Video: Stencils, Distress Ink + Water

Hi there! Yesterday I shared a video from my friend Sandy Allnock showing a magical technique with Copic Markers and stencils. Well, I am back today with a video inspired by hers. Instead of using the markers, blending solution and a stencil, I used Distress Inks, water and a stencil. It is like magic – such a cool technique!

[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.)

I die cut a large heart from white cardstock and covered it very generously with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. This will give a dull grey color, but after adding water and Perfect Pearls, you get a silvery heart that is stunning. (For gold, use Antique Linen Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls.) I finished it off with a Savvy Stamps Thanks die cut (sorry – it is a hard one to find – just click “tell me when it is back in stock!” – see more on this below) and a fun “I love working with you” message from the MFT At the Office stamp set. (Lots of good, unique sentiments in this one.)

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I noticed that many of these products are out of stock at the stores I link to. However, I have checked with the stores and they all have been re-ordered (awhile ago) and expected back in stock very soon. Sorry! For a similar die, try the Paper Smooches Thanks die and for a similar stencil, try the Memory Box Textured Mini Dots stencil.

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Want to see a few more videos showing the magic of Distress Inks and water? Try these:

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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?

GIVEAWAY

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.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Watercolor Backgrounds & Iron-Off Embossing + Birthday Hop + Giveaway!

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.]

Watercolor backgrounds are so incredibly easy when you team up awesome background stamps with heat embossing, Distress Inks and pearlized water. Add a bit of ironing, and you have “how-did-they-do-that?” watercolor backgrounds.

All of these cards were done with the same technique. I started with my favorite watercolor paper and clear heat embossed a 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.

For some of the backgrounds, I applied the Distress Ink with my Mini Ink Blending Tool. For others, I just went direct to paper with the new Mini Distress Inks. These little ink cubes are easy to use and especially great if you want to get lots of Distress Ink colors without breaking the bank.

I kept the sentiment simple, using a fun one from Hero Arts with Liquid Platinum embossing powder on a label die cut.

By the way… I used a cutting board for working with this background. This was so helpful!

Here is a closer look at each background…

Fun, huh? If you like this technique, be sure to also head over to the Hero Arts Blog HERE. I showed in a video how I did the iron-off embossing with watercolor technique to create this card…

Want more ideas for iron-off embossing? Check these out:

  • By Marion – I love Marion’s stunning use of this technique. Such bold color!
  • By Laura – Laura (who is only 16!) used soft watercolors for a simple but stunning look. She has a video, too!
  • Another Example – Here is another from me. This technique is addictive!

BLOG HOP

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 of Cristina Martinez. ***** (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to ABNH.)

GIVEAWAYS

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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Video: Distress Ink Splatter

Hello! Today I am again a guest on the Little Tangles Neat & Tangled Challenge Blog. My video shows creating Distress Ink splatter

[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

This technique works best with simple images, like the outline heart from the Neat & Tangled You & Me stamp set. After I stamped lots of the hearts on watercolor paper with various bright Distress Inks, I added droplets of water with a brush. The nice thing about this technique is that the water and the Distress Ink do the work for you. You just have to let it dry and the magic will happen!

I also heat embossed a strip along the edge of my card for a faux metal tape look. I used the same Liquid Platinum embossing powder for my stamped greeting. (Yay! I kept it a one layer card!)

As part of the the Little Tangles Neat & Tangled Challenge Blog “Don’t Forget the Envelope” challenge, I created a matching envelope…

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Video: Distress Ink Bleed and Insides of Cards

Hello! Today I am guest over on the Neat & Tangled challenge blog. (The owner, Danielle, I another of the industry’s greatest gems.) They have a great challenge focusing on the insides of cards. My video shows this and a fun Distress Ink bleed technique

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

I love techniques. Love them. It is 90% of the fun of cardmaking for me. And I really think this one is a favorite… although I haven’t done it in years. I just need a better name than “Distress Ink bleed”. LOL

The new Neat and Tangled Hope Anchors stamp is perfect for the Distress Ink bleed technique. I first stamped the image with various colors of Distress Ink on my new favorite watercolor paper. To create the bleed, I misted each area of the stamped image once from about 4″ away. The water will react with the Distress Ink (a unique property of these awesome inks) and cause veins of color to shoot out from the image. SO VERY COOL. You can add more water if you want a softer result. But I love the little bit of bleed.

Once dry, I stamped over it with black ink. I love the bold black against the fun watercolor results.

And on the inside? I cut and matted a piece exactly like I did on the front and created a heart with the same technique.

Looking for more ideas like this one? Try these:

By the way, I love tying the inside of cards to the outside of cards. Be sure to check out the Neat and Tangled challenge blog for more ideas for this challenge. If you play along, you could win a prize…

I will be there today and again in a few weeks. They have one of the best design teams. Lots of great clean and simple designs!

See you soon.

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