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Tuesdays Tip with Maggie Armstrong

October 21, 2014

Happy Tuesday to you all!  It’s a beautiful spring day here in New Zealand with the promise of summer right around the corner!

I am excited to show you a cool little technique today – using Kaisercraft inks to colour dry texture paste.

Start by selecting your stencil of choice and a good quality texture paste.  Add the paste to your project in the normal way.  Here I am using the Lace Doily 12 inch template by Kaisercraft – one of my favourites!

apply paste

Remove the stencil and let the texture paste dry – either naturally or with a little help from a heat gun!

Next, choose the inks you want to colour with.  I used 2 Kaisercraft Inks on this project – IP725 Petal Pink and IP722 Red Gum.  Because I wanted a lovely vignette look – where one colour fades into the next, I made sure that the inks belonged to the same colour group.  So my vignette would be a burgundy red fading away into pale pink.

ink setup

Now, the best way to do this next step is with your fingers!  You can use a little cotton bud if you wish but it is harder to blend.  I started by applying Petal Pink to the doily pattern, gently rubbing it on.  Always start with the palest colours and work your way up to the darker colours.  And remember  – build the colour up as you go.  It’s easy to put more on but nigh impossible to remove it once you add too much!

add pale ink

Kaisercraft Inks are so deliciously juicy – which makes them really easy to work with.The Red Gum ink was added next, again blending with your finger.  This colour gave a beautiful definition to the pattern.

add red gum ink

Once you have finished applying the colour, you may want to gently apply a neutral colour – .e.g. Vintage to hide any stark white areas that you may have missed.  In this case, it helped to tone everything into a more vintage look.

Here are some pictures of the finished project – a heritage layout using Kaisercraft Rustic Harmony Collection.

detail

final payout

Thanks for stopping by!  And I hope you get your Kaisercraft Inks out to experiment with this technique!

Maggie

 

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  • Reply Debbie Breen October 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Great layout, love the technique, very effective.

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