Inked & Tiled Framed Watercolours for Colour INKspiration Challenge #152

Inked & Tiled Framed Watercolours for Colour INKspiration Challenge #152


Inked & Tiled Stamp Set has been used to create some framed watercolours, inspired by the Colour Inkspiration Challenge #152 inspiration image.

Welcome to my blog. Today’s post is for Colour INKspirations Colour Challenge #152. Our inspiration pic for this challenge was chosen by our very talented team member … Bronwyn Eastley. Heidi van den Heuvel is our guest designer for this challenge and I can’t wait to see what Heidi has created.

Check out how to join in the challenge below …. if you don’t have the exact colours, you can use a close substitute, Smoky Slate instead of Gray Granite for instance.

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The Colour INKspiration challenge is a great one to get your inspiration flowing. It is very easy to enter the challenge. You don’t need a blog, you can simply post your card image in the facebook group. This challenge finishes on Monday October 9th at 7:00pm, so why not get crafting with these elegant colours … we would love to see your creation.

Our CI#152 challenge features Starry Sky, Night of Navy and Gray Granite. The challenge parameters are to use all three of the challenge colours (or if you don’t have the exact colour, you can substitute a close alternative). In addition you can use neutrals such as Basic White, Crumb Cake, or metallics.

Check out how you can join in the challenge at the end of this post or on the facebook page here.
And if you need inspiration, the designer’s album for this challenge is absolutely fantastic. Click on the Media tab and then “Albums”, or go straight to the album here.

Inked & Tiled Watercolour Frames …

This challenge, I have used the inspiration image for my inspiration. Hand drawn frames, decorated with some emboss resist and watercolouring, or stamping over watercolouring.

Inked & Tiled Stamp Set

This is a really fun and relaxed style of creating, and I love how the watercolouring really showcases the complexity of the Starry Sky ink colour.

Working on Fluid 100 watercolour paper temporarily affixed to a non-porous surface with masking tape, I have hand-drawn random rectangular rectange shapes with a pencil (so they can be erased once coloured). I did use a clear acrylic block to ensure that the sides of the rectangles were somewhat straight, however as you can see, they didn’t stay straight.

Before I did any colouring, I used white embossing powder to heat emboss some of the images (from Inked & Tiled stamp set) and a sentiment from Sentimental Park stamp set within selected frames. If the image is to large, I placed some scrap paper around the rectangle to ensure the image stays contained within the selected frame.

Inked & Tiled Stamp Set …

Inked & Tiled Stamp Set

The Inked & Tiled Stamp Set images are ideal for this sketchy look card, and because the watercolour paper is a little textured, if the stamped images aren’t quite perfect it doesn’t really matter.

Inked & Tiled Stamp Set

Once the heat embossing was all done, I have simply watercoloured each panel. I apply my ink to an acrylic block to use as a pallette and I used Starry Sky for some panels and Gray Granite for other panels. I went a bit wonky in places but I didn’t stress about it … I love that the rectangles are not perfect. I did apply a light layer of plain water before I started so that my watercolouring was very blended.

I coloured the frames with white embossing in Starry Sky colour … and the other frames were painted with Gray Granite colouring. I made the Gray Granite colour quite dark, as I knew I would be using a very light Gray Granite colour for the background.

Inked & Tiled Stamp Set

Once the panel was dry (I used a heat tool for this), I polished excess ink off the white heat embossed images to really make them pop. The Gray Granite frames were filled with images stamped in Night of Navy. Again use some pieces of scrap card to temporarily mask off the frame so the images don’t go outside the frame boundaries. I added some of the smaller textural images from Inked and Tiled onto some of the frames as well, and lastly added some little dots with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker.

I added the very watered down Gray Granite ink into the background, not overthinking it, just adding brush strokes between the frames. I tried not to touch the frames so the ink didn’t run. Mostly I succeeded, but some areas did bleed slightly … I didn’t worry about it, just mopped up the wetness with a paper towel so the ink didn’t continue to bleed. There will be little white areas around the place. I love this effect.

Inked & Tiled Stamp Set

To accentuate each frame, I took Night of Navy and Gray Granite markers and used the fine end to freehand draw around the edges of each frame. Relax, don’t worry if the lines are not quite perfect. It is all part of the “hand painted” effect.
Once the washi tape is removed, there is a fine white border all the way around the piece so no need to do any more layering, simply apply the painted panel to the folded card front.

Finally I added some of the Brushed Metallic Dots to fill in a couple of gap areas.

I totally love this look, especially with the panels partly off the piece. You could use any colours you like, maybe different shades of greens or pinks with a neutral background. So many options.

INKspired to join the challenge?

It’s so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by checking out all of the creations of the Colour INKspiration Crew in the challenge album on our Facebook Page. Then create and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. CI#152 finishes at 7 pm (AEST) on Monday October 9, so you have a couple of weeks to get creative and put your card up in the facebook page. You don’t have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. You can also use neutrals such as Basic White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand and metallics.

Not a member of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can’t wait to see what you create with these elegant colours.

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Shopping info …

If you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of the supplies to create this card, links to my online store and shopping info are listed below. All purchases will receive a Video Class Bundle (12 videos to watch at your leisure) and go on the Catalogue mail out list for the next Catalogue.

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Here are the products used to create this card, click on the image to see more detail in my online shop. I appreciate my wonderful customers continued support. xx

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