Friday, 8 May 2020


Rizwana is setting her first challenge for us over at Daring Cardmakers this week - she'd like to see some inky backgrounds.

I have two quite different projects to share for this one but they both use the same basic technique - add some ink to a sheet of acetate, spritz with water and add to a sheet of heavy cardstock or watercolour paper.

For this bird card I stamped the image first and masked it, then added the inky background in a pale blue for a subtle effect. I painted the berries in green in the hope they'd look more like leaf buds for a more spring-time feel.

Blue bird with branch and berries (Crafty Individuals)
Sentiment from Big Day Today (Waltzingmouse Stamps, no longer with us)

Tim Holtz watercolour

Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Tumbled Glass)

Stitched Rectangle dies A6 size (Paper Rose Studio)

The second project features more postcards for my dad and brother.

I added three different blues to some watecolour paper, building up layers using the acetate technique. Then I stared at them for ages trying to figure out what to do with them. I finally settled on a VE Day theme and added some bunting and stamped numbers since we're commemorating 75 years this year.

The blues lifted quite well from the open flag areas just with water but I decided I wanted a cleaner white so those are painted with a bit of gesso.

Artsy Banners (Crafty Secrets, no longer with us)
A&P Numbers (Ma Vinci's Reliquary, no longer with us)


Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocen, Blueprint Sketch, Barn Door)
Mid tone ink by Hero Arts (Charcoal)
Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)


Thanks for stopping by, if you fancy getting inky to distract yourself in lockdown why not come join us?


Shabneez said...

Two great projects Joanne - love the smoosh backgrounds. Shabneez x

Debbie said...

lovely cards - happy VE day to you - havent done the acetate background for ages - great reminder , keep safe and hopefully not lockdown for you for much longer unlike us north of you in Scotland :(

Wavejumper said...

I love the idea of making berries green to look like spring buds! So smart! I will likely case that bit. :)
I had not heard of smooshing that way...a new thing to try! I really like the bird card. Your coloring stands out nicely against the blue

hugs Margot

HilaryJane said...

Love that blue tit, great colouring and great backgrounds. I know that feeling well, staring at your background and wondering what to do with it. It definitely came good this time. Sometimes I give up and put it away hoping inspiration will strike when I come across it at a later date. The strange thing is that that pile of 'don't know what to do with' bits, just keeps getting bigger! xx

Rizwana said...

Two great projects love your backgrounds must try the acetate technique. Thank you for joining in hugs Rizwana

papierelle said...

The bird card is amazing. Love the perfect coloring and your card design!!