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Using your re-inkers to watercolour

If you have a lot of ink pads or re-inkers in your stash and are looking for more ways to use them, then this technique is just what you’ve been looking for as you can use your re-inkers to watercolour. Whatsmore, if you’ve wanted to get that watercolour look but don’t have any watercolour paints then this technique is a great way to achieve it. You can use your dye inks to watercolour in, and pair it with heat embossing to make it that one step easier for even a novice watercolourist. 

I created this card after taking the Creative Watercolour Media class on Altenew for my AECP level 2. I really enjoyed this class as I always reach for my watercolour paints, but this class showed multiple ways to get that ‘watercolour’ look using alternative media. It’s another good example of stretching your supplies and using re-inkers for other than just reinking your ink pads. 

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Using your re-inkers to watercolour

Setting up for watercolouring with reinkers

Start off by placing a piece of watercolour cardstock into a MISTI stamping tool. Next, position a variety of stamps from the Altenew Wild & Free stamp set onto the card and stamp in clear embossing ink.

Cover the stamped images in WOW! Platinum embossing powder and heat set ready to watercolour in. To use your inks, you need to add ink to a palette – an acrylic stamping block works well for this, ad once you’re finished you can easily wipe these clean. Add drops of ink from your re-inkers or smoosh an ink pad down onto block to transfer the ink. For this card, I used the following colours: Juniper Mist, Daydream, Stone Blue and Queen for a Day from Catherine Pooler Designs. 

Adding the colour using your re-inkers to watercolour

To reduce the amount of ‘work’ you have to do with the colours, it is easiest to use the wet on wet technique. First of all, apply a layer of clean clear water to one petal. Next, use a brush to dip into your in on the block and add the colour to the base of the petal. The wet water of the petal will then spread the ink out. You can go in and pull the colour out and soften up the petal. 

Allow that petal to dry and move onto another petal, just make sure this petal is not right next to the one you have just painted. This will prevent the colours bleeding into each other, but as we have heat embossed the petal this is even less likely to happen. 

Bringing the card together

Once all the elements are painted, fussy cut the images out – you can use the coordinating dies if you don’t mind the white outline. For the background, stamp the Altenew Dainty Swiss Dots stamp in Blackjack Catherine Pooler ink onto a white card panel. Trim the panel down and add this to a white card base. 

Use varying depths of dimension and liquid adhesive to add the flowers to the card along the left-hand side. Add a heat embossed the sentiment from the Dainty Swiss stamp set offset to one side. Lastly, finished with a selection of sequins to embellish the card. 

Using your re-inkers to watercolour

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Using your re-inkers to watercolour

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Wild & Free - Altenew
Wild & Free – Altenew
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Dainty Swiss Dots - Altenew
Dainty Swiss Dots – Altenew
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Daydream Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Daydream Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Juniper Mist Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Juniper Mist Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Stone Blue Reinker- Catherine Pooler Designs
Stone Blue Reinker- Catherine Pooler Designs
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Spruce Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Spruce Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Grass Skirt reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Grass Skirt reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Queen for a Day Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Queen for a Day Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Twilight Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Twilight Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Twilight reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Twilight reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Twilight Bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Twilight Bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink refill
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad & refill
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad & refill
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Opaque Bright White -WOW! Embossing Powder
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Metallic Platinum – WOW! Embossing Powder
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb Cardstock
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Original MISTI – My Sweet Petunia
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Tim Holtz 8.5 Inches Comfort Trimmer – Tonic Studios
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Trim and Score Board – We R Memory Keepers
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2 thoughts on “Using your re-inkers to watercolour”

  • I did something similar using the same stamps!! My arrangement is totally opposite though!! I love your card, love the colours. You know I love everything you make!
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery.

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