Use inks to make a beachy backdrop
Blended inks create a sense of depth in the background and give the 3D flower extra depth
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.