Come on, baby, do the….well, I don't know the name of the technique. It's not "locomotion," though. (Old song from the – what? 70's? - for you youngsters.)
Each year, Stampin' Up!®
does little mini-conventions, called "Regional Seminars" all across the U.S. and Canada. They're lots of fun; demos can swap cards and other projects with each other, see lots and lots of samples with new products and techniques, and get some wonderful training all in one day. They also invite local demos to present a "Workshop Wow." Well, here's a "Workshop Wow" tech from the Denver (I think) Regional.
Isn't this neat? I know a lot of people use their gardens as inspiration for flower colors, but, let's face it. My garden consists of …. well, I don't have a flower garden. Or a vegetable garden. Or even herbs. I do have a rose bush I won as a door prize many years ago. My dad (or mom, I can't remember) planted it, and they have nurtured it for more years than I can remember. Even when they moved, they took the rose bush with them. (They knew better than to give it to me to kill, er, take care of.) I did plant roses one year. They all died within two weeks. In all fairness to my gardening skills (or lack thereof), our neighbor sprayed the fence row to kill the grass so he wouldn't have to weed-whack – and I think he got my roses. I took them back to the store I bought them from, laid them on the table and asked if I could get a refund since they didn't live very long. The smart alec at the counter looked at them, looked at me and said, "What were they?" Oh, for pity's sake.
So – I choose my own colors, and there may be absolutely nothing in nature that corresponds to them. But I'm happy with them. Here's the technique in a nutshell.
You need Shimmery White card stock. (Yes, Stampin' Up!®
sells it. It's gorgeous.) Stamp a detailed line image (like Fifth Avenue Floral, which is all I've seen this technique done with. I'll have to try something else soon) in craft ink or VersaMark, then heat emboss with either clear or white powder.
Select 2-3 colors of classic ink refill. (I think you can also use craft. Actually, I think that's what the original demo used, but I used classic and it worked great.) Drip several drops of each on a palette. (You don't want them running together yet.)
Spritz card stock with water. You really do want little puddles of water in the hollows between the embossed areas. Take your aqua painter and touch an ink refill color. Then just touch it to a puddle of water in the image. Zing! It's like magic.
Keep doing this with the different colors until you get the look you want. You can blend 2 colors in a puddle if you want. Just scribble on scratch paper with the aqua painter, then squeeze a tiny bit of water out until it's running clear to clean it between colors.
Let it dry. This may take a while. I got distracted while mine was drying and never got back to my stamp room, so I'm not sure how long it took. Maybe 20 minutes, if it's really humid. You can kind of "sop" up some water with a paper towel – which will lighten the colors a bit. And you can speed drying time with your heat tool. But it's a very cool technique, and super easy.
Here's one almost exactly like the first, but I embossed with gold powder for a little different look.
Here's the complete supply list (all SU!®):
Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations, Fifth Avenue Floral
Ink: VersaMark; Chocolate Chip classic; Classic refills: Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, Pink Pirouette
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Shimmery White card stock; Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: White (and gold) embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, aqua painter, Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Impressions Pad, Silicone Rubber, Little Leaves Sizzlet
There are lots of videos out there with this technique. (I told you, everybody's doin' it!) Here are a couple links:
Sharon Rogers (and thanks to Sharon, I now know the name of the technique. It's called Reinker Spread. At least by Sharon.)
Patty Bennett (ok, Patty calls it "Watercolor Roses." So who knows?)