How lucky am I?!! It was just a short time ago that Heather Campbell came to visit and pick up an order here at our office/warehouse. It has been such a pleasure to meet her and work together with her! We are so very thrilled to have the ubber talented Heather sharing her creative ideas with us today!
I want to share Heather's blog with you - Parker & Molly - you will find all sorts of fun inspiration there! Heather has joined a talented group of designers as a PaperCrafts Go-to-Gal in July! As well she designs for Avery Elle and we are privileged to have her share a special design and her VERY FIRST VIDEO with you today! You did an incredible job Heather - we are so lucky to have you debute your video skills here in the CLASSroom!
We would appreciate if you would help us in thanking Heather for sharing her talents with us here in the CLASSroom by heading over to her blog and leaving a comment there on the post she has shared about being a guest here. As our way of thanking you for taking the time to do so you will have a chance to win some of the fabulous goodies she used in today's post! You know you are in the right place if you see the following picture.
THANK YOU Heather for sharing your creativity with us here in the CLASSroom today! -Ellen
First, I have to say thank you so much to Ellen for asking me to join you in the CLASSroom today! I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity to share with you today! So, let’s get to today’s project!
Today’s project will show how to use Faber-Castell watercolor pencils to create your own ink splatter. I love the look of misters and ink spritzers on a card but I often have a hard time using them because I can’t control my ink splatter very well. Using watercolor pencils to create my ink splatter makes it so much easier and I’m able to control almost exactly where and how much splatter I end with on my card! Plus, it allows me to create ink splatter in just about any color that I have a colored pencil for!
The inspiration for this project came from the new We R Memory Keepers Blackboard collection washi adhesive pad. I’m a sucker for washi tape, so these 6x6 washi pads are great because you get a full collection of washi in one little 6x6 pad. The possibilities are really endless here but I opted to pull out a few pieces and trim them down to the size of a traditional roll of washi tape.
Once I had the washi tape trimmed and ready, I pulled out my favorite Essentials by Ellen White Linen cardstock. This is quite simply the best white linen paper for clean and simple cards because it adds a subtle bit of texture without distracting from the main design elements of the card.
Since the stamped sentiment could come into contact with a little water, it’s really important to use waterproof ink. For this card I used Hero Arts Hero Hues Black Dye ink to stamp the sentiment, which is from the new Avery Elle Aim High clear photopolymer stamp set!
With the main elements of the card pretty much done, it’s time to add the paint splatter. Using my Faber Castell Watercolor pencils, I dipped my paintbrush in water and then touched it right to the watercolor pencil. This absorbs some of the color from the watercolor pencil into the brush. Next, I simply flicked it towards my paper.
- The paintbrush that you use will control the end appearance of your ink splatter. The bigger the paintbrush, the bigger the splatter. The smaller the paintbrush, the finer the splatter.
- Use two or more watercolor pencils to create your own custom color, if you don’t have the exact color of watercolor pencil that you need!
- If you’re using a large paintbrush, you might want to try watercolor cardstock!
Because I’m a visual learner and this technique can be hard to explain in words, I thought a video of how I created this card might be helpful!
To finish my card, I added a die cut arrow shape from the coordinating Avery Elle Aim High dies and some of my favorite My Mind’s Eye enamel dots from the new Cut & Paste Hello Adorbs collection. Enamel dots are really my favorite embellishment these days! They’re so easy to use and look amazing on just about every card!