Friday, July 21, 2017

Just Add Ink #369...Inspiration!

This week over at Just Add InkRochelle has given us some lovely scenery style inspiration to play with.
The first thing that caught my eye was the colour gradient from the deep water, through the greenery to the soft sky.
Using Island Indigo-Emerald Envy and Pool Party l created a gradual gradient of the colours and having just received my "Quirky Critters" stamp set, l thought the "Narwhal" worked well with the watery scene.
To create the background l used the "Ink smooshing" technique. Using pool party first, l applied ink directly from my ink pad to a kraft mat, (a large piece of window sheet will work too) and spritzed it with water.
Then using a piece of window sheet/acetate, l laid it onto the ink puddle picking up some of the ink and then placed it onto my card panel using my fingers to rub (smooshing) it out across the card.
I then repeated those steps using Emerald Envy then Island Indigo.

To colour the Narwhal, l used blender pens and the SU watercolour pencils in Bermuda Bay & Basic Grey. He also got a liberal dose of Silver Details on his horn & spots.
Although its not noticeable in the pics, there is a very sparkly layer over the bottom half of the card to give a shimmery watery effect.

Excuse the overall tone of this next pic, but taking it at night on my kitchen bench captured the sparkle the best..:0)

Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog to see the fabulous interpretations from the rest of the team.

Thanks for stopping by!
All supplies used are Stampin Up!


  1. Oooooh I love all that sparkle. You've created a fabulous water scene - awesome card. xx

  2. Great card Nikki. How did you accomplish the background? Is it with rubbing alcohol?

    1. Thank you! I will add the how too for the background and an updated version of the card shortly.

  3. Wow, Nikki! Your card is stunning! I especially love the splotchy background - it looks amazing!

  4. Oh that sparkle is just gorgeous Nikki! Love your watery background and how you kept it simple with just that cute narwhal and sentiment. xxx

  5. Wow! Love it Nikki. You've totally sold this stamp set to me! And your background is stunning! Sparkle wins every time! Kelly x

  6. Such a stunning background Nikki - loving all the details and sparkle and your sweet narwhal playing in the water is adorable! xx