I used the long, thin clear block "I" for this technique, but you can use any block and any colors of ink. I used Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, and Flirty Flamingo Inks for a pink ombre effect. Protip: Work from lightest to darkest inks so that you don't muddy your ink pads. I applied the lightest color ink pad (Petal Pink) right onto the clear block. I applied the next lightest color ink pad (Blushing Bride) to the middle of the block, overlapping the first color slightly. Then, I applied the darkest color ink pad (Flirty Flamingo) to the end of the block, overlapping the middle color slightly. Here's how the block looks with the inks applied.
Next, I spritzed some water onto the block so the colors started to run into each other and I stamped the block directly onto a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Watercolor Paper. I spritzed the Watercolor Paper with water and let the colors run into each other some more. When I liked what I saw, I set the ink with my Heat Tool...because I'm too impatient to wait for ink to dry naturally!
Once the ink was dry, I put the Watercolor Paper into my Stamparatus and stamped the large flower from the "Good Morning Magnolia" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I used the Stamparatus because I knew the nubbly Watercolor Paper wouldn't "take" the ink completely the first time. I was able to just ink up the spots on the stamp that hadn't given me a good image the first (and second) time until I got a nice, bold image. I stamped the sentiment from the same set in the corner of the Watercolor Panel in Tuxedo Black, too.
I adhered the Watercolor panel to a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then onto a Blushing Bride Card Stock card base. And that's it!
I'll share another Protip using the acrylic blocks next week--they're quite versatile!!