Hi, my name is Ink Stained Roni and I am the guest artist for the March Greetings to Go kit - Trees. You might recognize my name (or my blog Ink Stains) from the monthly Club Scrap blog hops I love to participate in.
I'm a stamper at heart, so I was very excited when I saw the fun images offered on this month's stamps, not to mention the great sentiments! The rest of the kit is just as exciting: the colors, designs and embellishments are a paper-crafter's dream. When I first saw the kit in person, "watercolor" instantly came to mind, so I went with it.
I mainly use Ranger inks. Tricia's blog post suggested Adirondack's Espresso, Pesto and Mushroom as good matches, so I dug them out of my stash. I also wanted to incorporate watercolor techniques, so I did a bit of color-matching of my own with the Distress product line. I discovered Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Iced Spruce and Bundled Sage complimented the Trees collection nicely. I used a waterproof black ink and a combination of Distress Ink Pads, Markers and Stains for my cards. I also used a rotary cutter, double stick foam tape, scissors and a Niji Waterbrush.
Beige Cards 4.5" x 6.25"
Stamp the faded blocks (Collection UM) and dot background (Borders & Backgrounds) stamps with Iced Spruce to create the background for this card.
|Distress markers direct-to-stamp.|
Color directly on the tree image stamp using Walnut Stain and Forest Moss Distress Markers. Create the watercolor shadow below the tree by picking up a bit of Iced Spruce Distress Stain (directly from the dabber top) with the Niji Waterbrush.
|Coloring with Distress Stains and Waterbrush.|
|Detail of stain-colored image.|
The Cutaparts, ribbons and fibers can be combined with stamping for more beautiful cards.
Light Green A2 Cards - 4.25" x 5.5"
|Close-up of waterbrush technique.|
The card below shows the contrast between the waterbrushed leaves (using technique described above) on the front of the card vs. the untouched trees stamped on the inside flap.
Dark Green Cards - 3.5" x 8.5"
More fun watercolor with the Niji Waterbrush and Distress Inks:
I hope you enjoyed my cards, and that I've inspired you as well.
Ink on my friends...Ink on!
Greetings to Go Guest Artists are given the current month's Club Scrap materials to work with:
- Greetings to Go Pack
- Embellishment Pack
- Collection Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
- Greeting Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
- Art Nouveau Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
- Extra 8.5 x 11" plain papers from the monthly kit
The artist may also choose to incorporate items from their own craft stash, as well as different inks and art mediums. We do our best to make note these additions in the card descriptions whenever possible.