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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Water Reactive Coloring with Kimberly Crawford

I saw a technique at For Love of Paper by Kimberley Crawford and wanted to try it out.
She calls it Water Reactive Coloring with Distress Oxides

She has a video to explain how she does this, so you can go to her site and watch it.
I made two since I was doing it.  I have to say I did add a little white prismacolor pencil to the leaves to give a little more contrast.  I think I could have achieved that look by just going back and bringing out more of the color with my paint brush, but when it was dry, it was just easier to add a little white coloring.  It is important to use a lighter and darker color when you are sponging on the Oxide inks in order to get a contrast of the colors once you add water and blot out the ink.
This was a very elegant and fun technique, I hope you will go give it a try!

Heart Hugs, friends!


  1. Oh my, how lovely these both are Colleen! I love the subtle colors and gold embossing. A stunning technique, my friend!

  2. These are BEAUTIFUL Colleen and I will definitely be checking out the video to see how you did this!! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! :0)

  3. These are beautiful cards. The touch of white pencil just set those leaves off perfectly.

  4. These are spectacular, Col! I want to see this design now in every hue! The touch of white is inspired! I'm pinning! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Gorgeous cards Colleen!! Love this technique and thank for the link. Have watched the video and want to give this a try. I do love the white that you've added to create highlights. Great tip! xx

  6. Beautiful cards and color lifting technique, Colleen. TFS your cards and video. I liked how you added white pencil to the leaves for more of a contrast. Hugs..

  7. These are stunning, Colleen! I keep meaning to try out that technique--maybe now I will! The use of the white pencil was a great idea!

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