Less is More – A Last Minute Quickie

I’m sorry for not being around in blogland for a couple of weeks; somehow there always seems to be more to do at this time of year than at any other!

This is my last minute entry into this week’s Less is More challenge, which is on the theme of ‘Monochrome’. I used a stamp set by Kanban, inked with Distress Ink, in Stormy Skies, by Ranger. The white ink that I used to stamp on the navy blue Bazzill card is by Elzybells, and is one of the best white ink pads that I’ve found.

Thank you for taking the time to pop in to take a peek at my card.

Maria xx

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Passion for Promarkers – Promarker Background

Our sponsors for this week’s Passion for Promarkers challenge are Letraset, who are giving our winner a prize of a set of five Promarkers.

I have to admit that I was a bit phased by Ida’s choice of challenge theme when I first heard what it was – you have to make your own card background with Promarkers!  After giving it some thought, I decided to experiment a little; after all, we should always be encouraged to push the envelope a little, and step out of our comfort zone, shouldn’t we? So, thank you, Ida, for your very different theme!

For my background I used the alcohol ink method of applying inks to glossy card to colour and decorate it.  Those of you who are familiar with Ranger’s alcohol inks will already know about this technique, but I will describe it for those who aren’t.

Firstly, it’s important to use glossy card, as matt card will just soak up the inks, and you won’t achieve the desired look.  I used a home-made tool consisting of an old stamp block (with the rubber stamp removed of course!), to which I attached a small piece of Velcro tape (only the ‘hook’ part).  This allows small rectangles of felt to be fastened onto the block, and to be easily removed after use. 

After attaching the felt, I scribbled on it with two or three colours of Promarkers, and added one drop of Ranger’s silver ‘mixative’ for a little glitz, then three or four drops of Ranger’s blending solution.  I then pressed the inked felt tool onto my glossy card in a random fashion, covering the whole piece with colour.

This technique will leave you with an attractive pattern, rather like the veining in natural gemstones.  As the ink dries almost instantly, you may have to re-ink your felt pad with your Promarkers and blender once again to achieve the colour that you want. 

For my background pieces I used Violet, Orchid and Bluebell on the larger, and Amethyst and Orchid on the smaller oval one. I coloured my little Hanglar and Stanglar fairy with the matching Promarkers, and also tinted my ribbon and heart-shaped gem with Promarkers (Orchid and Purple).

I hope that you will enjoy Ida’s fab challenge this week. I can’t wait to see how you all choose to interpret it!

Thank you again for taking a look at my card. Mxx