Thursday, October 13, 2011

MIM #36: faux watercoloring

This week's MIM challenge is faux watercoloring.

It involves stamping with a die ink, and using an aqua-painter (or a brush dipped in water) to make the ink bleed a bit.

In the tutorial, Lisa was careful to stay within the lines, but I did my best to grunge it up a bit.

I started with a kraft card-base and stamped images from PTI "grunge me"  and set it aside.

From a sheet of white cardstock, I die-cut a tag sale 3 shape and stamped images from simple circles in pool party, lucky limeade, soft suede, and peach parfait inks (all SU.)

With my aqua-painted, I blurred the lines around each circle and let the sheet dry.

I apologize that it's hard to see the blurring in the photos, but it's there!  The green and brown inks really bled, but the lighter colors really need a lot of saturation to start breaking down in the obvious way that I was looking for...

I stamped some paint splatter images from "grunge me" over-top and also the gridlines from lawn fawn's "schoolhouse backdrops."

I stamped the bird and sentiment from "grunge me" in a bold, black ink.

Thanks for looking!


  1. Love this card. There are so many interesting things going on, especially that Lawn Fawn background stamp. I am a sucker for tags on a card, and I'm pinning this one to case. I love the Grunge Me set, but am always looking for creative ways to use it, as I can never think of any on my own. And, if anyone out there is listening.....This girl

  2. Great card. You did a nice job with the MiM challenge. Grunge me is one set I don't have. Maybe I need to get it.

  3. Great card! Really pretty color combination too.

  4. Fabulous card, Elena! Great job with the MIM challenge!

  5. What a cool tag! The technique was perfect for that set. I will have to remember that.

  6. oh, I love this! The tag is fabulous by itself and it looks great as a focal point on the card! Love the twine, too.