Hi, thank you for joining me. Today I am playing with Distress Inks to get a fabulous loose watercoloured stamped look. Continuing with my Inspired By mini series, I was inspired by Stacy Hutchinson of Tattered Nest Designs. I am always blown away by Stacy’s soft vintage style and so I grabbed my Distress Inks and dived in. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
On a slick craft mat I squidged the ink from the Distress Ink pads randomly onto the mat and then spritzed liberally with water. I find the best results if I spritz until the inks bead up on the surface of the mat creating watery droplets and puddles. I took a piece of Fabriano Artistico Extra White Cold-Pressed watercolour card and plunged it into the ink. I gave the card a little twist and push around to make sure the colours blended together and held the card in the ink for a moment for it to fully soak in. Lifting the card is always the best part and I loved how as I lifted the piece, the colours streamed across the surface giving the impression of movement.
I dried the card and then spritzed with water droplets before soaking them up with a paper towel. The Tim Holtz Distress sprayer is great for this. If you pull the trigger a little way you get droplets and if you pull the trigger fully you get a spray. A very handy tool to have.
I dried the card again and then placed it in the Misti, aligned the Floral Garden set on top and then inked the stamp with the various colours of Distress Ink. I didn’t overthink where I applied the colours, I just aimed for full coverage. I then misted the inks before stamping them onto the card. I filled in where I had missed a couple of spots and stamped again. And then to make sure I had that loose watercolour look I simply misted it with water and stamped again to get the watery look. I spritzed with more water droplets and then took the piece out of the Misti, dried it once more before starting to paint.
I say paint, but really I was looking to add blobs of loose colour to fill in the flowers and leaves a little and to add some depth in places. I dipped into the watery puddle on my mat and also added more concentrated areas by squidging more colour from the ink pads and picking that colour up with a damp brush. I added a little paint splatter, dried the piece once more and then moved onto adding the text. For this I randomly applied Fossilized Amber and Faded Jeans over the Old Letter stamp, lightly spritzed and then rolled the text onto the background in a few places to add more interest.
I finished off with white gouache splatter and then when dry cut the card to make two mini slimline cards. For the sentiment for one card, I paired a greeting from the Inside Family Messages set along with one from the Friendly Flowers set. I didn’t add a sentiment to the second card after a comment on my YouTube channel whereby someone pointed out that you don’t have to have a greeting on every card. I’ll keep this card and either stamp a suitable greeting on the inside, or use it as a notecard or equally I can always add a greeting on the front in the future.
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These cards are great; I love them.
Thank you for the video with very useful tips.
Summergreetings from Belgium.
Wow!!! Gorgeous!!! Love these colors!!
Absolutely awesome Debby, what a beauties.
Great to see how you made this, in your inspirational video.
Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.
I love this and think I’ll give your technique a try. Don’t you just think the Floral Garden stamp is one of the best? So versatile.
I love the background technique- so very soft and pretty! Beautiful card!