Lindsay the Frugalcrafter Re Inker Watercolor Technique, So Much Fun!

I saw this technique on Lindsay’s channel and asked her if I could make a video using it and she said “sure.”   Before I start though, I wanted to say that you don’t really need the re inkers for this technique.  You can use your ink pads and at one point early in the video, I show how to run your brush on the side of a Distress ink pad where there is normally small amounts of ink.  You don’t need a lot of ink, so you can press your ink pad onto a plate or tile and get enough ink to do this technique, or use re inkers if you have them.
I started with Fabriano 140lb. hot press watercolor paper and Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder and used them on a really lovely background stamp called Peony Garden from “The Ton” stamps.  My paper was 6″ wide and about 10″ long and needed to be longer than the stamp so you have somewhere to hold onto it.  I heat set it and then used two ceramic tiles for palettes and taped my watercolor paper to a plastic cutting board to hold it for me.
I used one drop of each of the following Distress Inks.  Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick,  Barn Door,  Peeled Paint and Stormy Sky.   I also used Cranberry Crisp ink from Stampin’ Up.
I bought brushes from Royal and Langnickel Aqualon and Majestic as Lindsay advised me that those were great brushes to start with.  I found them at AC Moore on sale.
I realized I could be the slowest water color painter of all time and did mention in the video (Rich cut it out in an attempt to get the video length down), that you need to hold your wrist straight and that is tiring after painting for a short time.  If you have any wrist/hand issues, I just thought I’d mention that..   Also, I used a very tiny brush for a lot of my painting because I don’t have much control and it allowed me to control my where the paint went better than the larger brush.
To make the cards, I used background 110 lb. Recollections white card stock. 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″.
My sentiments came from MSE called Hand Written stamp set and the other was from Rubbernecker Freehand Phrase set #900.
The MSE sentiment I put on a piece of card stock that matched the background paper on my card.  It was 1 1/2″ wide and 4″ long but I cut it down after so that it fit on the card.  The second card, I used red paper 4 x 5 1/4″ to layer on my white card stock and put my Rubbernecker sentiment on it and heat set the Princess gold embossing powder from Ranger that I used on both sentiments.
The card with the rust sentiment starts with the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ and then the gold layer is 5 1/4  x 4″ then the rust layer is 5 x 3 3/4″ and then cut the watercolor paper to 4 3/4 x 3 1/2″.  I cut my sentiment thinner and made it into a banner to fit on the top of the card.  I added foam tape behind the sentiment to layer it on the card.
The second card, is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and the red layer is 5 1/4 x 4″  and then cut the watercolor piece to 5″ tall and not very wide, just wide enough to get the rose on it and leave room for the sentiment.  I took two pieces of the gold paper left over from the other card and cut strips that were 1″ X 5″ that I attached to the back of the rose with tape runner then added foam tape behind the whole piece and layered it on the left side of the card.  I used Glossy Accents on both flowers and really loved the results.  I thought both cards were really elegant and loved learning this new technique.
Thanks Lindsay, for your help and inspiration.  I really appreciate it!


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