Homemade Ink Pad & Watercolor Techniques, a Thank you Card for Jennifer McGuire

I used a 5 1/4″ x 4″ Fabriano Hot Press 140 Lb. water color paper that I bought at A C Moore and put it in the MISTI and held it in place with my new grid sheets I created. (I’ll attach the link to the video I made showing how to create them and how to use them.) I used a sentiment from Fiskars from their Thank You set in Mermaid Lagoon ink from Distress ink and used clear embossing powder from Ranger clear embossing powder and then heat set it.
I created an ink pad by using four baby wipes folded on old plastic packaging. Here is where I made my big mistake and don’t know what I was thinking when I did it. Maybe I was thinking, these re inkers are right here, I’ll just use them, but it was a crucial mistake. You can’t use Distress re inkers to make an ink pad if you use wet baby wipes as they are water reactive and the baby wipes dilute the ink. You can use any dye re inkers except Distress Inks. I used blues, yellows, orange and pink re inkers and put drops of them all over the baby wipes. This will make a really interesting background if you do it with dye inks.. They won’t dilute like mine did.
I stamped the ink pad several times before I got the result you see in the video. It looks like it was only once, but Rich had to cut out all of the stamping I did to get the inks to not look so diluted and for time sake as I did it many times. It’s also how my hands got so much ink on them. once I was happy with the inked result, I decided to use the Mermaid Lagoon ink pad and rub it around the outline of the stamp. I used a foam pad on a tool from Tupelo Designs to use with re inker and used my yellow to make the yellow areas more vibrant, then did the same with the orange color I used. I did the same with the Mermaid Lagoon and put it on the blue areas, then did it with Picked Raspberry.

The plastic background ended up acting as a palette for the leftover blue. I used it with a water color brush and sprayed water on it to paint my background. After the blue was gone, I sprayed a little water on the acetate and used the water to reactivate the water in the image so the white wasn’t so stark. I decided to do a splatter in the end with the fossilized amber and it really added to the design.
I stamped the inside sentiment from the same Thank you Fiskars stamp set.
I used a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ white 110 lb Recollections card stock and colored it around the edges with the Fossilized Amber ink pad and rubbing it on the paper. I put foam tape on the back of my water colored image to give the card dimension. I used a matching glitter washi tape on my envelope.

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