Sunday 16 September 2012

Indigo Blu Stamps, Distress Markers and Inks, Plus a SplodgeAway Mat

Hi-ho crafters,  I've had a right messy time making this card for today's theme on the  SplodgeAway Blog which is 'Watercolour'. Great fun as well!
Using a SplodgeAway Mat  (more about this super bit of kit in a moment) I applied Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks onto some very smooth white card stock.
Indigo Blu Butterfly.
The Splodge Away Mat helped me to distributed the colours evenly without any lines.... how does it work? Read on...
Normally I would press or swipe the Blending Tool into and across my distress ink pad .
This, on occasion, would result in uneven coverage where the ink was not evenly distributed onto the ink pads surface. Especially when the pad was ‘getting on a bit’!

With a Splodge Away Mat you apply the inks directly from the ink pad onto the mat itself, then use the blending tool to ‘buff’ the ink into a wide but evenly spread area on it’s special surface.
The materials used for the Mat stops any uneven ‘lump of colour and therefore as you go across your project with the Blending Tool it allows a quicker, easier, much smoother application of even colour. It has become one of my 'essential' tools. 
Tim Holtz Honeycomb Background Stamp
Back to today’s card.
After blending all the colours I sprinkled some water onto the distress inks surface to get a 'splattered ' look and then dried it with a heat gun.
The Indigo Blu Butterfly Stamp was coloured directly onto the stamp with various Distress Markers and lightly sprayed with water before stamping to give me the 'Watercolour' effect I needed.

A few dabs here and there with some white acrylic paint, utilising a small bottle top and a plastic credit card to make some lines and circles.You just sort of plonk 'em about a bit!
Mat and layer on to a White card blank, add a Rub on Sentiment .. Job done!

Thanks for looking today …. I'm hoping to get some SplodgeAway Masks soon … more inky fun … can't wait! 
Please see the post below this one for my PanPastel challenge Card.
Eileen x