Hi, all! I’m back with some quick deep-sea cards using The Hedgehog Hollow June 2019 subscription box. I use quite a bit of black ink in my cards, but when I first saw these black pattern papers, I wasn’t sure how I’d use them.

I felt it needed a good-sized white or brightly colored image to break up the large expanse of black. So I grabbed the Zentangle style fish stamp and did some bright faux watercolor.

Faux Watercolor Stamping

The Zentangle style fish is super detailed and I wanted to soften that a bit, so I decided to do some faux watercolor stamping. What’s that mean exactly?

Ink up your stamp with multiple inks. I took mini ink cubes directly to the stamp, but if you’re worried about contaminating your ink pads, apply your ink with sponge daubers. Once the stamp was inked up I spritzed it with water to blend the colors and soften the lines and then stamped.

Keep your spritzing minimal if you’re using regular cardstock as I did. If you’re using watercolor paper, it can hold more water.

Card Assembly

  • Trim pattern paper to 4.25 x 5.5
  • Die-cut vellum with stitched hillside edge dies
  • Stamp or emboss sentiment; I curved the stamp to match the “wave”
  • Wrap the vellum around the back of the card front & adhere with tape
  • Add clear droplets as bubbles (I only added this to the orange fish)

That’s a wrap. I hope these cards give you some ideas on how to use the black deep-sea papers from your kit. Thanks for stopping but and until next time, Breathe · Ink · Inspire.

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Amber Rain Davis

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