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Hydrowash.  What are they?  

Hydrowashes are a water-based fluid stain. They work great on porous surfaces such as backgrounds or unfinished wood. They are really meant to cover a broader surface than doing a simple stamped image. But because they can be used with a brush you can also apply them for what is going to work best for your crafting needs.

For this project I created a 6"x12" card panel with a piece brown cardstock that I scored in half.  Then I layers some of the Brown Plaid card stock and of piece of Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets "Blue Diamond".  Deceasing each layered piece by almost a 1/2", distressing the edges and inking them with the Raven Detailed Ink.  Lastly to finish off my layered card base I stamped a random background stamp to create a grungy background with Raven Detailed Ink.  

Next stamped my squirrel from the September Inspiration Box "Autumn Bundles" and colored with an Aqua Pigment Brush and water colored pencils.  Then fussy cut him out and using the Deco Foil 3D Foam Squares popped him up in the corner.  

I like to get inky all at once.  So for this next step I grab my Hydrowash Espresso  and using a foam paint brush I coat my unfinished wooden acorn.  Making sure to coat it so there is no white showing, including the sides.  

On a Brutus Monroe Mixed Media Mat I used Aqua Pigments Yellow, Autumn Aqua Pigment Bundle -Set (but just the Hunter and Auburn) and Hydrowash Espresso .  Then I water the paper and also the Aqua Pigment puddles I have created on my media mat and swish a sheet or two of the Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment Paper till it is coated.  Lastly I will flick watered down acrylic black and water onto the paper, making sure not to make too many spots.  

Then I coat my wooden acorn a second time.  It is important not to do the second coat till at least 5 -15 minutes have passed.  Otherwise the wood will not take on the second coat.  Then I applied Glitter Glaze of my choice to the tops of the acorns.  And used a toothpick to create a textured look.  Then let dry.  

While my pieces were drying I used the Cutting Die - Autumn Leaves to cut a couple of sets of my leaves.  Then I used some iCraft Decofoil Ultra Bond Adhesive to attach my acorn and my leaves to my card.  

Hope that you enjoyed this project and helps answers some questions!  

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Kay McBride - September 29, 2020

that is pretty darn awesome! I was wondering what the hydrowashes were for now I know! TFS

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