Hello! Today’s video shows one of my favorite techniques from back in the day, but one I haven’t done in awhile. This easy Distress Ink watercolor technique never fails and looks even better when you use DIY pearlized water…
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]
When I saw the new Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprints 4 stamps, I knew exactly what technique I needed to use with them. This “easy Distress Ink watercolor” technique is one I used to teach in classes years ago. It honestly never fails. You can use any colors of Distress Ink together… and they will always blend in amazing ways. It is hands-down the easiest way to get a watercolor look.
I gold heat embossed the greetings from another great stamp set from Tim – the Styled Woodlands – and added it with foam dots. For the perfect matching mat, I gold embossed cardstock… and then finished the cards off with pearls.
This technique works best with Distress Inks (by far), but you could use plain water if you want. It works great for any outline stamp image… but especially floral images.
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]
I have always loved playing around with techniques. And there are a few that I have enjoyed tremendously along the way. But today’s technique? Well it is right at the top on my list of favorites. It is incredibly addictive!
The new Texture Paste from Ranger is perfect for adding color. Whereas dried Embossing Paste wants to (somewhat) resist Distress Ink applied on top of it (just takes it in lightly – which can be cool!) , dried Texture Pastetakes the color like a champ. It is gorgeous! I have showed in the past how you can add color to wet paste (check it out HERE and HERE), but adding the color to the dry paste is easier. Texture Paste gives you the option of doing both. Woot!
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube in HD.]
Ahhhh… Distress Inks + water + stencils + shine… it all makes me so happy. For this unique background, I started by generously applying Distress Inks to white cardstock with an inking tool. (You can try other dye inks, but Distress will work best since they react with water so well.) I then added the fun Halftone Circles stencil on top. In order to add water over the stencil in a controlled and non-oozy way, I used a clean ink blending tool… gently dabbing the water on top. Slowly – as the water absorbs into the ink – the water and ink will react and make a ghost like pattern. So. Very. Cool. I also added Perfect Pearls pigment powder to the water for some fun shine. (You could skip this part for more subtle dots.)
Hello! Today I am part of the A Blog Named Hero 2nd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. (More on that below.) I also have a video showing how to easily create eye-catching watercolor backgrounds with Distress Ink and water… along with iron-off embossing. Don’t get scared – it is easy! And I have 6 birthday cards to prove it. Oh, and a giveaway!
[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]
All of these cards were done with the same technique. I started with my favorite watercolor paper and clear heat embosseda Hero Arts background. (I used six different ones – they are all linked in the thumbnail images at the end of this post.) I then applied Distress Inks in various colors. Next, I very generously sprayed the pieces with pearlized water. (I make my own by putting approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder into a mist bottle full of water. I have stored it this way for years! But you could just use regular water or another shimmer mist.) Once it was dry, I ironed off the embossing and am left with interesting, one-of-a-kind watercolor backgrounds.
As I mentioned, these birthday cards are part of a celebration of A Blog Named Hero’s 2nd birthday. A Blog Named Hero is one of the best challenge blogs out there with some of the nicest gals. There are lots of incredible cardmakers participating today, so I encourage you to check them out! ***** Next be sure to hop on over to the fabulous blog ofCristina Martinez. ***** (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to ABNH.)
As a thank you for sticking with this long post (ha) and hopping in the ABNH Blog Hop, I have giveaways! There are TWO ways to win. First, leave comments on all the blogs on the hop as ABNH will be picking winners of Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp prizes. Also – from me – one lucky winner will get two of my favorite Hero Arts background stamps. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/6/14. Good luck.
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