Ink Play: Wish Upon A Star!

Good Morning Inkers!

I had time for a little experimenting a few weeks ago and ended up with several pieces that were perfect for something masculine!  This manly “Wish Upon A Star” card also has an unusual background…can you guess what it is?

Ink Play: Wish Upon A Star!

Wish Upon A Star

Did you guess???   It’s a teabag…that’s right, it’s a used tea bag!  After being used, I set it aside to dry, then I opened it up, took off the tag and removed the staples. I cleaned out the tea, rinsed it off, and set it back in the window sill. Once it was dry, I thought the texture would look great as the background for these stars, and help them to stand out. This turned out to be a pretty good  experiment…I think the tea stains make the stars look like they are hanging from string!

Don’t let all the ink scare you, the stars a not really difficult to make, you need some water color paper, a few bottles of ink refill (about three) and water of course. To get started, cut your water color paper larger than you need for your project (cut it to size later), and make sure you have some sort of barrier between your paper and your work surface, something with a slick surface for easy clean up works best (you can use and old cookie sheet, just don’t bake with it anymore..lol) , oh… and don’t get too carried away with the water!

Using the lightest color first, put some dots of color (I used Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Basic Black here) on your paper and lightly spritz it with water, too much water is not a good thing here!  Now start adding the medium and dark colors, in small amounts and spritz with enough water so it “moves”, but don’t over do it, you can always add more color and more water if you feel the need to. The colors will run together and make something totally original!

Place your piece somewhere it can stay flat, and come back to it later. Once your water color art is dry, you can use it for backgrounds, you can punch out shapes, or use some framelits to cut out the parts you want, like the pieces on this “Wish Upon A Star” card, it’s really up to you.

Enjoy……Karen

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Recipe:  Card Stock: Early Espresso, Whisper White. Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Basic Black. Stamps. A Dozen Thoughts. Embellishments/Accessories: Stars Framelits. Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer, Stampin’ Spritzer.  Other: Fast Fuse Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers.

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