Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Landscape Architecturing with Inks

Hi again, fellow Quietfire fans! Guest Designer Bibi from Nature's Print Shop here, with my second entry for March.

This time I want to show you how I make my landscapes, which is really easy. All you need is some ink pads, ink applicators (ink blending foam), tags or cardstock, and some rubber stamps.

First, I tear up two or three pieces from the sticky part of a Post-It note, so my masks stay still on the tag when I start smooshing ink. I prefer to turn my tag upside down and work my way downwards. I find it easier to do it this way because I can see better where I smoosh the ink. Just try it out and you'll soon find out which way you like to do it. 

Sometimes I use naturalistic looking colors, but I find that I usually choose colors that don't look like any landscape I have seen, except in my imagination.

  Adhere your tags to a card if you like. I love fiber, so I often add a lot of those.

You can turn the tag over and make long landscapes, too:

On the tag below, I clear embossed the sentiment first.
The moon was masked off with a circle punched out from a Post-It note.

I love to work on smooth surfaces, such as coated tags and Speciality Stamping Paper from Ranger. 
The ink applicators run more smoothly over these surfaces and the inks blend better, too.

If you haven't tried this technique before, I hope you will give it a go. But I have to warn you.... It can be HIGHLY addictive:

Thanks for looking, and have fun working as a "landscape architect"! :-)

Greetings from Norway,
Bibi Lindahl

Project Supplies:

Quietfire Stamps

In addition, I've used weed flower and leaf stamps from Nature's Print Shop


Robyn said...

Stunning! and you make it look so easy!
Always Kiss me goodnight is brilliant!

Shirley said...

Thank you Bibi for your easy to follow instructions, I can't wait to give this a try!

Anonymous said...

Delighful as always, Bibi. The landscape colors you call only from your imagination make my mind create a place where they exist.

June Bug said...

Love them, gonna go try some now!

Holly said...

I love these! I'll be doing this for sure. I need more bookmarks and this technique of yours is perfect! Thanks for so many great photos and samples.

Joy H said...

Yay, I can see the wonderful images now! These are beautiful Bibi - and your different examples really do a great job of showing how different colours can work together. Definitely a technique I'm going to try - thanks so much!

Yogi said...

love them all. And yes this is a fun technique. Have a great day

stamper said...

Bibi - I Love these tags! They are all absolutely gorgeous! I am definitely going to make some of these! Thanks for sharing.

BlackCats said...

Great technique Bibi. I'll have to get out my supplies and give this one a try. Thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...

I love this, so soft looking. It's like looking at mountains far away. And the technique looks to be do-able even by me!!! What a bonus!
sue, chilliwack

krcmasterpiece said...

They are all beautiful! I love it.

Bibi Lindahl said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! Glad to hear that so many will try this. Have fun! It IS fun! :-)


Quietfire said...

Bibi, these are stunning! (I tried commenting the other day, but technical issues slowed me down.) What an amazing collection! I love them!

AmyF said...

Oh! These are fabulous!! I hope to try this technique SOON!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Wow, wow, and wow! These are stunning! I've pinned a bunch of them. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful technique. Can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

love these, but did you also make a card called poppy heads, with ripped paperstripes. and two birds with long legs, little topnotches on their heads?

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