September 3, 2013

Tuesday Tips or Techniques: Dip-Dyed Technique!

New technique alert! Yes it's true, I have a new technique to show you today and I really like how this looks. The new technique I am showing you is called "Dip-Dyed" and take a look at my stamped panel:

Did you notice the 3 green colors on the background? From light to dark and I'm going to show you how!

Step 1:

You will need a container, rubbing alcohol and 3 re-inkers. Make sure you pick 3 colors that are from the same family and from lighter to darker. My colors for today's card are: Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green and Garden Green. You will also need a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and a Heat Tool.

Step 2:

Add rubbing alcohol in the bottom of your container and add 4-5 drops of re-inker. Swish it around to blend.

Step 3:

Using your cardstock piece, dip it in about half-way and let soak for a few seconds. I used a Whisper White Cardstock panel cut with the Deco Labels Framelits Dies.

Step 4:

Remove cardstock piece from container and let drip dry for a few seconds and then use your Heat Tool to dry your cardstock.

Step 5 & 6:

Repeat with color #2 and again with color #3, drying each color with your Heat Tool before adding the next color.

EDIT: I had one question about Step 2 & 3 about adding the colors to fresh rubbing alcohol, add the 2nd color to the 1st color. You don't need to start over with fresh rubbing alcohol. The same with color #3, add to existing color 1 & 2.

This is a close-up of my dip dyed cardstock. The lightest color doesn't show up well in the photo but it is there and very noticable:

Card Supplies:
  • Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
  • Inks: Wild Wasabi, Gumball, Garden Green, Calypso Coral
  • Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Itty Bitty Banners
  • Tools: Big Shot Machine, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Deco Labels Framelits Dies, Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Heat Tool
  • Misc: Rubbing Alcohol, Container
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  1. Love this new technique, thank you for sharing it Debbie. The lighter green color is so subtle but it does show in the card. This card is absolutely lovely!

    1. Thanks Maria, the 3 greens look great together with this technique!

  2. Wow....this is so neat. I love the color changes from light to dark. Very interesting technique. Thanks for sharing! Lynn G.

  3. Very pretty! Love how you used the shading to tie in with the green stem of the flower. Question - when you do the second and third colors, are you using a totally different mix of alcohol/reinker, or are you just adding the darker color to the already formulated mix of the first color? :)

    1. I need to go edit that to include: add to existing lighter color as you go. It deepens the colors even more. I thought of that last night and meant to change it! Thanks!

  4. Very neat technique Debbie. Seems pretty easy to do. It gives your card a unique look.

    1. It is pretty easy Patti, all you need is a little patience to dry in-between your layers of color, so much fun!

  5. I keep going back to look at this wonderful really is wonderful and I need to try it...just need to see what refills I have that will go together... Thanks, Debbie...always love your creative ideas!

    1. Have fun Carol! Thanks for your always so wonderful comments and for visiting!

  6. This is gorgeous and looks like so much fun too! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I wonder if you could use the same color ink, just add more drops to change the intensity of the color. Beautiful card, will have to try this.


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