Video: Distress Ink Watercolor + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY

Hi! Today’s video shows how to combine embossing folders and watercolor (via Distress Inks) for soft, textured backgrounds. And! I am giving away THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch on YouTube.]

A couple days ago, I shared a technique where I applied ink to the inside of an embossing folder. (Click HERE to see the video.) Today, I am back with a spin on this technique. This technique results in a watercolor effect with lots of texture.

I started by applying Distress Ink to the inside of an embossing folder. I decided to use the Mini Distress Ink pads (more on these below) because I could directly apply many colors to a small area. I then misted the inked area with water – 10 to 12 times. After putting watercolor paper inside, I ran it through my die cut machine. The results? A watercolor look with texture…

This next example uses the same Tim Holtz Lattice embossing folder that I used above, but I inked the other side of the embossing folder…

By the way, for these cards, I used Distress Ink + water for a watercolor effect. You could instead apply watercolor directly to the inside of a folder for a similar look. You could also try Gelatos + water, other inks + water, etc.

I really am loving the Tim Holtz embossing folders because of the small patterns. Check out this one – the Trellis – it is so cool with this technique…

For this next example, I did something a bit different. I first used the embossing folder on plain watercolor paper. Then I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink over the embossed area… then misted it generously with water. This gives a more “controlled” look. (Or, as I prefer to say… “less artsy fartsy.” Hee.)

I also used a Tim Holtz Diffuser on this so that I could have an un-embossed area on the card. Worked great!

And finally, a look at the final cards. I once again kept them very simple since the backgrounds have so much to offer. For the banner die cuts, I used the Avery Elle Dotted Dies. (Really liking the embossed dots it gives around the banner.) The sentiments include “oh happy day” and “all smiles” (from the Mama Elephant Bountiful Blessings set), “miss you” (from the Mama Elephant In My Hearts set), and “birthday wishes” (from the Avery Elle Sending You set). I used Liquid Platinum embossing powders on all of these… and on the mini die cut hearts and stars.

Here are links to other projects that you may like:

I tell ya… there is no ink as versatile as Distress Ink. Love it!

GIVEAWAY

So… how would you like to get your hands on the newest THREE sets of Mini Distress Ink Pads? (The newest sets are 7, 8 and 9.) Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 6/28/14 for your chance. Good luck! (And thanks, Tim.)

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1,525 thoughts on “Video: Distress Ink Watercolor + Embossing Folders… and GIVEAWAY”

  1. Thank you for the many techniques using distress markers and inks. I would love to try these new combination of colors.

  2. Love those techniques! The cards look wonderful – I’m very eager to try this myself and would love to win the mini sets. Thanks.

  3. I have to say your cards are really gorgeous and what these inks cand do it’s absolutely amazing 🙂 Love the new Mini Pads, and hope to win one 😛 Thx a million for this giveaway and for the endless insipration you’re sharing with us .)

  4. Jennifer,
    Your videos are a joy to watch and I love your style of presentation.
    You make everything look so easy and speedy and send out those “you can do this” vibes and are always so quick to say there are alternatives if someone can’t afford the exact product being used !
    Hope I’m a winner, I love Tim’s inks !

  5. These little sets are so cute and now I can see they are easy to use. Thanks for the card tutorial! So bright and cheerful for summer occasions . Haven’t gotten these inks yet so thanks for the chance to win some!

  6. As usual, Jennifer, your samples are wonderful. Love the watercolor with embossing folder technique. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win some inks.

  7. Love, love, love your cards! I have a complete set of full-size Distress Inks and reinkers, but the minis seem so convenient for on-the-go crafting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Loving those embossing diffusers, I have often wanted this effect and I am thrilled to see a tool for it! Thanks Jennifer!

  9. Really great and simple cards. Love them! I also love the new small distress inks and would love to have the new ones. Thanks for a chance!

  10. Wow! Love all the techniques! Now I see why I definitely need the embossing diffusers, and I love the clever embossing powder storage. Would love to win some TH inks, but if not, do Hero Arts mini cubes work for “watercoloring” too?

  11. These cards are absolutely Beautiful Jennifer. I really like those mini distress inks and that container you use for your embossing powder. TFS.

  12. Great cards as usual!!! Thanks for all of the inspiration! I need to start making multiple cards at once like you!

  13. Hi I’m a newbie here. I keep hearing people mention you in their posts so I decided to come take a look. Thanks for sharing you cute card and video.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot
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  14. Thanks for sharing all your techniques. You have such a different take on things. I learn so much from you. Especially love all your organizing tips.

  15. Jennifer – These cards are so fun and colorful 🙂 I love your blog and videos be wise of your clear, great instructions and constant, amazing inspiration! I can’t wait to try this technique and the ink giveaway is too cool! Thank you and Tim for the great giveaway!

  16. LOVE LOVE your videos !!!! I have never used distress inks,and wishing to receiving this wonderful giveaway! Thankyou for all your tips and ideas for storage in craft rooms!! I go to your videos almost everyday!!!!!!!! thanks so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Jennifer, I love all your videos and have become a customer of Avery Elle and Mama Elephant based on your recommendations. Thank you. I would love to win these mini Distress Inks.

  18. Jennifer,

    Hope you are enjoying your vacation. Would love to win the mini distress inks! Love your videos.

  19. I always love your videos on youtube and tim is also a favorite designer, I would love to win the ink pads…. but you have over 1,400 comments and almost a week left before the drawing, and my luck is rarely that good. But this does look like a fun technique… and such a great use of so many wonderful products. Go Ranger!.

  20. I love this technique of using your embossing folders in a different way ! Thanks for sharing ..
    I would love to win the mini cubes:)

  21. I have two of the mini ink pads from the first 6 sets and I really love using them. They are so much more convenient to use than the big ones and you can stack them up really well to put them into a cupboard. I’d love to get some of the new colours.

  22. Wow, you used a lot of Tim Holtz things that I didn’t know existed. Love the mini ink pads.
    Love the Mama Elephant words. Love the techniques too. I am going to save this page for further reference.

  23. Beautiful technique and cards! Thank you for sharing. I just started using Distress Inks and am hooked. Don’t yet have any minis… would love to win!

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