Friday, August 13, 2010

It’s That Time

And just in time for FWF.  We promised more tutorials.

And here’s another one.

Hope it’s all you’ve been waiting for.

I know there seem to be a lot of steps

But it’s really easy peasy

Just wanted everyone to get it!

(all images are clickable)


  • Line Drawing ImageSupplies
  • Background Stamp
  • Liquid Pearls – White Opal
  • Versafine (archival ink/waterproof ink)
  • Mini Mister
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Acrylic Block
  • Distress Inks – Your Choice (I used Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Bundled Sage, Old Paper)
    • Optional Supplies– Chipboard
    • Plastic Microscope Slide
    • Glossy Accents
    • Silk Cord
    • Silver Bail

  1. Step1Stamp your image using the archival ink on the watercolor paper backed with chipboard.
  2. Step2 It’s now time to prep your paint.  Take your acrylic block and press your 1st color of distress ink into it.
  3. Step3You should get a nice pool of color like so.
  4.  Step4 Once you’ve done this, you will then add a dot.  That’s right, just a small dot of Liquid Pearls.
  5. Step5Then take your Mini Mister and spritz the area with one spritz of one.  The more water you spray the less concentrated your color (or lighter) your color will be.
  6.  Step6 This is what it will look like with just the Liquid Pearls & the spritz of water.
  7. Step7Once you done Step 5 take your paint brush and mix up your color, Liquid Pearls & water, this will make up a paint like mixture.
  8.  Step8If you’re going to be doing just a small area of “painting” feel free to go ahead & mix up all of your colors.  Otherwise hold off because these will get dried up.
  9.  Step9 Here’s a sample of what it will look like once you get started.
  10. Step10And once you get done “painting” with all three colors.  I used Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Bundled Sage
  11. Step11The rest of the steps is really where it gets quite optional.  Ink up a background (I used Old Paper).  Since it is quite a bit larger, especially in my case, I just inked up an area I knew was large enough to cover my project.  When you do choose to do this, it has a tendency to be forgiving of any leaking on the watercolor paper.  Making it look even more artistic.
  12.  Step12 I then put it on top of the stamp instead of putting the stamp on top of the project because then it could get “lost” in which it could mess it up.
  13. Step13This is what it should look like depending on your background
  14. Step14 You can then stamp a sentiment, which I choose love grows
  15. Step15Depending on how you choose to use your project.  I was doing these for MnT (Make n Takes), so they were pendants.  So I grabbed my glossy accents and used a couple of dots on the top and bottom of it and popped on a plastic slide mount.  I used plastic for a couple of reasons.  1)  They don’t break & 2) They wouldn’t be in any danger of cutting anyone
  16.   FinalTADA!! The finished project!!

For more information project specific questions please go to Sara’s blog.


StampinCathy said...

What a fun technique. This turned out awesome and thanks for a great tutorial.

Angi Barrs said...

Wow. Love this technique. TFS Gonna give it a try :)

JazzyH said...


NoraAnne said...

Very cool tutorial, thanks for sharing and I love the end result!

Unknown said...

just beautiful!

Unknown said...

Love being a fly on the wall watching your process pic by pic. thanks so much for sharing and inspiring. Couple techniques that I've never tried. Very cool!

Linda said...

That neat and such a pretty card!

Lisa said...

This is AWESOME!!!! And I think I actually have all the supplies to do it, save the plastic slide. Could probably use fragments, eh?

Carolina said...

What a lovely project and thanks for such a fun tutorial - wonderful step-by-step directions and pics!

shuggy said...

very nice!

Theresa said...

That is such a cute project! And who would have ever though of painting with inks and liquid pearls? Well, of course you did, but I certainly would not have. thanks for the tutorial!

farmhouse-story said...

awesome tutorial, sara! cute pendants!

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous.... thank you so much for the tutorial, I can't wait to try it out!!!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

okj83 at live dot com

Lori said...

How pretty! Thanks for sharing the detailed tutorial.

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Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOWOWWWWW! I love this tutorial!! I am def. going to have to try this out:) I love how creative and clever you are!! And this finished bookmark is BEAUTIFUL! I must get that grid stamp as well as OLD PAPER ink! I haven't heard of it--MUST GET:) YOU ROCK, Sara:)

Sherri Everett Thompson said...

This is fabulous, Sara! I have never made a pendant before, but it's something I have been wanting to try. Your tutorial was great!

Nathalia Castellon said...

What a beautiful little project! Thanks for the picture tutorial! :)

Unknown said...

Definitely gonna try this technique. Love it!!