Mansi with Distress inks + Watercoloring + Hydrangeas = STUNNING!!!

Mansi with Distress inks + Watercoloring + Hydrangeas = STUNNING!!!
Hello, everyone! Mansi here again, this time with a very different card.

Hydrangeas are blooming everywhere right now and I couldn't help but paint some! I took to my Distress Inks again but used them just as I would water colors. The luminosity of these inks blows my mind away...hydrangeas are not easy to paint because of their complex structure, but I found it really relaxing to go over each petal and nurture it to life...slowly but surely all of it came together in this vibrant gratitude card.

Hydrangeas 1

Ok, so let's take a closer look at the process. I started off by stamping the Hydrangeas on Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper and heat-set the ink. Then I got four of my distress inks out: mowed lawn, wilted violet, seedless preserves and tumbled glass.

I gave the entire stamp a wash with tumbled glass and seedless preserves using a LOT of water and very little ink. Once I had heat-set that first layer, I then started adding the colors, one at a time.

Hydrangeas 2


The key thing to remember was adding darker colors to the "under petals" -- the ones that were in the shadows of the top petals. I added diluted bits of color first, going in with the more intense, non-diluted, pure ink in the third and final layer.

Hydrangeas 3

What that does is it "lifts" the original wash layer up, giving the illusion of light. At this stage I introduced the green using the same light wash technique and going over with more pigmented, less diluted detail brushwork in the second layer.

Hydrangeas 4

I then fussy-cut the colored hydrangea image and started assembling the card. I didn't want a plain white background but I also didn't want the background to take away from the star of the show: the flowers! So, I dry-embossed with Altenew's Mixed Sprinkles Stencil on a 4" X 5.25" cardstock sheet. It made for the perfect subtle background and almost reminds me of a dandelion blowing in the summer breeze.

I digress.

Hydrangeas 5

Adding some grass (painted with distress inks on watercolor paper and die cut), Ranger Ink liquid pearls for the centers, a big, bold paintbrush "thanks" die from Simon Says Stamp and an additional sentiment from Altenew's Best Sentiments stamp set completed the card.

While it took me a while to get the light and shadow just right in this card, I have to say it was totally worth the time. I enjoyed coloring with distress inks and love the luminosity of the colors and the depth/dimension this stamp allowed me to create.

Hydrangeas 6

Looking forward to painting another one of these in shades of pink next. What colors would you choose for your hydrangeas? Do share in the comments.

See you next time!


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Juhi Khanna

Juhi Khanna

Super gorgeous work Mansi! I love your hydrangeas



Wow!!!!! This is so beautiful!!!!!! Gorgeous! I love the purple shade too

Karthikha Uday

Karthikha Uday

Gorgeous coloring, Mansi!! I lovvve hydrangeas! <3

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