Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #774 May 26th 2021
Hidden Coloring  
Splitcoast Community Manager Lydia Fiedler shares how to create the look of smooth pencil blending without all the work.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Duralar .005 Matte Film
  • Polychromos Pencils or Similar
  • Large Floral Image
  • Ink that is suitable for non-porous surfaces
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Carol wants to know: "I have been given several pigment ink pads. I know pigment ink is great for embossing, but what else can I use it for?"
    A: I didn't use pigment ink for the longest time because I am terrible at heat embossing. Turns out it can be heat set with an iron, which was a complete game changer for me. Pigment inks are water soluble, so you can use them for watercoloring as well as any wet background technique (like "smooshing".). They dry slowly so they're great for blended backgrounds - the inks sit on top of the paper rather than soaking in, so they remain vibrant. They are great for monoprinting - HERE is a tutorial using them on an acrylic block and a gel press. They can also be permanently heat set on fabric. Our team did a product review of some Colorbox pigment inks a few years ago - there are more great ideas in the reviews and the sample gallery!
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    jmhoffmann has ideas for the 3D Envelope Card: "I LOVE this!! Such a versatile project that could be adapted to any occasion just by switching out color palettes and images!! Thanks for sharing!"

    Tutorials You May Have Missed
    Dappled Watercolor Background Use a wet-into-wet technique to create a textured background.
    Dappled Watercolor Background tutorial
    Dappled Watercolor Background gallery

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