Monday, November 18, 2019

Atelier Inks water colour backgrounds with Erica

Hi guys!

Today I have three cards to share with you. All of these are made with the re-inkers of the Atelier Inks, and I have used them as water colours, to create rainbow backgrounds.

These cards are a slightly different size, they are 6.5”x3.5”, so slimmer and longer than my usual card size. I thought this size might work better for the look I was after and I do like how they turned out!

The re-inkers I used are Peacock Blue, Goddess Green, Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange and Marilyn Red. I used a palette tray and dropped a bit of each colour into a separate space to keep them from getting contaminated. After taping down each panel, I used a big paint brush and clean water to prep it. Once wet, I swished some colour into the wetness on the panel. Each colour had their own paintbrush for this too, again to avoid colour contamination.














Each panel was done slightly differently, and the one I thought I would like the least, is the one I ended up loving them most. Isn’t that funny? When I was doing it, I was thinking to myself ‘oh well, at least I’m having fun but this is not going to turn out very good’. Little did I know!

When the panels were all dry, I decided to use the ‘Thanks’ word diecut from the Pumpkin Patch coordinating diecut set. However, I wanted each card to be just a little bit different. On one panel I used the diecut directly, then added some height to these by layering two more cut of out white card stock.





















As a final flourish I added Liquid Pixie Dust to the letters for sparkle.




















Another one had grey and gold ‘Thanks’ cut out and layered up, slightly off-centre.




















These were adhered to the card to make it relatively flat. The grey behind the gold highlights it beautifully, without the harshness black would have added. I tried, and it didn’t look quite right.




















On the last one I used the diecut on five coloured pieces of card stock, similar to the ones on the panel, and layered these up. The effect is a rainbow when you look closely.




















To make these stand out a bit more I added a final layer of black ‘Thanks’ on top.




















I also have a video up on my YouTube channel showing the process if you want to see the whole thing in action.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post (and video if you watch that) If you are wondering whether to get these inks or not, I’m in the Yes camp for sure. I adore the colours and as you can see, the re-inkers works beautifully as water colours amongst other things!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica







Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Atelier Sand Dollar Tutorial

Hello my fabulous friends! 
It's Kassi here today!

I grew up hiking the mountains and and playing in the sands of Utah. It's a beautiful place, with lots natural diversity from the snow covered ski slopes in the north to Zion and Arches National Parks in the south.  And while I spent my summers boating on Lake Powell,  I was 17 years old before I saw an ocean for the first time. 

When I was in my mid 20's, I was able to spend some time touring the beaches, forests, and waterfalls of Oregon and Washington State with my parents and my camera... and I fell in LOVE.  I ended up moving to a rural town with beautiful ocean beaches less than an hour drive away. The beach is one of my happy places! 

The first year after moving near the ocean, I collected a bunch of sand dollars and made Christmas ornaments to send to my family.... and I've been altering sand dollars ever since!

Want to learn how? I promise, it's easy!


Paper: tissue paper
Stamps: Inkon3 Big Bold Magnolias
Ink: Inkon3 Blackout
Coloring: Inkon3 Atelier Watercolor Inks
Other: glitter, ribbon, twine, sand dollar

Let's get started!


Step 1: Stamp your image onto some white tissue paper (you know, that really thin, cheap paper you stuff in gift bags to make them look fancy) using Blackout ink. I suggest putting a scrap piece of paper under the tissue paper... The ink will bleed through, and you want something to absorb it so it doesn't smear anywhere. I also suggest using the MISTI since trying to stamp on thin tissue paper can be tricky. I'm using one of the flowers from Big Bold Magnolias set.

(yes, I know, I usually go with Fadeout and no line coloring... but because of the nature of this paper, lines are just better)


Step 2: Create a watercolor palette by smooshing various Atelier ink pads onto a non-porous surface (I'm using a piece of glass).  

Usually I use alcohol based markers to color on tissue paper, but I wanted to see if the new Atelier inks would work for this.
 What can I say... I like experimenting and seeing just how far I can stretch a product!


