Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Hello Technique Junkies Stamps fans!  

I am in love with the stamps I'm using for my card project today, "Swirl Turtle" and "Psalms of the Sea-Set of 6".  I think they pair beautifully together.  I also used "Paint Rings" from the November 2017 Release in the background.

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To create this card, I cut a panel of 140# watercolor paper and with the stamp in my MISTI, I first stamped the turtle in Distress Oxide Inks, (Broken China, Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans) in areas around the stamp, keeping the blues toward the outside edges and the green toward the inside areas.  I did this several times until I was happy with the layers of inks.  I left the turtle stamp in the MISTI.

I then took my aqua brush and with clear water, used the inks to watercolor the areas inside the inked lines.  I blended and often blotted the ink to get highlights and depth.  Once I was happy with the blended colors, I heat set the inks.  

I then created a mask for the turtle and using the "Paint Rings" stamp, I lightly stamped the background, using the same colors and blending technique with a wash.  Again, I heat set the background. 

Before die cutting the panel, I placed it back into the MISTI and inked the turtle once again but with Distress Oxide Ink "Fossilized Amber" right over the previous stamping.  I did this several times, until I got this amazing texture on the shell...I don't know if it shows up well from the photo, but in real life it's gorgeous.  

For a final touch of texture and detail, I added Glossy Accents to the bubbles around the turtle.  This was such a fun card to create.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you found some inspiration here today and will experiment with your inks and stamps as watercolors.  

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