This week I had the pleasure of attending the monthly gathering of Inch by Inch, the Inchie Club at Art N Soul in Lacey, Washington. Not only did we spend the evening experimenting with new techniques for making inchies, but I heard about some splendid vacation trips that included making inchies on the plane, at the pool and with new inchie buddies! I love attending Inchie Club meetings because not only do I make new friends, but I continue to pick everyone's brain on everything inchies.
In preparation for trading at the meeting I decided to make Halloween themed inchies.
First stamp the Lockhart Stamp Company Itty Bitty Witch's Hat #3039 on white cardstock with Tsukineko Memento Grape Jelly ink. Color the Witch's Hat with Prismacolor pencils; sand, canary yellow, mineral orange, poppy red and lilac. Add a finishing glittery touch to the stars and moon with a Sakura Stardust Pen.
The backgrounds are the most fun! Try experimenting with this technique using different color families and different images. It's as easy as layering three darkening Copic marker colors from a similar color family on a white Inchie Square. Start with the lightest color (the one on the farthest left) and completely cover the top and edges. Don't wait for this layer to dry - go right to the next color because the moisture from each coat will cause the 'pen strokes' to soften and blend a tad. As you apply each additional color use a very casual back and forth brush stroke to layer on the next darkest color. After applying the last color take the Stardust pen and draw lots of quick lines across the background following the 'lines' of the darker color (the one to the farthest right).
Trim out the colored Witch's Hat and attach to the square with a bit of foam tape to achieve a 3D effect. Adding a finishing layer of Ranger Glossy Accents will really make the hat stand out!
(Sometimes I get so impatient waiting for the Glossy Accents to dry...!)
But I guess they must have liked them because just like Halloween candy...they quickly disappeared!