Monday, July 6, 2009

Watercolor with Distress Inks

The inspiration for this card came from Jennifer McGuire's Thinking Inking classes on the Two Peas site. If you haven't checked them out she has some great video's using Hero stamps and Ranger products.
A friend came over and we watched all of the videos and it was lots of fun. It felt like we were getting great free stamping classes and we were :).
I hadn't been feeling really creative this last week and getting together with Tanya and talking stamping, visiting websites, taking the classes, and sharing ideas was just what the doctor ordered.
The card front was stamped on watercolor paper. I used my finger to apply the different color distress inks to the stamp, misted it with water and stamped the first image on the left hand side of the card, re-misted and stamped the same image along the bottom.
I didn't realize that you can emboss with distress inks until watching the videos, so had to give that a try. Inked the butterfly with distress ink, stamped on watercolor paper, applied clear detail embossing powder and embossed.
Using an aqua brush I picked up dabs of the green distress inks and colored the inside of the image, then cut the image out after drying with a heat tool.
The sentiment was stamped and cut out using a spellbinder nestability. The edges were colored using the aqua brush and applying the inks randomly, drying and rubbing tea dye distress ink along the edge.
Applied gemstones to the butterfly and flowers to finish.
Supplies used:
Hero Arts stamps CL267 card messages, K5133 Swirl with flowers, F5158 Heart winged butterfly
Ranger Distress Inks: Tea Dye, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick


  1. Hi, Debbie! I've been watching the Thinking Inking classes, too. You got amazingly beautiful watercolor results from your Distress Ink! :-)

  2. thanks for your lovely comments Debbie....and what a gorgeous card....I am a big fan of hero arts and Jennifer too....just love her vidoes...they are so inspiring.
    Hugs Kath xxxxxxx


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