Saturday, March 13, 2010

Watercolor Background with Distress Inks

Great new colors of distress inks available from Tim Holtz and they work so well to do a watercolor background. On this card I used Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters which is an older color.

I use the ink pad and tap it on an acrylic block to apply color. Then I use a water brush to add water to the ink and then pick up color and apply it to the paper. You can really play with this technique to get the effect you want. 
I masked the center of the block and inked a script stamp with pumice stone ink and stamped lightly around the edges.
The embossing on the sides was done using a cuttlebug border embossing folder. Then I pierced two of the lower embossed dots in order to tie the embossing thread and add the blue button to the center.
The sentiment is from PTI and was stamped in pumice stone and cut out with one of the new spellbinder label dies.
The dogwood image is from HA and was stamped on letterpress paper using pumice stone distress ink.
Then I cut out the image using scissors and a craft knife. The crackle effect was done by applying Rock Candy distress crackle paint. There is also the rock candy distress ink on the background but the crackle is more fine in appearance. 
Hope you are having a great weekend!


  1. Gorgeous card, love the watercolor effect it looks wonderful!

  2. This is beautiful Debbie, you truly are an artist!


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