Hello! I was recently asked by a local store to make some Hanukkah cards for them. I was happy to oblige, although I knew it would be a bit of a challenge. I don’t have very much in my paper crafting stash for Hanukkah, but I have a couple of things…including an old wood mounted stamp from Rubber Soul that says, “Happy Hanukkah” in calligraphy. I immediately thought of the beautiful faux dip-dye cards that Kristina Werner creates. They’re beautiful, and I thought they would be perfect for the cards I needed to make. She has several videos on this technique, but one of her newest ones can be found HERE.
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I’ve done this card with two combinations of blues. Both were done with my Gansai Tambi watercolors from Kuretake. I love this palette. The card above was done with Ultramarine Pale (#61), Prussian Blue (#66), and Black (#20). I used a 1″ Zen brush from Royal & Landnickel on watercolor paper. To create this, I started with a wash of the Ultramarine Pale, slowly getting darker, until I began to mix in some of the Prussian Blue. As that got darker, near the bottom, I added some black until the last layer was just pure black.
For this version, I used less layers and used thicker waves of color. I also changed up the colors a bit and used Cerulean Blue (#63) with the Prussian Blue and Black. This version also has a taped off edge, which I really like. Once the panels were dry, I applied some anti-static powder to help ensure I would get a nice embossed image. I inked up my sentiment with VersaMark ink, and heat embossed it with gold. I mounted the panels on to an ivory card base.
Which version do you prefer?
I love how these both came out. And this faux dip-dye technique is fun and relaxing. I’ll definitely be doing this again, perhaps for a different occasion with other colors. I will have a completely different Hanukkah card to share with you soon. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Gloria Palmer says
This technique is stunning! So elegant, yet very artsy. So many options for this technique as well. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and talent.