(click on the pics to enbiggan)
Sometimes, you start a project with one idea in mind, and when the plan goes awry, you can end up with crap, OR you can end up with a pleasant surprise...! The technique on this card was a happy accident... And, I'm probably the last stamper on the planet to figure out what would happen, but, hey, I was feelin' so *brilliant*, I'm gonna share it anyways. ;)
Some tips, as you'll hear on the video:
- Use a good quality RUBBER brayer for best results (ink tends to build up on the plasticky type).
- Load the brayer with ink by rolling on the Ombré pads in the same direction as the color divisions on the pad to avoid cross contaminating colors. Ask me how I know... (!)
- Roll and lift, roll and lift, to rotate the brayer in a continuous motion; just rolling back and forth will only ink one area of the brayer because you're not completing the rotation. Same goes for when you're then brayering your paper surface.
- Use water-resisting tape to mask, not paper tape; the application of ink will soak thru paper style masking materials.
- When stamping with Versamark over the top of the brayered ink, allow time for the effect to develop--it's really cool! And, set the card aside to dry where it won't be adversely faded with some awkward pattern. When I finished my card, I took a photo of it and then immediately filed it into a basket with other cards, against the basket slats; as the ink continued to dry and was exposed to light, and possibly some heat from a nearby lamp, the pattern of the slats from the basket ended up imprinting or somehow fading into the brayered background. You don't even have to ask me how I know; you can see it right here on the finished card, LOL! Next time, I'll set my card somewhere where this won't happen.
These pictures were taken the day AFTER I'd made the card and you can see just how much contrast the Versamarked hearts created when allowed to dry! It really is a cool effect! And I love it with the Hero Arts Ombré pads!!!
Enjoy the video in HD on YouTube and thank you for taking a moment to give it a thumbs up!
If you try this, let me know--I'd LOVE to see what you do with it! I think it would make awesome bokeh style effects!