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A big congrats to Vicki, the Featured Stamper on Splitcoast (FS329)!  What a wonderful gallery she has! I chose her Thanks card to case. I kept the layout and flower theme, but I used different images, different colors and a different embossing folder.
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I had a background I had water colored using reinkers, and I liked the colors, so I stamped the poppy image on top. I really wanted a white bg like Vicki’s so I fussy cut the poppies and placed them on a very lightly sponged die cut oval. A bow and die cut tag w/ the sentiment were added. I used a strip of dp and for the very narrow orangey strip, I just ran an apricot Copic marker down a piece of white c/s to get the color. The white bg was embossed and then everything was attached to my 4.25 x 5.50 white card. I added a bow (it was white and I colored it w/ Copics) and a few black pearls to finish it.

Congrats again and enjoy your week, Vicki! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great Memorial Day!

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Stamps: Hero Arts (poppies), Stampendous (greeting)
Paper: Neenah white, dp (Basic Grey -Green at Heart), water color
Ink: Versamark, Versafine onyx, Memento tuxedo black, rosebud, angel pink
Accessories: Spellbinders petite oval die, ODBD/Spellbinders tag die, black pearls, dye reinkers for w/c bg, Quickutz embossing folder (Dainty set)


Supplies Needed

Supplies Needed

  1. Watercolor paper
  2. ¾” Flat Wash Paint Brush
  3. Adirondack reinkers in Butterscotch, Ginger, Raisin and Eggplant (I keep drops of mine in these little round, divided craft containers-it’s fine when they dry out; just reactivate with a little water)
  4. Tiled Quad Cube stamp (Stampendous)
  5. Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold ink (Tsukineko)
  6. Clear Embossing Powder & Heat Tool
  7. Water


(Click any picture to enlarge)

Step 1

Step 1 & 2

Step 1:

Stamp image repeatedly onto watercolor paper using the gold ink. Coat with clear powder and heat emboss.

Step 2:

Use the paint brush to wet the entire piece.

Step 3:

With the water loaded paint brush, pick up some of the Butterscotch ink and begin washing it across the wet background. Begin at the lower edge and work your way up. The ink will become lighter as you move up the page. When adding more ink, always begin at the lower edge.

Step 2



Step 3 after application of Butterscotch ink

Step 4

Step 4

Step 4:

With the water loaded paint brush, pick up some of the Ginger ink and float in only on the bottom ½ of the piece

Step 5

Step 5


Step 6

Step 6

Step 5 & 6:

With the water loaded paint brush, pick up some of the Raisin ink and float in on the bottom 1/3 of the piece. Finally, float in a little Eggplant ink on the lower 1/3. I used Eggplant because I don’t have a darker brown reinker. Since the dk. purple Eggplant is the opposite (or complement on the color wheel) of the orangey yellows it will produce the brown color I need.


Let the piece dry for a few minutes, then load the paint brush with water and add a little Eggplant ink. Tap the paint brush against your other hand while holding it over the piece. This will produce a splatter pattern.

Finished background

Finished background

Finished Piece:Comparasion: left was done with reinkers, right strip was done with traditional watercolor paints.

Comparison- reinkers on left, tradional watercolors on right

Comparison- note reinkers are slightly more transparent


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Finished card using the background


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