This technique simply makes me giddy! It is so much fun. You don’t need much for it and it works with any outline stamp or fun background.
For the best results, I recommend heat embossing an outline image on regular white cardstock. (This works better than watercolor paper.) I used the gorgeous new Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea Stamps on Neenah 80lb white cardstock and then *generously* covered the entire piece with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink. Generously. Very generously. Like SUPER generously.
Next, I used a brush to “drop” water inside the lines of the image. Distress Ink reacts with water and causes the color to soften. Like magic! No effort required. It is like you are “lifting” the color away. I also used water and a brush to add in bit of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink colors.
It is amazing the difference that stitching makes!
Oh – I can’t forget to mention that I added Wink of Stella shimmer to the images for some shine. So shiny and soft in real life.
I am telling ya – this Distress Ink lifting technique is an easy one!
One of my favorite people in this industry is Julie Ebersole. I adore her. And I am incredibly proud of her – her new Essentials by Ellen release is wonderful! I gave a quick look at the products in my video… and you can see the release HERE.
To celebrate the new release, I am part of the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop.
Want to win a new stamp set from this great release? Here is your chance! The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock. For your chance, leave a comment telling me your favorite product from this release (see it HERE) by 11:59pmEST on 2/16/16. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed by Ellen Hutson and posted on the Ellen Hutson blog. International folks are eligible, too!)
There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom! To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by 2/16/16. All winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 12th!
Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the new EH release.)