Thursday, August 15, 2013

Perfectly matching flowers! Heres' how!

Hey y'all! Well, it feels good to be home! I had a bit of stomach troubles and was in the hospital for about a week, yuk! Glad we have them, but sure hate having to be in one! Im getting better now, feeling better each day soooo was playing around with some stuff and thought I'd share!

We all like our stuff to be matchy matchy, right? I know I do! And since Gina K has come out with her own line of inks now, it makes it even easier to have matching stuffs! Apart from what Gina K already offers ...ribbon, cardstock, buttons, papers, inks...You can use your reinkers for some many things! Here is a little pictorial of how I dyed some prima papers flowers to match Gina K cardstocks that I am using for a project. (I'm sure this is old school to most, but just sharing how I do it, lol!)

The Honey Mustard colored flower is one I have already done. First, put a drop or two of ink from your reinker onto nonstick craft sheet...this is Fresh Asparagus in this one.

Next, add some water. The more the water, the lighter the color of the flower. Also, once it dries completely, it will be lighter too, so that is something to keep in mind. The less water, the more intense the color, so its your choice!

After adding water, just stir around with your paintbrush and begin painting the flower. They are paper, so remember to treat gently! :D

And here is all of my flowers after painting with the inks! They are still wet here too. Another thing you can do, which I did on the red one, is go back with just straight reinker and touch the tips with your paintbrush that has been dipped into the straight ink. It gives it a bit more depth I think.

And lastly, I like spritzing mine with glammer mists! I love the sparkle it gives it plus kinda antiques it. Just spritz while laying on the craft sheet...the flowers can be wet or dry for this step.

Ta-Da!! All done! Well, they do need to dry. If I use a heat gun to dry mine, I will fluff up the petals as dry, makes the flowers more 'perky'. I usually dry with the heat gun, then I will let dry overnight so they will stick better onto whatevery I am using them for (which you can see next week during one of our Gina K hops! ;D)

Thanks for stopping by and letting my share my way of dying paper flowers! Hope yo uenjoyed!

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Products used:
Gina K Design reinkers in Fresh Asparagus, Honey Mustard and Cherry Red.
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold.


Judy Woodland said...

Beautiful flowers Cat. Another great use of the reinkers. So many possibilities, so little time. Thanks for the tutorial and all your inspiration!!

Tammie Lien said...

Cat i am old school too.I love this idea you are awesome.Thanks for sharing.I am so Happy you are feeling better.Hugs and Loves to you~~~

redwasher1 said...

Cat, sorry to hear you were in the hospital and hope you are feeling all better!!
Thanks for the tut, I have done this before but had forgotten about it and using Gina's ink will go perfect with the ribbon and card stock I have gotten.

Rosy Newlun said...

I hope you're feeling better and stay on the mend, Cat! Love your way to match flowers with Gina's cardstocks. Thank you for the step by step!

Anonymous said...

Great idea Cat! Way to go! Love it! Glad you are on the mend! Hugs! Seanie

Lynne said...

Great tutorial. Look forward to seeing what you do with them next week. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Hospitals are no fun.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

What a super technique. I don't have too many reinkers, but this inspires me to get some besides black and brown. Thanks for sharing this inspiring technique. Glad you're on the mend.

Anna Jernigan said...

Great flowers, and nice tutorial. I have even used the light tan colored packing paper from various orders that I've received in the mail. I fold it a bunch, then die cut the shape, and dye with DI's..results in an old "vintage-y" look. I will try your method, and dye them with re-inkers, like you demonstrated. THanks for the tip!!

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