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I really didn't get much chance to play with the Wild Garden dies prior to the Hop--so many ideas, and never enough hours in a day, I tell ya'! Anyhoo, after seeing a technique designer Joan Bardee had used on one of her samples for our Spring Release Hop, I was chomping at the bit to try doing a variation of it with products similar enough I felt I could achieve reasonable success...
I went about it a little differently than what she described but I was tickled to end up with results that looked similar! *bouncing* And, I immediately made another card after finishing the first, so I included it here as well.
On the "Mom" card, I debossed/pressure embossed a circle die (the next size larger than the die cut patterned paper circle) into the card base. It's just a different way to emphasize the whole circle thing goin' on there, without having to mat it.
And, lemme tell ya', it's so fun just painting the sheets of watercolor paper, I could sit there all day just doin' that!
TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
- Use water-based dye reinkers or sprays that are truly designed to be water-soluble or water-activated; some inks may not necessarily be "permanent", but they also aren't designed to activate with water; I have found I really like the vibrancy and results I get with:
- Ranger Distress Reinkers
- Dylusions Ink Sprays (use a dropper tool or a pipette to extract the ink from the spray bottle)
- Use watercolor paper; regular card stock does not work well for this technique due to the amount of water.
- Leave some white space here and there/between your puddles of color, for interest; it's OK if the colors bleed into each other a little bit.
- Quarter sheets of watercolor paper may be easier to work with than full size.
- You might as well make a whole stack of quarter sheets for later use, since you have all the supplies out anyway... Just sayin'... *wink*
- Allow the watercolor paper to dry thoroughly before die cutting; you can use a heat tool to speed up that process. Wet paper doesn't die cut as clean and crisply as dry paper does.
- Using dryer sheets as shown in the video will enable you to eject the dies from the paper without having to deal with the pokey the holes--WIN!!! *fist pump*
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Note - Used button on the 2nd card from my stash.