Saturday, 8 May 2021

Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop - May 2021

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am taking part in a blog hop with some fellow enthusiasts who love sharing their creative talents using their Stampin' Up!® products. This month the Stamping Inkspirations blog hop has a floral theme.

I have a bright collection of cards to share with you today. Flowers are cheerful and a delight to receive for many occasions so I have chosen to leave the front of the card free from sentiment. Now, I'm ready to go when I need a card in a hurry!

I have used the Hand Penned Suite to create my cards today, together with the and the Scalloped Contours Dies, which have a gorgeous array of frames. The Hand-Penned Petals stamps have lovely outlines of flowers together with some solid, fill in stamps for the petals and leaves. I am a complete novice at watercolouring, but these stamps give an effortless faux watercolour look and gave me the confidence to experiment!

I stamped several images using Black StazOn ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor paper, to give the best results when as I was introducing water! The layouts for the cards are basically the same, but I tried different ways to colour the flowers.

For the first card the flowers are simply stamped with the solid, fill in stamps from the set. The colours don't line up perfectly with the outlines and that is intentional - you don't have to be too precise and it adds to the faux watercolour look. I have used Gorgeous Grape, Fresh Freesia, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green inks.
The flower spray can be cut out using the coordinating dies. Texture is added by using the Tasteful Textile embossing folder on the layering elements and popping the flowers up on Dimensionals. Wink of Stella splatters, Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon and Matt Black Dots are added as finishing touches.

For the second card I introduced some water to make the ink spread and flow - it's unpredictable but fun! I spritzed water onto the Fluid 100 paper over the stamped image, and as before coloured the flowers and leaves using the solid, fill in stamps. As the ink meets the water it begins to spread and the colours mingle. Each time I did this the result was different and depended on how much water there was on the paper and how juicy my ink pad was (a couple of them desperately needed to be reinked!)

For my third card I used a more traditional watercolouring technique using ink and a Water Painter. I coloured each little section in turn by first dampening the paper using the Water Painter (I used the medium one) and then painting in the ink to colour while the paper was still damp. I
transferred some ink to an acrylic block to act as a palette. The depth of colour is uneven, and it doesn't stay completely with in the lines, but I'm ok with that.

All three techniques were fun to try, and gave different results and I'm not sure which I prefer! I hope that you are inspired by my cards today and that you will continue along the hop to see what the others have created too. Enjoy the projects. We would love to hear from you and so if you have been inspired, please leave a comment. 



Angie McKenzie  ●  Libby Fens  ●  Jo Blackman

Karen Henderson  ●  Jan Musselman  ● Mo Rootes

Terry Hamilton  ●  Tricia Butts  ●  Deb Macdowell

 Leonie Stuart  ●  Narelle Fasulo  ●  Danielle Kassing

Shel Anderson  ●   Teri West  ●  Vicki Milyard

Jill Chapman  ●  Melissa Faust  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Susan Webster  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Susan Simpson

Annette Ball  ●  JoAnn Pollock  ●  Melissa Gifford

Cheryl Hamilton  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith

Satomi Wellard  ●  Alejandra Gomez  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Ann Krucek  ●  AurĂ©lie Fabre  ●  Elaine de Montmorency


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  1. Your cards are all lovely. I don't do much watercoloring but these are so pretty I am willing to give it a try.

  2. Great cards Karen, loving the bold colour palette x

  3. I love all of these Karen! Too hard to chose a favourite! :)

  4. Lovely cards, Karen. Makes a great card set.