Use inks to make a beachy back­drop

Blended inks cre­ate a sense of depth in the back­ground and give the 3D flower ex­tra depth

Papercraft Inspirations - - MASTERCLASS -

The pen style of Spec­trum Noir Aquatint Brush Pens of­fer a great way to ap­ply and blend colours, and come in a va­ri­ety of shades. Their in­ten­sity can be re­duced with a wa­ter brush to di­lute the colour, but for wa­ter-re­ac­tive ef­fects, the darker the colour, the more con­trast can be achieved. For this card, the back­ground is sim­ply two blended shades. Once dry, flick or spritz wa­ter onto the ink for a speck­led look. The longer the wa­ter re­mains on the panel, the more it will re­act with the ink. Sim­ply blot the wa­ter droplets once the de­sired ef­fect is achieved, or use a heat tool to chase the wa­ter droplets for a fresh fin­ish. Inked and wa­ter-speck­led pa­pers can make great ma­te­ri­als to die cut, such as this die-cut flower.

Cut some water­colour card to 14.5x9.5cm. Swipe with wa­ter, then ap­ply the Aquatint Moon­stone pen to the top, and the Moon­light pen bot­tom up. Blend where they merge. Po­si­tion the pe­tal die along the wa­ter­coloured strip and die cut so the pe­tal tips are blue and the cen­tres are pink. Roll up the flower, se­cur­ing with glue along the strip as you roll. Die cut dry inked pa­pers to add in­ter­est to de­sign de­tails 2 1 When dry, take a wa­ter­brush and flick wa­ter onto the blended panel. A spritzer will also work. Blot dry and the colour will lift from the wa­ter splashes. Or, use a heat tool if de­sired. 5 6 Colour a piece of water­colour card for the leaves us­ing Emer­ald Green Aquatint pen. When dry, flick with wa­ter and blot. Die cut leaves from the coloured panel as re­quired.

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