Create a pretty allium card
This fabulous floral is the perfect place to begin your Inktense journey – time to get creative with colour!
This design shows just how easy it is to create beautiful multi-hued shading using just two pencils. The finished colour (once water has been applied) is dictated by how much pencil you use, so you can vary this to achieve subtle changes in colour across the flowerhead.
The pastel shades were achieved by using a very light application of pencil and a fairly dry brush, but you can add more pencil if you want to achieve a more vibrant look.
It’s important to use quality watercolour card and a water-resistant ink pad such as VersaFine or Ranger Archival Ink. The image is stamped in grey ink to complement the soft pastels and the style of the card.
Cover an A6 card with lilac paper, leaving a small white border. Add an 8cm-wide panel of pink spotty paper on top, then a 5.5cm strip of lilac stripy paper, inking the edges as you go. Apply green pencil to the top and bottom of the stems, the base of the leaves and corners of the frame. Add a little green in the gaps between flowers but don’t fill in completely. 2 1 After stitching the edges of the papers (if you want to), it’s time to stamp the allium image onto white watercolour card using VersaFine ink in Smokey Gray. 5 6 Wet your brush, dab the excess, then blend over the pencil. In the gaps between flowers, as you pick up colour on your brush you can use this to fill in the smaller sections.