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Video: Reactive Inks, Three Ways!

by Jessica Frost-Ballas July 27, 2020 6 Comments

Good morning! Jess here with a cheery video to start your week!  I love the Reactive inks from Hero Arts and today I'm going to show you three fun ways to use them on one card: heat-embossing, ink-blending, and watercoloring!

I've also created a video for today's card and you can watch the video below or over at our YouTube channel!

To start I inked the School of Fish Bold Prints stamp with Lemon Drop and Creamsicle Reactive ink and stamped it onto a panel of Hero Hues Dove White cardstock. I used a blending tool to ensure a smooth blend between the two colors of ink and I used my MISTI to make sure my restamping was accurate each time. I stamped both colors twice for a really solid image!  Then while the Reactive ink was still wet I heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Then I blended Pool Party, Blue Raspberry, Splash, and Blue Hawaii Reactive inks over the panel focusing the lighter shades in the center of the panel. Once I finished blending I took a clean paper towel and buffed the excess ink off the embossed areas. The embossed fish resist the ink and become bright and vibrant again. I splattered the panel with water, blotted off the excess, and then set it aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the card.

Next I stamped the submarine from Deeply in Love with Versafine and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I smooshed Lemon Drop and Creamsicle Reactive inks onto my palette and used a damp paintbrush to watercolor the sub. I also used a little Artprint Brown and Black liquid watercolor for my painting. When I was finished I die-cut it with the coordinating Frame Cuts.  I stamped the sentiment from Deeply in Love onto Hero Hues Pitch Black cardstock with embossing and watermark ink and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. Once the panel was dry I trimmed it down to an A2 panel and adhered it to a top-folding Dove White card base. Then I trimmed the sentiment to a thin label and adhered the sentiment and sub to the panel with foam mounting tape. I added a few accents with a white gel pen and then finished the card with a layer of Crystal Clear Lacquer on the portholes and windows!  

I love all the fun ways you can use Reactive inks and I'd love to know how you use yours!  Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you have a fantastic week!

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CM457 Deeply In Love - Hero Arts
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AF428 Splash Reactive Ink - Hero Arts
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6 Responses

Lagene
Lagene

July 28, 2020

Awesome creation, love the colors!

Patty Lemos
Patty Lemos

July 28, 2020

LOVE this tutorial. Easy to understand and great technique. Keep them coming!

Julie Wexler
Julie Wexler

July 28, 2020

Jessica, this is gorgeous- I love the equisitely contrasting hues of the reactive inks you chose, and the clear lacquer for windows? Genius! Thanks for the inspiration— Be Well.

Lee Conradi
Lee Conradi

July 28, 2020

Love this card. I have the fishes 6×6 so you gave me some inspiration to try something similar. I would like to get the hero reactive inks but I don’t think I can afford buying them budget wise right now. (I’ll have to check is they sell them in sets with a discount.) Thank you Jessica.

Maureen Reiss
Maureen Reiss

July 27, 2020

Awesome card!!

Patt H.
Patt H.

July 27, 2020

I love this cute card, Jess, especially that gorgeous background! The colors seem to glow!!