greeting cards

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


4 thoughts on “Make a splash”

    1. It’s one of those things that is really obvious… but only once someone else has pointed it out to you. I’ve used glossy accents for eyes and glass, but it never occurred to me to use it for water before.

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