whatever happens...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I hope you are ready to get a little messy...
Today is about letting go of our need for complete control. Letting what ever happens, happen. Some times we get too caught up in perfectly colored images, using just the right colors, and adding accents in the most effective places possible. Honestly, it can get a bit overwhelming!  

So, once in a while, it is nice to step back and just let things happen. Watch the magic unfold before you. It is amazing what results you can get, and no two will ever be the same.

What you need:
Nonstick craft sheet
Distress Ink
Paint brush
Spray mister (filled with water)
Heat gun (optional, but sure helps!)

 Step 1: swipe your Distress Ink(s) across your nonstick craft sheet to transfer ink onto the sheet.  You'll want to lay down a fair amount of ink. You can use one color or multiple colors. Just don't swipe one ink on top of where you've swiped another ink or your ink pads will get messy!

 Step 2: use your paint brush to flick droplets of Creative Inspirations Paint randomly on your ink swatch. If the paint is thick, you may need to mix some of the paint with a little water to make it flickable. 

 Step 3: use a mister filled with water to spray the ink and paint until you have juicy droplets of ink instead of swipes.

 Step 4: put your paper face down in the inky goodness and press down. Don't smear it around,  just press down over the whole thing.

 Step 5: carefully lift up your paper and dry it. It may look something like this, but keep in mind that each time you do this it will be unique. The paint and ink will do whatever they want. I love that!

 Step 6: to add more dimension (and to not waste ink!) gently tap the paper randomly in the ink/paint puddles that are still on the craft sheet. Dry between taps to build layers. 

 This is how mine turned out. I love how some spots are packed with sparkle while others just have hints of shimmer. And all those random splotches of color...LOVE IT!

 Still have extra ink on the craft sheet? Not a problem! Just grab another piece of paper and dab it in. This is the second paper I did with a pink and yellow mix. The colors are a lot more blended, and more of the white shows through, but It still looks wonderful!

For this card, I stamped the flower in gray ink, and hand cut it out. I added a little bit of shading with Distress Ink and a waterbrush to add dimension to the petals.

For the center of the flower, I painted "Silver Frost" CI on, then added drops of Glossy Accents over it. It really adds dimension and looks almost like little drops of rain.

This card was super fast to make... I had the background just sitting around, and was able to turn it into a card in no time. Great for those last minute "oh yeah, I'm supposed to have this in the mail today" moments. =)


Supplies Used:
Paper: watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (various), Memento "London Fog"
Stamps: Stampendous "Jumbo Peony",  Fancy Pants "Doodles & Things", Recollections "Lace Backgrounds"
Creative Inspirations: Silver Frost, Antique Silver
Other: Glossy Accents


You are so gifted, Kassi. You always find ways to amaze me using CI paints! I have to try this. :)