Color Wash

Color Wash by Ranger makes great decorative paper for foreground images and background paper.

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards

Ranger makes Color Wash, ink in a spray bottle. By misting color wash over various stencils onto water color paper, you can create your own beautiful decorative paper. I learned this technique from Fred Mullett. He calls this technique “Elegant Mess”. I agree it’s both messy yet artistic. If he teaches a class in your area, I encourage you to take it. The class is fun and Fred is casual and funny.

color wash by ranger

The color wash paper is used for both the focal image and background! What makes it work for both is using a mix of paper. You need some  that has a lot of white and some that doesn’t have any white.

This paper also has some mica flecks on it. We splattered MicaColor on it.

butterfly left

To create a focal image like the butterfly you can draw it, use a punch or find a stamp that has an easy to identify shape (and create your own template). For this card, I used a stamp and made my own template.

For the background, I simply picked a section of color wash paper that I thought was pretty. Likewise, I selected a piece of paper that I thought would look nice as a butterfly and cut it out. I embossed the birthday greeting in gold.

elegant mess

The photo above illustrates what the card would look like if you use a mostly white background and a colorful butterfly. Same elements, yet a totally different look. This time the birthday greeting is stamped in black ink.

masculine birthday card with color wash

Above I attempted a masculine card. Dark colors seem more masculine at times. And nature can also be masculine…if the stamp isn’t too cutesy.

two hearts

You can create a ton of cards using the water color paper. Here I attempted to create a valentine card. I don’t really like how it turned out. So, this technique does take an eye for design.

hearts on panels

Again, I don’t really like how this turned out. But it gives you another idea of how color wash can be used.

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards – Supply List

  • Stamps: butterfly – Hampton Art Stamps; Rose Leaves – Rubber Stampede; birthday wishes – My Sentiments Exactly!
  • Inkpads: Crushed Olive & Forest Moss- Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Tuxedo Black – Memento; embossining pad
  • Other inks: Color Wash – by Ranger (all their colors); Stargazer MicaColor – by Artquest
  • Paper: water color paper 90lb.; various scraps
  • Other: gold embossing powder; circle punch; ribbon; gems, stencils (random)
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