the cards.
Step One: I "squished" Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, and Spiced Marmalade onto my non-stick craft mat from Ranger.
Step Two: I sprayed the inked area with my spray bottle until the ink beaded up as shown below.
Step Three: I "smooshed" my paper into the wet ink. I like to use the Mixed Media Paper from Strathmore. However, you could also use watercolor paper for this technique.
Step Four: I turned my paper over and tilted it from side to side to move the ink.
Step Five: I then dried the ink with my heat tool.
Step Six: You can stop here if you like. I didn't. I wanted more color variations and puddles. So, I dipped several select areas of the paper back into the remaining wet ink.
Step Seven: Dry again with the heat tool.
This would make a beautiful background for a card. I used it to die cut two Easter Eggs and create the card shown at the top of this post. I'll be posting a card on Saturday using this same technique for a background.
Additional Supplies Used:
Die-namics Embellished Eggs from MFT Stamps
Embellished Eggs stamp set from MFT Stamps
Spring Backgrounds stamp set from MFT STamps