Monday, October 15, 2012

lawnscaping challenge: try a new technique

***This is my second post for the day!  If you're looking for my CSS well preserved post, scroll down***

Whew!  Are you getting sick of me yet?  I may just be getting tired of myself, hee hee.  A few more days of posts and I promise to give you all a break...

The new lawnscaping assignment challenged all of us on the design team!  And now we're asking you to try out a new-to-you technique.

I found a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for creating a copic-ink-refill background and decided I liked the watery effect that it gave enough to break out my "critters in the sea" set.

The technique is simple: on a sheet of glossy photo-paper, I squirted a few drops of copic re-inkers.  I opted for 2 different blues, and a light beige (which I only dropped in a few places, to simulated the light hitting the water.)  As soon as the ink hit the glossy paper, it begins to spread.  I continued to add drops until I was satisfied with the coverage.  Then, the fun part: using hand sanitizer to keep the ink away from certain spots.  I filled a shallow cup with some hand-sanituzer, and used a toilet paper roll and a napkin to push the ink away.  I wanted my ink to bleed quite a bit and not show any obvious rings, so I dabbed the napkin over the entire area in the end.

Once dry, I hand-cut the waves and sponged around the watery edges with a darker blue ink.  I added some critters, and a fun speech bubble to round out the card.

Hope you join us this week - I can't wait to see what other techniques pop up in our gallery!  The challenge is being sponsored by lawn fawn - so try your hand for a chance to win!


  1. Very interesting..when you say hand sanitizer do you mean soap? I'll check out the tut.

  2. So pretty! Love the warm ocean. Makes me want to daydream :)

  3. This is amazing! I love the look and I don't think you could have gotten anywhere close to this without using that technique, which I have never heard of until now! I love love love love love love love this! And I could never be sick of you, so keep posting, lol!!!!