Ken Oliver Liquid Metal Watercoloring

I thought it would be fun to watercolor with Ken Oliver’s Liquid Metal.  Used W Plus 9 stamp set called Kind Soul and stamped in with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then used clear embossing powder by Ranger to heat set the image.  I used 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ Fabriano hot press watercolor paper for the watercoloring that I bought at A C Moore as well.
I really like how glittery the Ken Oliver Liquid Metals are and wanted to use them for the entire image, so I combined some of the inks to create other colors.  I used the Amethyst,  Verde Gris, Mandarin and Yellow Gold.  I used Royal and Langnickel brushes (that I bought at A C Moore) #1,4 and 5 and a plastic mixing palette that I bought at the Dollar Tree for mixing the inks.  I mixed the mandarin in with the amethyst and got a really interesting color for the insides of my flowers. Then mixed the gold and mandarin for another shade for the centers of my flowers.  After coloring the green leaves, I put a line of the gold through the center of the leaves to change the tone.
After coloring the image, I used the gold to color my background then used a toothbrush and flicked all of the remaining inks in my palette onto the background.  I added water to the inks to make them more flickable (is that a word?) and to lighten them so they weren’t so vibrant.  After everything was dry, I used my envelope punch board from We R Memory Keepers (mine is called a 1 2 3 board) and rounded the corners with it.  I also rounded the corners of my card base that is 10″ across by 7″ tall and scored on the 10″ side at 5″ to create a 5 x 7″ card.  I used the Amethyst Ken Oliver Liquid Metal to color the edges of my card base so once the floral layer is laid with foam tape under it, the edges of the front of the card match the flowers.  I did get some of the purple ink on the back of the card, so I cut a 65 lb piece of white cardstock to 5 x 7″ and rounded the corners then used a tape runner to put tape on the back of the card then lined up the new paper to the back and adhered it.  I used one of my stamps on the back of the card that said “Made by Sandy Parker.”
Inside the card, I found floral cloth tape that I colored with the yellow gold Ken Oliver ink diluted with some water, then heat set it and put a row of it near the bottom of the inside of the card.  I did the same to the back flap of the envelope.
I used Nuvo drops on the centers of my flowers to add some dimension and did this as one of my last steps so I didn’t get my hand in it.
I talked about the stamp show that I was going to go to in Akron, Ohio, but unfortunately, tripped and sprained my ankle so could not attend.
I think this is a very versatile card and I’m going to add a sympathy sentiment in the inside, but could be used for a thinking of you card or simply hello.


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