Water Activated Inks with White Rose Crafts

ek gorman, white rose crafts water ink dDid you know that White Rose Crafts carries three different types of water activated ink?  Yes that right, three different types.  You can find in the store not only Distress Oxides, Distress Inks, but also ScrapBerry Stains, which work a little different than distress, but still activate with water.

I created six cards today using two different techniques using the three types of ink.

img_e4468I started my process by trimming up six pieces of Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper to 4×5.25 inches.  Three of the papers were multi-colored plaid, while the other three were solid colors.  Each piece of colored paper got adhere to an A2 card frame.  Additionally I trimmed up six piece of watercolor paper.

I then pulled three different color of inks from each of the types.  I used Blue, Pink, and Purple ScrapBerry Ink.  I pulled out Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron and Peacock Blue Distress Oxide.  Then I grabbed Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  I coordinated the pre-cut paper with each of the collection of colors.

The first Water Activated Ink technique I played with today was ink smooching.  I pressed out the ink onto my glass mat, sprayed it with water, and then dragged the watercolor paper.  I dried then ink on the paper and repeated the process with the second color, and then third color.

img_e4473Spray the finished smooches card with clean, clear water, and dab off the excess.  Here is the finished ScrapBerry Stains card.  I love how bold the colors are when using the ScrapBerry Stains.

img_e4477Repeat the process with the Distress Oxides.

img_e4476And with the Distress Inks.

img_4487I trimmed each of the smooched ink cards down to 4×2.75 inches using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and matted them with some white cardstock.

img_4494I then stamped the DoveCraft’s If Friends were Flowers  sentiment stamp using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.

I then Adhered the watercolor paper to the card frames and added a few Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Flowers in Light Pink.

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My second Water Activated Ink technique today is simple ink blending using the Distress Blending tool.

img_e4478I started by blending each of the colors of ScrapBerry Stain with the Blend Foam and blending tool onto the watercolor paper one at a time.

img_4482Then I laid the Clear Scraps Firework stencil on top of my blended ink.  Spray the stencil with clean clear water, and dab away the excess.

img_4483You can see where the water activated the ink, creating a different texture and look on the paper.

img_4486Repeat with the blending and stenciling process with the Distress Oxides.

And repeat the whole process with the Distress Inks.

I trimmed up the watercolor paper once again to 4×2.75 inches and adhered it to the solid colored plaid paper.  I also added a die cut sentiment form the Heffy Doodle Congrats die set from some ASPIRE Petallics Pearl Card Stock.  If you haven’t tried ASPIRE cardstock, it die cuts like a dream.  I finished the cards with some Kaisercraft Self-Adhesive Flowers in Blue to give it just a bit of bling.

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Thanks for peeking in and seeing my Water Activated Ink projects today.  Make sure to create your own watercolor ink projects and share them on the WRC Gallery Page over on Facebook for a chance to be featured on the weekly Spotlight on the WRC Blog.

Until then, Happy Crafting.

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