I have something a little different today from a recent Penny Black release. It's one of their mini-sets called Go Wild. Well, I went wild... couldn't resist this one and some others. I hope I can get to all this coloring before the newness wears off!
I've done this one with Copics and placed it on a blended-ink background. I tried I-don't-know-how-many different colors for the card base, many of which looked quite good, but they didn't sing to me. Then I remembered this card base I'd covered with patterned paper and left in a drawer. It gave the card a look that felt right to me. I'm seeing a unique character planter in a sun room or garden room... wishful thinking. I'd like to have the garden room AND the planter!
I seriously love this stamp. The background is a very soft blend of SU inks. From the top down: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana. The transition is subtle. If memory serves correctly, I believe I blended over the whole thing with Barely Banana. Final step was a light splattering of water droplets.
About that ink blending... I have another new favorite thing: Beauty Kate makeup brushes. Aren't they beautiful?
They're just the ticket when you want a beautifully blended, soft and subtle background. However, you can get more intense color by applying more ink. I've only played with them a little bit, but so far I like them best with regular inks as opposed to oxide inks. I did make an oxide ink background which turned out very nice, but can do the same with the Mini Ink Blending Tool. I treat these gently, rinse with cold water. We'll see how long they hold up. More good reviews than bad and the price is right.
Well, that's all for today. I'll see you again soon!
Stamps: Penny Black Go Wild Paper: 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, Neenah white card base covered with patterned paper Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana Coloring: Copics Dies: Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers