Video: Faux Texture Inking + Mini Distress Ink Pad Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a fun faux texture inking technique along with a peek at the newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads. Oh, and a giveaway!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Again, my apologies for the poor video lighting!]

I don’t think I have any one product I use more than Distress Ink. The number and type of techniques you can use this ink for is incredible! Today I used various Mini Distress Ink colors along with my Mini Ink Blending Tool over a flower stencil for fast and smooth coloring. I then laid the Dreamweaver Stencil Screen over the stencil and inked some more… creating the grid-like texture you see on the leaves and flowers. Such a fun way to stretch your products.

I also did this technique to the edge of my card… and added a black and white stamped strip for contrast. Oh, and that greeting? It is a new one from Avery Elle. So fun!

Distress Inks have always been available in full-size ink pads but are now also available in a mini size. This size is great for anyone who wants to get their hands on a lot of colors, or just likes the convenience of working with a small size. There were originally 12 mini colors, but today Ranger released 12 more. I store my mini ink pads in little sandwich containers (love this line of containers), along with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and replacement foams. This works so very well! I have three containers for my inks and they store easily.

Want to procrastinate a bit this Monday morning and check out a few more of my Distress Ink videos?


How would you like to try the 12 newest colors of Mini Distress Ink Pads? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/21/14 for your chance to win.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH and for Amazon click AMZ…




















Video: Pigment Ink Multi-Inking (with Avery Elle)


As promised, I have a video showing the new Avery Elle pigment inks… and a fun and easy multi-inking technique that works well with pigment inks

I am so loving that many companies are coming out with inks. The more the merrier, as many offer different ink types and colors. Put them all together and you have all the options you need to be a happy stamper! The new Avery Elle pigment inks are simply delicious. I will admit that I was a bit unsure at first. But once I tried them I was SOLD. I love them. (A pigment ink has to be really good for me to like it. My other favorites are Mama Elephant and Memento Luxe. The ink consistency of the AE is similar to the ME inks. You can see a video with more on pigment inks HERE and HERE.)

For this card, I took advantage of the fact that pigment inks are slower to dry. That way I could slowly ink the stamp in little areas here and there with an sponge dauber to get layered color. This Avery Elle ink works perfectly for it! Isn’t the Thanks a Bunch floral stamp set fantastic? I also love the greeting from the Needle Little Love set. (Check it out in the thumbnails below – it is fab.)

I also added a few touches of dimension and shine. First, I stamped and clear embossed the Impression Obsession Beauty Text stamp on the background. Next, I added a few spots of Glossy Accents here and there and sprinkled on tiny bits of Glitter Ritz glitter for a touch of bling. Very subtle. Very effective.

All the supplies I used on this card are linked at the bottom of this post. Here are all 15 pigment ink colors (and reinkers) Avery Elle has to offer: (Click to see more.)

I would love to hear if you are fan of pigment inks. My love for them is growing big time!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great one!

(By the way – as always – I was not asked to promote these inks. I did so because I really think they are excellent quality.)


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH






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Creative Chemistry 102… 3 Ways

Hello! I decided to take some time to play along with Tim’s Creative Chemistry 102 class. If you haven’t signed up, you still can! There are lots of incredible techniques and card examples. Not to mention hours of videos by Tim.

I picked three techniques from class and a new fabulous stamp set from Avery Elle and got inky! It is fun to show the many looks you can get from the one set.

Now, I am not going to go into details on how I created all these since that is part of the class content. :) But you are welcome to check out class anytime – it never goes away.

Alcohol Ink: Tinted Pearls

In class, Tim shows ways of changing the colors of embellishments and such with Alcohol Inks. I decided to do this on some plain pearls and give them a golden marble look. Really cool in real life…

I used the new Avery Elle Winter Wreath stamp set along with the bow from their Laurels set. So much you can do with that wreath!

Here is a closer look at those golden pearls. Just pounced some Butterscotch alcohol ink on them…

Distress Paint: Eroded Metallic

In the first day of class, Tim showed a technique he called “eroded metallic.” My first attempt didn’t turn out nearly as well as his, but I went with it anyway!

I first create a background by blending areas of Broken China, Salty Ocean, Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage Distress Paint on white cardstock. Once it dried (and is therefore permanent), I covered it with Brushed Silver Distress Paint and added splotches of water. After part of it dried, I dabbed off the still-wet paint with a paper towel, leaving the splotchy areas of silver. Love it. (In class, Tim shows how to do this with great ease – a must-see.)

I then white heat embossed the images on top and cut out the center to reveal the greeting. Wish you could see the shine of the background in the photo. (Oh – and I used water with Perfect Pearls in it for some added shine.)

Embossing Effects: Faux Chalkboard

Everyone is trying to achieve the perfect faux chalkboard look these days. And Tim nailed it with the technique her shared on the last day of class

Black cardstock + Frosted Crystals Embossing Powder + chalk = perfection! Again, check out the class for how this is done. So easy.

That’s it! Three different techniques with three different looks with the same stamps. Boom. :)

See you soon!

(For more information on Creative Chemistry 102, visit Online Card Classes.)


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Avery Elle Winter Wreath Stamps (SSS|EH)


Avery Elle Laurels Stamps (SSS|EH)


Alcohol Ink Applicator (SSS|EH)


Butterscotch Alcohol Ink (SSS|EH)


Brushed Pewter Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Salty Ocean Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Broken China Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Bundle Sage Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Weathered Wood Distress Paint (SSS|EH)


Ranger Mini Misters 3 Pack (SSS|EH)



Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (EH|SSS)


Hero Arts Green Hills Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Grass Chalk Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Punch Chalk Ink (SSS|EH)




Ruby Red Liquid Pearls (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Medium Pearls (SSS|EH)