There really is more to the using a blender tool and putting ink to paper. Amy Lee has an instructional class as part of the Altenew Academy classes. I’ve now taken this class as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program – Easy Ink Blending Techniques. As part of this tutorial, there are quite a few very detailed instructional videos to help you learn multiple ways to incorporate your inks and paper into your crafting world. Personally, I was inspired by Amy’s use of inks direct to paper (blending) and then using them as water color to enhance your project.
I created the below card with the Altenew Dearest Friend stamp set. Following Amy’s directions and examples, I’ve used Canson XL water color paper and embossed with white the biggest floral from this stamp set. I selected a few Altenew ink colors I wanted to include in the floral coloring. Using a blender tool, I put ink on my tool, then direct to paper blended the ink color onto the image where I wanted that color. I did this to all the flowers and leaves with the various colors of ink I selected. Now, the fun part. I selected a few Altenew ink colors I wanted to use to add variation to my image; so all the flowers weren’t just one color (as they never are in nature) and pressed them onto my working mat. I spritzed my water color paper a few times with a light mist of water then proceeded to use a damp paintbrush to pick up ink color and lay it on top of the colors I already blended onto the floral. These added colors really enhanced the look of the flowers and leaves: instead of just being pink or yellow, they became shades of yellow and shades of pink. Really a lovely look. This completed the blending and water coloring of my floral image.
To turn my beautiful floral into a card for someone special, I die cut a large oval out of blue cardstock (to match the small blue flowers in the floral). I added foam adhesive to the backside and layered this over the water colored floral. I embossed the sentiment “Dearest Friend” from the same stamp set with silver embossing powder onto dark blue cardstock, gave it a slanted end and placed it towards the bottom of my card. Below is my final card. I hope you like the finished idea and perhaps are inspired to try this technique of blending and water coloring with Altenew inks. These inks are pretty amazing. I truly love the inks and my supply of 4 pack minis are slowing building in various colors.