Thank you card with magic INK technique

Thank you card

A great scours of inspiration has been watching these great little (10 min max) video tutorials on various art techniques over at YouTube. I'm following this awesome illustrator Mary Doodles and she creates fantastic illustrations using india ink combined with water colors. Check this Wolf in INK video out, isn't it MAGIC? The thank you card I am sharing has been done with that technique. Super fun and easy to do! You just have to move quickly and accept serendipity!

Thank you card
If you can't really draw, or are stumped on idea's what to draw, you can also use stencils. I have taken a feather stencil (by Viva Decor) and placed it on top of watercolor paper (maruman zuan) and brushed water over the stencil onto the paper. Removed the stencil, got my brush loaded with india ink and tapped the water on various places to make the feather appear. SO FUN to watch! The outcome is not perfect or as sharp as the stencil is, but I love the airy "feathery" feel they have. Once dry the india ink is water proof. I wet my paper a little in various places and tapped a bit of fountain pen ink in Diamine Magenta and Havasu Turquoise on the water to spread and mix. I mopped up some excess water and spattered more inda ink and a bit of water to get some more texture. The Thank You sentiment is a stamp from Studio Light, a nice hand written font adds to the whimsy of the card. Matted onto black card stock and then onto a blue card. I chose a violet envelop for it to keep the color scheme going. 

Check out more of Mary's awesome How To tutorial video's HERE. Hope this inspired you to get out some india ink and various water color ink and play with them. Once you get going, you can make a whole stack, trust me!

Entering this card in the

  HLS February Watercolor challenge

And because of the layers of colors Rubber Dance Layers Challenge

And over at Stamplorations CAS card challenge for February

This card was sent to P.W. Akkerman in the Hague for organizing such a great welcome for the first ever fountain pen meet up which was this past weekend :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


  1. Sounds like a fun technique and a beautiful result. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance layers challenge. Hugz

  2. Beautiful card!! What a fun technique, I want to try that. Thanks for sharing the link to the Wolf in Ink video - it's just WOW! I can't draw like that, so using a stencil instead was a super idea! Thank you for joining our Layers challenge once more at Rubber Dance ♥

  3. What a creative technique and your end result is such a striking and pleasing card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  4. Mooie technique en bij jou een prachtig resultaat! Fijn weekend!

  5. Awesome design and detail! Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge this month and I hope you will join us again soon. Sending hugs, Gloria

  6. This is wonderful! Loved the colors used here too! Thank you so much for playing along with us at STAMPlorations this month! :)
    Suchi- DT xx

  7. What a stunning card! Love the colour combo on the background and bold impressions of feathers in black that really stand out beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at STAMPlorations February CAS Card Challenge. I am sorry for being late with my comment, catching up today. - Sweet Kobylkin


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