Congratulations – you made it through Monday, and into Tuesday! Okay, I think that is mainly meant for me; I hope your week is going well. I just received a new stamp by Picket Fence Studios, Botan Peony. It is a gorgeous, humongous, single image stamp of a most beautiful peony! There is so much room for colouring these petals, I felt like I was swimming. I actually played with it for a bit, before I decided that this front was good enough to turn into a whole card. Let’s see what you think.
BOTAN PEONY WITH ALCOHOL INKS
I decided to use my Alcohol inks to watercolour this large flower. I know I’ve shared this technique with you before, so I’ll just skim through the details. You can see my first post using this technique HERE.
Peonies come in all colours, but I always think of the pink ones that grow in my step-mom’s garden. Do you have a favourite peony colour?
Start by stamping the image onto white cardstock with Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne. Cover with clear embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. To use your alcohol inks as paints, you’ll need a slick, non-porous surface like a craft mat, piece of acetate, or a clear block.
The Alcohol ink colours I used are the Ranger/Tim Holtz Pink Sherbert, Flamingo, Sunshine Yellow and Limeade. Place drops of each colour onto your non-porous surface, and have your Alcohol Ink Blending Solution nearby, or pour a bit into a small glass container (like a shot glass).
Use a brush from your Alcohol Ink Tool Set, and pick up one ink colour at a time, and apply it to the image. If it feels like you need more blending or movement with the ink, dip your brush into your Blending Solution, or add a drop of it directly to the ink on your slick surface. I use the lighter Flamingo for the main part of the petals, and Pink Sherbert for the lighter parts, such as the backside of the petals. Sunshine Yellow ink is for the center of the flower, and Limeade for the stems.
Alcohol ink dries very quickly, so you can start light and go back and add layers to the colour.
For the background, I wiped my acetate clean, and then dropped some Pink Sherbert and Flamingo ink, along with some Blending Solution onto it. I mixed the colours together with my brush, and then applied the colours by placing the image panel directly onto the blended ink. Just press one are down at a time, so you can control where the ink goes. Now, set your panel aside to dry completely.
DIE CUT SENTIMENT
Concord & 9th has a great set of sentiment dies called Fabulous Phrases. Die cut the ‘hey there’ 3 times from black cardstock, and then layer them together. You can either add a double-sided adhesive sheet, like Ken Oliver’s ‘Stick It’, to the back of the cardstock before die cutting, or use the Quickie Glue Stick to attach them together.
Attach the sentiment to the top left corner of the image panel. Now, attach the panel, offset to the bottom right, on a black cardstock panel, with foam tape. Finally, attach both panels to a pink cardstock that coordinates with your ink.
When you use alcohol inks on regular cardstock, I find that the colours appear quite matte, and not shiny. I do like the vibrancy of alcohol inks on non-porous paper, like Yupo! So, I decided to add some shine by going over the sentiment, and areas of the flower, with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.
In this photo below, I tilted the card so that you can see some of the sparkle from the Wink of Stella.
AN ALTERNATE COLOURING TECHNIQUE
For this panel, I used my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers for colouring the image. However – I didn’t use watercolour paper, and I’m not too keen on the 2 darkest petals – I used Violet, then switched to Light Violet. I’d like to hear what you think about this one!
I haven’t made it into a card; I’m thinking that I’ll re-do it, with watercolour paper and the Light Violet. Interesting how the Violet appears to be a dark blue, isn’t it? Anyway – let me know what you think of both – the alcohol ink and the marker colouring. I’m interested in your opinion! Using the Picket Fence Studios Botan Peony gives you a lot of ‘real estate’ in which to colour!
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