Tuesday 23 January 2024

Ink Lift Floral - Water Lifting Technique

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A trio of cards using the retired To A Wild Rose stamp set and water to lift colour.
The blue one is Misty Moonlight ink on Boho Blue Luster Speciality Paper
The other two cards have a base of gesso

I thought I'd go back to an old favourite of mine - colour lifting.  

If you've been around forever, like me, you'll remember heat embossing a design and then carefully applying bleach with an old paintbrush to lift the colour ... all while trying to ignore the horrible smell of the bleach and wearing old clothes in case of accidents!  But I did love the results of that technique!  I used to use bleach to paint little scenes for Christmas cards!

I have tried lifting the colour with water in the past, using coloured cardstock.  However, the coloured cardstock isn't designed to handle water and I haven't been keen on the results.  

But I've been experimenting again and am really happy with the results of two of my experiments: the first was using Luster Speciality Paper and the second was using a variety of cardstocks coated with gesso that I coloured with several drops of reinker.

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The monochromatic approach gave a muted but elegant look to the project
Label is cut with die from the Delicate Forest die set (162679)

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The tools and products I used for this project

A.  Water ink lift technique on Luster Speciality Paper 
For the blue card above, I used the Stampin' Up Luster Speciality Paper (151746).  The pack contains two 12" x 12" sheets each of the 2023-2025 In Colours and I chose to work with the Boho Blue.

The Luster paper has a coating which means that it can handle the water.  It does also mean, however, that ink tends to sit on top and needs patience or a heat tool to dry sufficiently.  I had so much fun I really thought it was worth it!  Depending upon how much water has been applied, the paper may warp a little - just pop it under something heavy for a while to help flatten it again.
  1. Apply a coat of ink all over the luster paper. 
    TIP: choose a shade that will provide sufficient contrast to the paper colour either in a similar colour for a monochromatic project or a different colour.

  2. Dry the ink thoroughly with a heat tool (or wait until it's dry)

  3. Use Stazon Jet Black ink (or alternative permanent, water-proof ink) to stamp the image. 
    TIP:  It's best to use a stamping platform because I have found that I always need to stamp the image at least 2 or 3 times to get an image that's dark enough. 
    TIP: The chosen image should have clear lines and be suitable for colouring. 
     
  4. Dry the ink thoroughly with a heat tool (or wait until it's dry)

  5. Use a brush to paint water onto the image, a section at time, and then blot with a clean piece of paper towel.  This will lift the ink from that area.  Repeat until you're satisfied with the amount of ink that's lifted.  You could use a Water Painter (151298) but I find this gives me less control than I like.
    TIP: Unless you want to transfer ink from one place to another, rinse the brush before each water application.
    TIP: To avoid accidents and finger prints, use a piece of paper towel to hold your project and under your working hand.  Moisture from your hands will also lift the ink.
    TIP:  for the more advanced or adventurous - try leaving some shadows (eg under petals) by varying the amount of ink that you lift and/or transferring some of the ink 
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The Boho Blue Luster paper before and after adding the layer of  Misty Moonlight ink.

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The work in progress, painting with water and then blotting to lift the ink


B.  Water ink lift technique on cardstock "altered" with coloured gesso (or uncoloured)

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For this card I used some drops of Crushed Curry reinker in white gesso for the undercoat
The top coat is Blackberry Bliss ink
  1. Transfer some white gesso to a small container - I find a little goes a long way and probably used about a dessertspoonful. 

  2. Add some colour - I used ink from my reinker botte, adding a few drops at a time.  Alternatively, you could use a little acrylic paint.  Mix well.

  3. Evenly paint the surface of your choice with the coloured gesso.  I've used Basic White cardstock (159228), Basic White Thick cardstock (159230) and Watercolour paper (149612) but you could try other surfaces too: eg cardboard, wood ...

