Technique Tuesday: Watercolouring with White Pigment Ink

This month’s Technique Tuesday is a simple one so I don’t have step by step photos. I am not sure if it has a special name, but I have called it Watercolouring with White Pigment Ink. It creates an elegant look for very little effort. Basically it involves heat embossing a line art image on coloured card stock and then colouring with white pigment ink.

Bloom With Hope White Cake

Here are the instructions for the technique in my sample today.

  1. Cut card stock to required size and wipe over with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oil, etc from the surface. This is so that the embossing powder will only stick to where the image has been stamped.
  2. Stamp image from Bloom with Hope using Versamark on Crumb Cake card stock.
  3. Cover with Early Espresso Embossing Powder and emboss using a heat gun.
  4. Put a couple of drops of Whisper White Craft Ink onto an acrylic block.
  5. Put a drop of water on the opposite side of the block.
  6. Use the Blender Pen to take a small amount of water and mix with a little of the ink. (I found I didn’t use very much of the water as it made the ink too thin and I had to add more layers.)
  7. Colour the image with the Blender Pen taking care to avoid the embossed edges.
  8. As the ink will dry much lighter, ensure that you use a ‘thickish’ layer of ink. It is possible to add more than one layer, but as card stock is being used, too many layers of ink will cause the card stock to ‘pill’.
  9. If any ink gets on the embossing, use a cotton bud or toothpick to remove it before it dries.
  10. Allow the image to dry, either naturally or with the aid of a heat gun.

To complete the card:

  1. Emboss Naturals Ivory with the Fun Frames Polka Dots TIEF and fussy cut around it.
  2. Use an Early Espresso Marker to create a faux border on the frame.
  3. Adhere the dried image to the frame.
  4. Stamp the same image used in the technique with Versamark repeatedly on a piece of Early Espresso to create a watermark effect.
  5. Remove the metallic silver thread from the Baker’s Twine, wrap the remaining twine around the card three times and tie a knot.
  6. Adhere the Espresso layer to a Pool Party base.
  7. Adhere the framed image using Dimensionals.
  8. Add some Neutrals Candy Dots for a finishing touch.

I hope you have enjoyed this technique and that you will try it out soon.

I would like to thank Sage Kimble for the inspiration for this technique. If you are a visual person, you may wish to watch her video on how she uses the technique.


Supply List:
(all Stampin’ Up! which can be purchased in my online shop)

Card Stock: Pool Party, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake
Ink: Versmark, Whisper White Craft Ink, Early Espresso
Stamps: Bloom with Hope
Accessories: Fun Frames Polka Dots TIEF, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Metallic Silver Baker’s Twine, Neutrals Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Embossing Buddy.


Stampin’ Up! – what’s happening now:

  • There are 5 special bundles available from 1 April to 17 April 2015. See them in this post or in my shop.
  • Check out the Occasions Catalogue to see lots of great new products.
  • Check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack while you are visiting my shop.
  • Stampin’ Up! has announced that due to quality issues, Blendabilities have been discontinued and will no longer be available for sale or as a free Sale-A-Bration product.


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