I wanted to use the set Countryside because it is one of my favorite masculine sets and will sadly be retiring at the end of this catalog. It is a great set to watercolor, so I thought this white washing technique would be cool to try. Every card I have seen has first been embossed with white, but I thought that might look funny with the truck so I embossed in Early Espresso instead.
I cannot believe I did not try this technique sooner! I don't know if my version is technically called white washing or not. lol I did use Whisper White Craft ink with my Aqua Painters, so does that make it white washed? I don't know! Anyway, this is the next best thing to having paint available in Stampin' Up! colors as far as I am concerned. I put drops of WW Craft ink on a plastic plate and then used reinkers to add color to each drop. I used Not Quite Navy, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Basic Gray. Then I just picked up the "paint" and colored on my embossed image. So easy and what a great way to add and blend color nicely on the cardstock! I am just ecstatic over the final results and can't wait to try some of the beautiful white flowers I have been seeing everywhere!
Stamp Sets: Curly Cute, Countryside
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft
Tools: Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Aqua Painter, Simply Scored
Accessories: Early Espresso Embossing Powder