  4. Allow the gesso to thoroughly dry.  Since I'm impatient, I used a heat tool to help it along!

  5. Follow steps 1 - 5 from the Luster Paper instructions above.
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This is the work in progress, having done one application of lifting to each petal without rinsing my brush.  This gave me a softer ink layer which made it easier to leave a few soft shadows

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I used the same gesso mix on Basic White cardstock with a top coat of Pretty Peacock ink

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I softened the ink on the flower, as above, by starting with one application of lifting one petal at a time but without rinsing my brush.  Then I worked each petal until I was satisfied with the result.

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I used the same gesso mix on Basic White Thick cardstock.  When dry, I sponged with Wild Wheat ink adding Early Espresso ink towards the centre. I stamped the flowers using the masking technique.  I also added some Memento Tuxedo Black ink below the flowers.

Thank you for visiting.  If you have any queries or comments, I'd love to hear from you!

'Til next time ....

Stephanie Fischer
The Crafty Thinker

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Concertina Pop Up Card using A4 cardstock with tutorial links

 

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Fun fold: Concertina Pop Up Card suitable for A4 cardstock
Featuring Trusty Toolbox paper (162978)

Hello again!

I made a series of Concertina Pop Up cards which I thought I'd share with you.  

I first became aware of this impressive-looking fun fold while perusing Sam Calcott's tutorial videos.  I really admire her work and never fail to find inspiration from her.  So, following her clear instructions, I made the following card using one of the paper packs that I got FREE in Sale-A-Bration.  

The resulting card might just be one of my all-time favourite makes.

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Concertina Pop Up Card featuring Flight & Airy paper available FREE during Sale-A-Bration

However, it didn't fit two of my criteria: it didn't fit into one of my standard envelopes and it required 12" x 12" cardstock for the concertina section, which is why my concertina section is a different colour - I had to use something from my odds and ends collection!  I think it works though.
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The Flight & Airy Concertina Pop Up card when closed

I then made a card using the dimensions at Maria's Crafting Corner that inspired Sam Calcott but used Sam's methodology for the extra pop up dimension.  Whilst smaller, it still didn't fit my criteria.

So I altered the dimensions to suit my needs and created the masculine card at the top of this post using more paper that I got FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  It fits a C6 envelope (although it is a bit bulky) and only requires A4 size cardstock.

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The A4 friendly version of the Concertina Pop Up Card when closed

If you'd like to create one of these gorgeous Concertina Pop Up cards using A4 cardstock, you'll find my dimensions and instructions HERE.

If you have any questions or comments - I'd love to hear from you.

'Til next time

Stephanie Fischer
The Crafty Thinker

Tuesday 9 January 2024

Double Diamond Pop Up Card with Tutorial links



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Fun fold: Double Diamond Pop Up Cards


Hello again ... it's been a while!!!  I do apologise.

Whilst I have been rather quiet for the last year, I have still been thinking about you and I've still been creating in my craft room from time to time - I just didn't feel I had much to share.

However, I was really pleased with the way these Double Diamond Pop Up cards turned out.  I used the very pretty Flight & Airy Designer Series Paper (162977) that I received FREE in Sale-A-Bration.

Fun fold: Double Diamond Pop Up Card


Fun fold: Double Diamond Pop Up Card
Flight & Airy paper (162977) and Wanted to Say dies (161594)

The inspiration for the card fold came from Sam Calcott who was in turn inspired by Julie from Trenouths Card Creations.  I used Sam's very easy to follow video but changed the dimensions so that I could use my A4 cardstock.

Sam's card folds down to a 6" square and mine fold down to a 5 3/4" square.  If, like me, you tend to keep A4 cardstock rather than 12"x 12" but would like to make a Double Diamond Pop Up card click HERE for my instructions.

If you have any questions or comments - I'd love to hear from you.

I have a couple more things to share, so I promise I'll be back again soon!

'Til then, happy crafting

Stephanie Fischer
The Crafty Thinker

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The back of the card: I'll write my message on the white panels