16 January 2014

Archival Ink 'Watercolour' Backgrounds

Hi everyone. I just wanted to start this post by saying a big thank you to the team at Fashionable Stamping Challenges for including my Christmas Gift Cards in their Saturday Spotlight. It is always a huge honour to be publicly applauded by your peers, especially such a talented team as theirs.

Well, with the excitement and anticipation of all the new releases from CHA still fresh in our minds, I jumped on the new technique using Archival Reinkers shared by the uber-talented Wendy Vecchi. A video is now available at Paperclipping.com HERE. Wendy had been teasing us with her sneak peaks and a couple of journal pages showing some beautiful 'watercolour' backgrounds and now we know how she does it! I set to work as soon as a bottle of rubbing alcohol arrived in the post...


This is a mix of Potting Soil and Cornflower Blue Reinkers. When they mixed a little areas of a more charcoal colour appeared too.


Wendy is quite right when she says that when created, the background inspires the rest of the design. The bottom left hand corner was the perfect spot to add a stamped pile of cases.


I knew an altered metallic globe would work well with the emerging travel theme but it needed the stamped area extending, hence the reason for adding the German script from a Wendy Vecchi set.


I'm really enjoying adding stripes/lines and dots to projects to give the designs structure. In this case two stencils were used with more Archival Ink complimenting the base colours.


The lines are added using Archival Ink applied to the edge of a ruler. I also used a black fineliner pen to draw 'sketchy' lines around the edge over the Walnut Stain distressing.


The alcohol inked surface on the globe is made even more dramatic by applying/drying/rubbing away Black Soot Distress Paint to the metallic base.


Having matted the finished design onto contrasting card it needed more to help balance the sentiment, hence the addition of stencilled white paste.


There are a few more of these backgrounds already done and I'm just finishing them up before sharing them. In the meantime I will be posting a new video tomorrow all about colouring and using Wendy Vecchi's paste so I hope you will join me for that.

In the meantime I'm lucky that the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge has an 'Anything Goes' week which I will enter this in.

Thanks for joining me and until tomorrow, take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx


31 comments:

  1. Good evening Jenny,
    Again another "work of art" it is stunning.
    Congratulations on having your work featured you certainly deserve it. All your creations are well worth recognition.
    I have made one of the lanterns just need to embellish it.
    Happy carfting
    Hugs

    Patricia. xxx

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  2. Gorgeous card Jenny, love the backdrop and the metal globe is gorgeous. I must try this technique . Where did you get your rubbing alcohol from? Tracy x

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  3. I'm speechless! this card is stunning! I Love all , every detail, great work, i'm in love with this card!The globe is amazing, the stamps , the background! Wonderful! BArbarayaya

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  4. Almost an industrial look ...great shiny globe...great card :-)

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  5. Wow, that's a breathtaking card. Love the globe.

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  6. Stunning card Jenny - I have watched Wendy's video and just itching to have a go. You have created such a lovely background - and the globe ........ Just stunning! Jennie x

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  7. Many congratulations on having your work featured Jenny, although I am not at all surprised!

    Love how you used Wendy's amazing technique, it looks wonderful on your beautiful card. The globe is amazing (just managed to get it in the Sizzix sale and I love it) - well, the whole card is amazing. Wonderful work as ever! Hugs, Anne x

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  8. Great work Jenny! You've made a beautiful card ! Thanks for sharing Wendy's technique, definitely one to try x

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  9. Love it! It's a very cool design (:o)Happy weekend

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  10. Oh my gosh this is stunning Jenny, such incredible ink work. Gotta have a go at this.
    hugs {Brenda} x0x

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  11. Great news about your wonderful art being featured Jenny.
    The technique with the re-inkers has worked beautifully on your card which is totally awesome.

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  12. So pleased your work was featured as it was stunning.

    This is also stunning and thank you for the link to the video

    Love Chrissie x

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  13. This is gorgeous - love the browns and blues! Having seen you use that globe a couple of times I think now need it - love maps. Thanks for your inspiration!!

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  14. Fabulous card Jenny. Enjoy the weekend, hugs Annette x


    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Great art. Love the globe, wonder what colors alcohol ink you used. Thank you for the link to Wendy's video!

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  16. Amazing job on this card! I especially love the metallic globe. The colors you chose work so beautifully together. I don't think I could ever part with this!

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  17. Lovely inky technique ... I followed a link to Wendy's video from somewhere else only yesterday - great to see you in action with it already! Love the colours and the metallic globe is so cool!
    Alison xx

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  18. Ohh wow Jenny! Love this! The background is amazing and so is the globe! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  19. Wowzers Jenny that looks fabulous. I don't understand how you did it, but love the result.
    Looking forward to the new video :o) Mo x

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  20. Great technique isn't it, funnily enough, I've been playing with it myself!!

    Love your card and as you say the placement of the cases fits perfectly,

    Sam xxx

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  21. So cool, Jenny! What an amazing background you have created. I'm off to view the video about the alcohol ink backgrounds - thanks for the link. Love that metallic globe too!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  22. Great technique and want to try it, but wondering where you got the background stamps and where the globe came from???? Could you let me know. Thanks. Edna Burgess

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  23. This globe is exceptional! Love love love!!!

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  24. Going to have a look at this technique Jenny as your card is stunning. I love your layering details.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  25. Edna, (or someone who can put me in touch with her) please could you get in touch with me directly at buttonscraft@btinternet.com as I can't respond to your question without your email address, and I really want to help.
    Meanwhile, I've added links to my personal online shopping source.
    Jenny x

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  26. This is stunning Jenny. Love the colours and layers you have created. The globe looks wonderful done in metallics.

    TFS and hugs

    Annie x

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  27. What a gorgeous card, Jenny. The alcohol ink effect is awesome on the globe. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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  28. Wowza Jenny! What a stunning project! Love the beautiful embellishment and pretty background! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  29. And more public applause from Simon Says too Jenny! Many congratulations on your well deserved win over there for this stunning piece. Anne x

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  30. Yay! So happy to see this fabulous card honoured at SSS!
    Alison xx

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  31. What an awesome card!!! Love the globe!!! Congrats too.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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