Whack! Technique tutorial


Hi Everyone.I have had a couple of requests to explain how I achieved this look it probably has a proper name But I know it as the “Whack Technique” this is what you need and how you do it..DSC07601

The palest Inkpad you have but NOT white …you need to be able to see the colour I have taken two here Antique linen and Scattered straw ….either will do. If you don’t have these maybe try a pale green.  Using distress of other water-based markers Aqua Markers would be good for this too take a selection of colours I chose.

Crushed Olive.

Forest Moss.

Fired Brick.

Seedless Preserves.

Broken China.

Old Paper.

Tumbled Glass….oh and a water brush!


Using Both sets of grass and one of the birds from the Birds and grasses set. ink the bird in Antique Linen and stamp him on the card look were his feet are …you will need to marry the claws to the grass when we come to stamp it out  then make a mask for the bird by stamping on a post-it note and cutting it out don’t forget when you stamp the mask to include the image on the sticky part of the post it…lol how many times have I not done that.


Bird and mask now stamped in place we come to the grass…. I have used the grass with what looks like to me straw going across it  this is what I have popped the bird on ….


Do you see what I mean ? so taking the Grass-straw stamp ink it with scattered straw all over then when it is still wet, take your palest green distress or aqua marker and tap over the top randomly.


Continue doing this with the rest of the colours until you are happy you have covered most of the image.  See Below:


Then give a good Huff over the stamp and being careful to stamp it where the birds claws are …you “should” end up with something like this….


Leave the mask across the bird ink up the other grass stamp the one with the feathery  grasses on it. Ink it in Scattered Straw or Antique Linen.  Then using old paper Distress marker tap over the heads of the grass do the same with Crushed Olive and Broken China pens tapping as you go …


Stamp over the top of the grass and bird …he still has his mask on so will be good to colour when you have finished do this two more times. yours should look something like this .


Your nearly ready to start colouring I use a tile to spread my colour onto using the distress markers, again you could as easily use aqua markers or even the ink straight off the pads …stick to the same colours you have used for the grasses though otherwise you will have a muddy mess. Take the post it note off the bird and start to paint I have chose Crushed Olive,  then start to fill the leaves with a little colour don’t over do this it needs to be soft,  your’s should look a little like this  (see below)


All you need to do now is matt and layer …


And there you have it .

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial . And more to the point understood it . Any questions PM me I am always happy to help another crafter. xxx

Crafty hugs Bernie xxxx

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About Bernie Simmons

Hi Everyone. I am Bernie Simmons Proud member of the Hobby Art Design Team, I have been crafting for many years but started scrapbooking when I had my boys, James is now nearly 23 and Rory 19. It was while working out at Rory's school on day I was tacked to clean out an art cupboard...out fell stamps inks and brushes.....I was hooked. Love to craft and alter anything and I'm never happier then when I am either out with my two boy's walking our five Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs or covered in ink! I hope you like my makes and what I do.

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