Updated: Aug 25, 2019
Hello lovelies, a big welcome to the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop. This month's theme is the Pigment Sprinkles or Inked Background. What fun!!
I'm Sharni Haines from Australia you may have started here or come from our amazing host Sara Levin either way have a look and keep on hopping around to see what fabulous creations everyone has to share with us!
I have never worked with Coloured Pigments and this was a personal challenge for me to try it out. My craft room is mainly white with cream carpet...so yes, I was a little nervous! I won't lie to you, these little pots of powder are amazing, but need to be respected! LOL.
I observed and researched numerous youtubes and tutorials to find out all about this product and what ways they can be used. The biggest tip I have for you before we start is less is best! (the pigments are a strong die and you do not need very much) Also, ensure you have paper towels, wet ones (baby wipes) for clean up on hand. And be prepared to get your hands dirty! (even stained!)
I used three different techniques for my cards as I wanted to try out different ways and to see the finished effects.
These cards were made by mixing the Pigment Sprinkles with water to create a 'paint'.
If you are a beginner, I suggest starting with this technique first!
I sprinkled a bit of colour onto a stamp base - Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody & Melon Mango.
I then mixed the colours with some water from my Aqua Painter - starting with the lightest colour and brushed it onto some Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper that was lightly taped down onto a waterproof surface. While I brushed the colour onto the paper, I also gently squeezed the pen to allow water to flow to ensure the paper was wet enough to help the pigments spread across the paper. I cleaned the brush between each new colour.
I did two papers at the same time. I was going for a sunset style background. Once I had done all three colours, I then picked up a bit more Melon Mambo and using the lid of the Aqua Painter, I flicked the liquid onto my paper to give a speckled effect. Because the paper was still very wet, the pigments spread out as they dried. It's fascinating to watch!
I let these papers dry naturally, I find they tend not to bow and distort so much that way. I then glued the painted background to the front of a base card and stamped an image repeatedly over the waterpaper in Memento Black. I used the Friend Like You Stamp Set.
I cut out Basic Black A4 with the coordinating die the Friendly Silhouettes Dies and stuck the Foam Adhesive Strips all around the edge before adhering to the card.
And there you have it! I did like this technique because it was quite easy and you seem to have a fair amount of control when using and applying the pigments...very similar to using ink refills. (But a bit more fun because the pigments do add a little more interest!)
In fact, I liked this technique so much that I went ahead and made 4 more cards!
I wanted to try out other colours from the collection, so went a little wild with this one.
The technique was the same as the very first, here is a picture of how the pigments appear when wet. This time I used Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Gorgeous Grape.
Wet paper...the pigments move around on the paper wherever there is water, and it always looks different once it has dried. I flicked Gorgeous Grape over the finished surface while it was still wet.
Dried paper. You can see how strong the pigment powders are by the way they spread out.
I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed using White Embossing Powder.
The second technique I used was with watercolour paper again, stuck it down to help hold flat and just wet the surface of the paper with my Aqua Painter - mainly concentrating around the middle of the card. The outer edges I kept dry. I then sprinkled some Bermuda Bay onto my stamp base and picked up a few pigments at a time with a small DRY paint brush. I then picked up the card (still stuck to a water proof material) and just moved and rolled the paper all around until the colour spread and mixed with the water.
Up close you can see some of the pigments that did not dissolve/mix fully in with the water and stayed unmixed. This was using only one colour - Bermuda Bay - amazing how there must be so many colours mixed to create just one shade!
I decorated this card with the We'll Walrus Be Friends Cling Stamp Set and some Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to mimic air bubbles.
For my final technique and last card, I used the Embossing Technique - You emboss your image ( I used the seaweed from the Magical Mermaid Cling-Mount Stamp Set ) with White Embossing Powder and then wet the whole card (watercolour paper) with my Aqua Painter and directly sprinkled on Bermuda Bay Sprinkles.
Because the card was so wet I need to dab the edges with some paper towel during the process, but I loved how it turned out.
The water and the pigments wanted to stay around the heavily embossed areas - which left an interesting finish....could I do it again and look the same? Most likely not!
Well that's all for now! I hope you found this useful and motivational? My class will be making these cards with me in September...I can't wait!
A big thank you to the lovely Sara Levin for inviting me to the hop!
Ensure you keep going with the Hop to see everyone else's beautiful work....I can't wait to see the amazing creations from everyone else! Just click on the links below to see more. Next up is the awesome... Danielle Bennenk !
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