Sunday, April 23, 2017

using water based dye markers

Today I'm sharing a card made with a technique that I just love. Acetate smack technique produces a stunning watercolor effect on plain white cardstock and is fairly easy to accomplish using a few simple tools:

Acetate (you can use a piece that comes with your clear stamps)
White cardstock (3.75 x 5" for an A2 card)
Water based dye ink markers (the brighter/darker, the better)
Water spritzer/mister bottle
Heat resistant mat
Heat gun
Paper towel

Lay the piece of acetate on the heat resistant mat. Choose 3 - 6 marker colors. Scribble the markers on your piece of acetate, then spray with water from your mister bottle, just until the colors start to blend a little. Gently lay your piece of cardstock on the colored, misted acetate, wiggling just a little to the left & right to blend the colors a little more. Blot up excess water with paper towel. Lift cardstock away from acetate, blotting up the excess water & ink. Place cardstock on the heat resistant mat & dry with heat gun This will take a few minutes; it is normal for the cardstock to curl a little!

The marker colors I used to make the background were bright pink, bright yellow, turquoise & medium brown. After drying, I embossed the CS with Anna Griffin's Seashell Cluster Folder (Anna's Summer & Fall Embosssing Folders from HSN). 

Next I used direct to paper technique to apply Brilliance Moonlight White ink to the embossed CS, and dried with the heat gun again. Then I matted this with pink CS & attached to a white A2 card base. The final touches were adding the stamped sentiment & the flowers, which I printed with Anna's Fantastic Flip Digital Cricut Cartridge!

I hope I've helped to inspire your creativity today! As always, Happy Crafting! Smiles, Laura 

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