Watercolor Pencil Ombre Distress Ink Techniques, A Kristina Werner Inspired Card

I saw a video Kristina Werner did with blending an easy ombre effect and thought I would give it a try.  Here’s a link to Kristina’s card.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjxoH1Ky12U

I used two stamp sets Stampendous Cling Hydrangea Lace Cap and My Favorite Things All Occasions for the sentiment.  I stamped with Color Box black archival ink in my MISTI.
The Stampendous stamp has clear plastic backing that is supposed to stick to the MISTI but would not.  I made a big deal about it and then watched a video from Stampendous that said the backing is supposed to be there, but it wouldn’t stick to my MISTI and in the video, they said it would.  I guess they were wrong.

I used Fabriano 140lb. watercolor hot press paper from A C Moore as was the ink I used.  I used Onyx Black Ink from Versafine for the sympathy sentiment and then used black embossing powder and heat set it.

The watercolor pencils I used were Caran d’ Ache and Prismacolors and I listed the specific colors in the video.  I used a Dove blending pen to liquefy the pencils.  I found a great deal on the Dove blending pen with extra nibs and a bottle of fluid to refill it for around $7 only at Walmart.com.

I thought it would be fun to highlight the gold so used Ken Oliver Liquid Metals in gold and colored the gold with it.

After coloring the image, I made a mask and then used a 1″ chip brush I bought on Lindsay’s recommendation from Harbor Freight Liquidators.  They sold one for 69 cents or a box of 36 for $8.  I bought the box and am sharing with friends.  I cut about 3/4″ off the top of the brush and used it as a blender tool to create the ombre effect in the background of my card.

I used a piece of 110 lb white Recollections card stock and cut it to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored the long side at 4 1/4″ to make it an A2 size card.  I used the extra gold Ken Oliver liquid Metallics to color the outside edges of the white card stock and then used gold washi and ran it around the edges of my fun foam so when you look at the card from the side, you don’t see the color of the fun foam, you see the matching gold color.  I got this idea from my friend Carol Held.  Thanks Carol!


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