Step 3: CAREFULLY color your image by picking up some color using a damp paint and applying it to your image. Tissue paper is VERY thin, and NOT designed to be used with watercolors, so you don't want to over work things, or you might end up tearing it. This is why we want dark lines... It's really hard get any kind of detail or definition on paper that isn't meant to get wet. 


Note: You may have noticed that the blue on my palette is not the same blue as my flower. The Peacock Blue straight from the pad is a bright blue, and not what I wanted for this flower... However, just like other watercolor mediums, you can MIX colors to create new colors!

The swatch labeled "B" is what the blue ink looks like. The "B+o" is the blue with a LITTLE orange.  To get the "B+O", I added a bit more orange to the B+o.   The muted "G+r" is the green ink with a LITTLE red.  Currently there are only 8 colors in the Atelier line.. but you can get countless other colors by mixing! 


Step 4: Fussy cut. You can use the coordinating die if you want, but the more excess paper you have, the harder it is to hide. The idea is to make it look like the tissue paper isn't even there when we are done.. so I prefer fussy cutting. 


Step 5: Prep your sand dollar. If you are using a sand dollar you have picked up off the beach, you are going to want to wash it really well, and get all the sand out. Then let it dry COMPLETELY. If it hasn't sat on the beach long enough to bleach white, you can soak it in a mix of water and bleach for an hour or so, then rinse it in clean water and let it dry in the sun.

If you don't live near a beach, you can often find sand dollars in craft store, or online. 

Some types of sand dollars naturally have holes in them... Mine don't, so I use a hand drill to carefully drill a hole... Sand dollars are soft, and do best if you are gentle with them.


Step 6: Paint a layer of Mod Podge (or other decoupage glue) on the surface of the sand dollar, and quickly lay your image on it. The sand dollar will absorb the glue quickly, so work fast... if areas dry before they adhere to the paper, carefully lift the paper up a bit and get some glue under it and smooth the paper back down.. you want a good seal under the image and around all the edges. 

Once you have it glued on, gently cover the entire surface with a layer of Mod Podge.  Don't over work this... If you do, your colors might start to smear, and your paper will tear. I like to use a make-up edge to do this as bristles of a paint brush might snag or tear the fragile tissue paper. Let it dry completely.


If you are opposed to glitter, feel free to skip this step.... 

Step 7 (optional): Paint on another layer of Mod Podge, and cover in clear/iridescent glitter.  Allow to dry completely, then tap off any loose glitter.


Step 8: Finish by tying a loop of twine through the hole, and adding a bow (or any other embellishments you want)

These look beautiful on a tree, or hanging in a room! They make fabulous gifts, and are a fun way to preserve your travel souvenirs!

If you give this technique a try using Inkon3 products, please share your creation with us our Facebook group, or by using the hashtag #inkon3. We love seeing what you create!

Hugs!
~Kassi

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Atelier Inks & Big Bold Magnolias

Hi everyone! It’s Jeannie (InsideoutJeans) on the blog today with featuring Ink on 3's new Atelier inks! The card I'm featuring today was entirely colored using the new Atelier inks plus the beloved Blackout hybrid ink.


Here's a little summary of the inks and what they can do:
  • Artist Grade Quality
  • Specialty, Water Reactive, Fusion Ink, Acid-free and archival
  • Water coloring (remains bright even after dry)
  • Stamping, Blending, Embossing
  • Color Layering
  • Artistic, Bright, Crisp Impressions,
  • Alcohol / Copic Marker friendly (air dry or heat set)
  • Full coverage on solid stamp images
  • Fun effects - After inking surface, spritz with water.
  • Buttery Smooth - Create beautiful blended backgrounds, using a blending tool or brush.
  • Blend over stencils.
  • Works on most paper surfaces.
For my card today, I'm using the inks alongside the Big Bold Magnolias stamp set, which were stamped out using Blackout hybrid ink. I'm only using THREE colors to color up this entire card: Marilyn Red, Bee Sting Yellow, and Goddess Green. I decided to use the re-inkers because I wanted to watercolor.

