Sunday, February 3, 2013

Dreams of Summer::Just a Note

Today's card is an all occasion card inspired by the colors of Tsukineko Kaleidacolor five-color ink pad appropriately named "Tomato Vine".  Since we are still in the dead of winter here in New England these colors are those of summer, a distant dream.

Every year on June 1st, a magical date here, I plant my garden.  That garden usually includes at least six to ten varieties of tomatoes, mostly Heirlooms, all of which are reflected in the colors found in this ink pad.  Memento's Peanut Brittle, Morocco, Love Letters, Espresso Truffle and Bamboo Leaves are a beautiful combination of colors, just like my tomatoes.  I actually made several cards using my new ink pad but the one for today is my favorite.

This card starts with a 4" by 6" piece of 90 lb. watercolor paper to which I have applied a light coating of gesso.  With a little help from my heat gun the gesso dries pretty quickly.  Next I used a brayer to apply ink from the new Tomato Vine pad.  Kaleidacolor's innovative sliding palette clicks together when in use and then apart to keep the colors from bleeding together when not in use.  Pretty clever!

After the ink was applied in both directions I sprayed a light mist of water on it and allowed the inks to blend.  I dried the damp paper with a heat gun again to set the colors.
To make a banner across the panel I used gesso and a stencil.  I applied the gesso with an old credit card, lifted the stencil gently and allowed it to dry.

 After the gessoed banner dried the sentiment from Rubber Stampede was stamped in the left lower corner with Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black ink .  The finished "watercolor" panel was matted onto black card stock and then glued onto a card made from a piece of folded white card stock measuring 4 3/4" by 6 3/4".  A large butterfly from K & Co. was affixed to the upper right hand corner.  What would summer be without butterflies? 

 Here is a list of the supplies that I used to make this card.


Tsukineko Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor five-color ink pad
Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black ink
4" by 6"  90 lb watercolor paper
4 1/2" by 6 1/2" piece of black card stock
4 3/4" by 6 3/4" blank white card
Self adhesive butterfly by K & Co
Stamp by Rubber Stampede


Old credit card
Paper cutter
Spray bottle filled with water

Thank you for stopping by today.  Please feel free to leave a comment, I love reading them.  If you have time I'd like to invite you to stop by tomorrow to see another card created with the new Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor ink pad.  If you want to see any of the other beautiful colors made by Tsukineko just check out their website  I hope to see you tomorrow!



  1. Renee- You are SO TALENTED!!! Loved seeing how you put this all together with the different products! As I sit here in Ohio in almost zero temps with snow on the ground, I too am looking forward to late Spring and planting garden and feeling the warmth of the sun!
    XOXO Colleen

  2. Love everything about itT The colors, texture, banner... all these elements make your card ROCK. Thanks for reminding me how those pads split/lock... I have some here than need to see some paper!

  3. Oooo, Tomato Vine! the name and the colors. Wow, your technique is fabulous! Such an inspiration!
    Here in Washington state our gardening season is similar as it doesn't start until mid-year. But then plants grow so fast you can almost watch them! I adore the scent of fresh tomato vines, so unique, so fresh!
    Thank you for sharing, Renee! It's a joy to meet and work with you on the AIR team!

  4. This is beautiful! I have never used gesso and now I was to try it!

  5. Great idea!! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Renee, I love your card because I love garden themes. And I was delighted to learn about using gesso this way. Hope to meet you, perhaps at summer CHA? Look forward to working with you

  7. So so RAD!!! I just LOVE this!!! It was great seeing you at CHA too!!!

  8. I love this and the beautiful butterfly!
    I love how eye popping gesso elements can be ;D

  9. Beautiful card and thanks so much for giving us a tutorial on it. I am just now starting to use paper and inks so this was a delight to see.