What if I told you I used a straw to make the splattered background on this card?

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I started with a piece of Watercolor Paper and spread a generous amount of water on it with my Aqua Painter. I used Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point ink pads.  With the pad closed, I squeezed the lid, transferring ink inside the lid. I used my Aqua Painter to pick up one color at a time and squeezed a drop of color on the damp Watercolor Paper.  Because the paper was flat on my surface it just sat there in a small puddle. I used a straw and blew through it repeatedly, aiming for the ink as it began to move. I had very little control over where it would end up but I loved the way it turned out.  

I cleaned my Aqua Painter well between color changes, making sure the Watercolor Paper was damp each time. I have two words of warning.  1) Make sure your work surface is covered, and 2) rest between blowing the straw. I actually got a bit light headed.  I liken this to trying to fill up a balloon without taking in enough breaths between blowing. 
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I used a paper towel and laid it on top of the finished color, pressed and then lifted. Don't pick up the paper towel and move it around or you will move the color as well. Once blotted, you can either heat set it or allow it to dry. Once it was dry I used Basic Black Archival Ink to stamp the greeting.

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I stamped the pen on Whisper White cardstock and colored it in using a Blender Pen and the same ink pads, adding Smoky Slate for the pen tip. 

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I created a second card, changing the orientation.  I'll admit, as thrilled as I was with the outcome, it's not a card you can make a bunch of at one time. A girl needs a lot of oxygen for this technique! ((smile)) 

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