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Thanks, Lori, for asking me to host this challenge :)

Today's challenge is to create a colour wash background!

It's not as hard as you might think and there are several ways you can make one. I used Distress Inks, which react well with water. Memento Ink pads also work, but the colours seem just a little less vibrant. You can also make a wash with a paintbrush, water and some ordinary school paints. For more details, see Gina's video titled "Smackin' Acetate"  ( which shows how to do a wash using Memento Markers (or any water-based marker).

My first focal image was made using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. First, I heat embossed the script stamp onto my paper with white embossing powder (I used watercolour paper but heavy, base weight cardstock will also work). To make the colourwash, I dabbed the ink pad directly onto the smooth side of my acrylic block, spritzed it with water till the ink beaded up. Then I "stamped" the block onto the paper. Lift straight up. You may need to use a paper towel to dab the excess ink away where it's too wet. When it was completely dry, I stamped the blue snowflake over the background. I spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist, which added some shine and further blended the dark blue snowflake with the background. I touched up the edges with the dark blue ink, added some punched snowflakes to the center, then completed the rest of the card.


This second card was done with three colours of Distress Inks. I dabbed yellow ink in the very middle of my acrylic block, then red ink around it, then added Tumbled Glass around the perimeter of the block. I spritzed with water, then  "stamped" my paper. When it was dry, I used Memento black ink to stamp the flowers, and touched up the flowers with Copics. The butterflies were handpainted with distress inks, a water brush and some perfect pearls powder mixed in with the ink. They were then cut out and adhered with pop dots.



The main thing is not to sweat it! It is a technique that is supposed to look imperfect, and like a water colour painting. Have fun! Be sure to use the Keyword: STV12MON38 in your tags.

The deadline for your challenge is Sunday September 30th at 8:00 pm CT.

Click here to see the gallery: STV12MON38


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WoooooooHOOOOOOO Kathryn - amazing job!! Congratulations on hosting!

Thanks so much for the step by step because I've never done this before! Looking forward to giving it a go!!! FAB cards!

Can't wait to see what you make, Rosy!!

Kathryn...I commented on your second card in the gallery, but didn't know it was for Monday's Challenge!  Great Challenge idea and great examples.  Count me in on partaking in this challenge even if it's Sunday afternoon before I get around to gets in the way of all my Fun! LOL 

I didn't know your cards were part of a challenge when I saw them in the gallery.  Looks like a fun challenge!  Just need to get my mojo back.

Wow!  These are gorgeous!  What a fun technique, too.

Congrats on hosting Kathryn. This sure is a challenge for me.  I have never done anything like it but may try it!  Your cards are beautiful!

WOW fabby cards Kathryn! Can't wait to give this a try!

Here is my card for this challenge ~_^

First off, CONGRATULATIONS on hosting!  Secondly I am sooooo glad you are, as when I saw your cards I was saying   *stealing*  I am so going to learn this technique this week, so thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  Your cards are GORGEOUS!!!

Gorgeous creations Kathryn!  I love doing this technique too!  Thanks for hosting for us this week!

Really awesome cards Kathryn, and great challenge. Can't wait to try it. Congrats on hosting, I look forward to making some cards with this technique.

Beautiful cards! This sounds like a really fun technique!



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