I started off with the background and painted an ombre using Marilyn Red and Bee Sting Yellow. The two colors blended together to create a smooth ombre look without any grittiness or chalkiness. I was especially shocked by how vibrant the yellow was! 
Next, I went ahead and used the three colors (Marilyn Red, Bee Sting Yellow, and Goddess Green) to color in the floral images. I'm definitely not a pro at watercoloring, but these were really easy to use.I found that the lack of water spots really played a role in these inks. I have a tendency to end up with random spots that dried but the inks were super forgiving. 


I wanted to use a sentiment from the Heels to You stamp set. For the die cut words, I actually used the Bee Sting ink pad and covered a piece of white cardstock and then die cut the words "Beautiful" and "Friend" from the Heels to You coordinating die set.   You can really see the vibrancy of the yellow from the ink pad! 


I added a few embellishments to the card and that finished up the card. I'm loving how I can use the same medium to color up an entire card. Have you checked out the inks yet? My first impression is that they are pretty amazing! 

If you want to see them in action, head over to the Inkon3 YouTube channel.


Thanks for stopping by! Come back again soon for some more inspiration and ideas! Happy Crafting!


Monday, October 28, 2019

Simple Sweet Posies Card

Hello Crafty Friends! It's Cheryl with the Inkon3 creative team here to share a sweet and simple card using the Posies stamp set. 

I stamped the water pitcher, stem, and posies using the Fadeout No Line Coloring Detail ink onto white card stock. I love how the ink fades away, meaning no need to mask! I simply stamped where I wanted the flowers, and colored the flowers in! Once the image was colored, I fussy cut the stamped and colored image.
Copic Colors Used:
Pinks: R81, RV00, V0000
Blues: B0000, B000, B00
Blue-Greens: BG10, BG000
Greens: G43, G40, G24, G20
 

Next, I die-cut a few scalloped squares, one large square and two small ones. I used distress inks to add color to each of the squares. Then I used some water to activate the inks to give some subtle details to the background. 


Then I cut out a large scalloped rectangle using beige patterned paper. I chose beige so that it doesn't overpower the soft no-line colored image.

I then heat embossed the sentiment "You're the Best" onto the large square and then assembled the card. I adhered the large scalloped rectangle onto the base of the card. Then I adhered one small scalloped square on opposite corners of the larger rectangle. Next, I adhered the large square over the two smaller square. Once all the squares have been placed onto the card, I adhered the colored in image of the Posies in the glass pitcher.  Lastly I used some Nuvo jewel drops to add a few clear drops onto the card.


I hope you liked this tutorial! <3

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dia dos Muertos - You're Sugar Sweet Skull Card


Happy Weekend friends, Ilda here!

This year the Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2, typically it is November 1st the day after Halloween. "Día de Muertos" is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. The day is viewed not as a day of sadness but as a day of celebration as their loved ones awake and celebrate with them. This day is also known as all Saints Day and is celebrated by many Catholics around the world. So I thought it would be fun to create a card in honor of this special day.

CARD DETAILS

The stamp I am using today comes from Ink On 3's SUGAR SKULL stamp set. I began by stamping out with Versafine Onyx Ink and then heat setting the image with CRYSTAL CLEAR embossing powder. I then fussy cut the simple image.


Next, I colored in the skull using a variety of shimmer powders that I had watered down to watercolor with. I then stamped the sentiment using BLACKOUT Ink onto the card base and popped the skull image in place.


To embellish this simple card, I added some flower petals sequins and finished the centers with a seed bead. I also added glossy accents to the image for some added dimension.

I hope this very simple yet colorful Sugar Sweet Skull Card inspired you today. Thank you all for stopping by. Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

Ilda

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Sugar Skulls Stamp Set
Sugar Skulls Stamp Set
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Crystal Clear Ultra  Powder
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Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad
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Strathmore Bristol Pad
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