Sunday 23 January 2022


Good Morning
Meet today's card using the same great Heron stamp from Magenta that I used the other day.
I wanted to try a new technique for the background so I thought this stamp would work perfectly with it.

I don't know about you, but I am often inspired while watching TV shows.  On one of them, I saw a painting in the background that got me thinking.  Basically, the saturation of colour was in the center and then spread out from there.  I put on my thinking cap and tried to figure out how to recreate that look.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began by cutting a piece of Yupo paper.  For anyone who is unfamiliar with Yupo, it is a plastic coated paper used with inks.  
  • I took out some Ranger Alcohol inks and Ranger Blending Solution. Colours:  I'm guessing...Sailboat blue, pool and lettuce by Ranger. I need to get better at writing down the colours. When I get time to create, I just getting into a creating mode and forget!
  • I squeezed a line of the Blending Solution down the center of my Yupo, dropped on some Alcohol inks and using an old gift card, dragged the colours upwards on the panel.
  • I repeated that process again with more Blending Solution and Alcohol inks but this time, pulled the inks downwards.  Very simple process.  I just kept doing that until I was happy with the coverage.
  • The inks dries almost instantly so it was easy to move onto the next step.
  • I placed the panel into my Misti and stamped the Heron along the center of the panel with some Archival Black ink.
  • I glued the panel onto a piece of navy cardstock, then onto a white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
(take a deep breathe, try something new and look ahead hopefully)

Stamps- Reflective Blue Heron (Magenta)
Inks- Ranger AI; Archival Black
Paper- Yupo (Amazon); white cardstock (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- old gift card; Ranger Blending Solution; Misti (My Sweet Petunia)


cuilliesocks said...

So beautiful Karen, love the reflection technique and your colours are gorgeous, Kate x

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

This is gorgeous Karen, I love the colour mix and the shadow effect, it does look like it could be in a VERY large frame. I LOVE it.
Faith x

Glennis F said...

Very effective

Pat said...

What a great way of using the alcohol inks and the result is fabulous Karen and I adore the colour combination, and I need that x

Anonymous said...

Oh you are so clever!!!! Can't wait to try it! Thanks so much


brenda said...

Super effect with the Alcohol Inks Karen, thanks so much for sharing and joining us at We Love Stamping January challenge.

B x

Linby said...

You've achieved a fabulous effect and a brilliant reflection too. Thanks for sharing with us at We Love Stamping challenge.

kiwimeskreations said...

WOW - what great use of the inks and a fabulous stamp to use over them Karen. A beautiful result.
Stay safe

Mac Mable said...

Your technique worked great Karen and such an atmospheric effect on your beautiful card x. Another technique for my to do list x.

Zoechaos said...

Success! The way you created and explained your background is brilliant, guess quite of few of us will be trying this. With the heron stamp your image is complete and ready for framing. thank you for sharing with us at We Love Stamping, good luck xx

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Darnell said...

WOW! This stood out a mile in my reading list today, Karen, and I love it! Those are my favorite colors, too. I'm keeping this in my inbox to give it a try because it sounds so fun with great results! Hugs, Darnell

HilaryJane said...

It's beautiful well done and thank you for sharing it with us at we love stamping and taking part in the wings option xx

Kathy Dippner said...

Thank you for sharing your background technique. It's a beautiful card.

Christine Alexander said...

Another Sunning background for the heron ♥

Greta said...

Loved this on IG & came to read more about what you did! Thanks for the clear info, Karen. I think this technique should be named after you--so creative to figure it out!

ÅsaJ said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining CASology! Hugs Åsa

Vikki said...

Love this card Karen! The stamp suits the technique perfectly.

Mervi said...

Gorgeous card!
Thank you for sharing at We Love Stamping Challenge;-))m

foleysfriend said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how you achieved the amazing background and reflection of the sky in the water. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

sue n.