Today’s card is a quick and easy card using Concord and 9th’s Lovely stamp set and three Distress Ink colors: Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, and Carved Pumpkin.
I started by smooshing the inks onto an acrylic block in a loose diagonal pattern, making sure to overlap the colors slightly. Then I sprayed the block with water using the Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting spray bottle will do) seven times, from about a foot away. I turned the block ink side down and placed it onto an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. I chose to use the smooth side of the watercolor paper to get a lovely smooth finish and to have an easy surface to stamp on.
I weighed the block down under a few heavy books and set a timer for five minutes. When time was up, removed the books and slowly removed the block at an angle so that the last part of the block touching the paper was against the darkest color (pink, in this case). I did this because the inky water tends to pool at the last point of contact and I didn’t want to have a blotch of pink over the orange. I picked up excess water with a paper towel and then let the piece dry, helping it along by using my heat tool, and then letting it sit under the heavy books again to help flatten it out.
When it was dry, I used a Misti stamping tool to stamp the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink. To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.
I used this watercolor block stamping technique on another recent card where I didn’t weigh down the block with books which results in a more textured finish. You can read about that here, as well as see pictures of the inked up block.
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