Make a splash

I’m used to using glossy accents to highlight eyes or make balloons shiny and things on that scale. I had never thought of using thin lines of it to create rain or water ripples though.

For this card, I got out the pico embellisher instead of the glossy accents; it’s much more liquid and comes in a bottle with a fine needle tip which makes it easier to draw skinny lines (especially curved ones).

This is a great technique for anything watery, but I can see myself using it to add highlights to geometric coloured backgrounds as well.


  • stamps:
    Clearly Besotted – make a splash
  • inks:
    Ranger – archival – watering can
  • pens:
    EK Tools elegant calligraphy pen
    Sharpie – extra fine paint pen – white
  • Derwent Inktense pencils:
    dolphin – 2030 chinese ink, 2120 neutral gray
    water – 0830 navy blue, 0850 deep blue
    ball – 0410 hot red, 0250 cadmium orange
    sky – 0900 iris blue
  • embellishments:
    Pico Embellisher – shimmer
    Papercraft Essentials – lush glitter washi tape – light blue
  • paper and card:
    Strathmore – Bristol 300
    Papermill Direct – plain – azure blue


Online Card Classes – Sparkle & Shine

This card was made in May 2017 as part of the Sparkle & Shine class



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