Playing with Distress Oxides

170710_DistressOxides_BG_1After watching a technique video by Lydia Fiedler where she applied dye ink pads to a gel press and then used stamps to remove some of the ink, I decided to give this a try using Distress Oxides. I have a small 3×5 inch gel press and it worked great. Lydia used a MISTI (stamp positioning tool) and so did I. The stamp positioning tool gives you the opportunity to keep the gel press stationary for multiple layers of colors. I had a lot of fun with this technique and will certainly be making more backgrounds like this in the future.



Wall of JOY – June

170630_JOYWall_JuneThis month’s wall of JOY project was an interesting undertaking. I purchased this watercolor canvas at my local craft store on clearance. It had the flowers embossed so you should have been able to watercolor just the flowers easily. The problem was the kind of paper the canvas was made from. I know it wasn’t canvas and it sure wasn’t watercolor paper (even though the packaging said it was watercolor). I had to work really hard with my Distress Inks to get the color on it. I hand wrote the letters JOY on watercolor paper and painted them gold with my Gansi Tambi Starry Colors watercolors. I also applied a coat of Wink of Stella to help them shimmer.


Spring Flowers Card

170624_Zig_CardTo create this card, I stamped the images with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The stamped images were watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.




Thank You Card Set

170620_ThankYouCard_CherylI made this set of Thank You cards for my sister. She owns a pre-school and writes lots of thank-yous. I like to keep her supplied with pretty handmade cards. I was inspired by a video by Amy Rysavy. Amy also made several cards using the same stamp set.


Block Stamping Technique

170612_June_Challenge_DIOver at the Distress Ink Techniques Facebook group, we offer a monthly technique challenge. A technique utilizing Distress products is described and the members have the entire month to submit their entries. This month’s challenge was the Block Stamping Technique. To accomplish this technique, you simply ink up your acrylic stamping block with distress ink or oxides, spritz lightly with water & stamp onto your card.

My submission included block stamping with Distress Ink and then applying Distress Ink through a stencil (the yellow squares on the card). I had previously watercolored some butterfly stamps and thought they would look cute on the card. I gold heat embossed the stamp (hugs) on to a scrap of black card stock and adhered it to the card.



Pretty Floral Cards made from Watercolor Play Time

170615_card_1Yesterday I showed you the results of my play time with new watercolors, new watercolor paper, and a new stamp. I really wanted to turned the beautiful watercolored stamped images into card, but wasn’t sure how I wanted to proceed. Then as it would happen, I watched a video by Amy Rysavy. I thought her cards were so beautiful and I wanted my images to have a pretty layout like hers. Along with the front of the card, I decorated the inside of the card and the envelope I made for each card.










Inside of the card


Playing With A New Stamp Set and Watercolor Paper

Legion Stonehenge Aqua (Cold Press)

I’ve been playing!! I got a new stamp set, samples of watercolor paper, and a Daniel Smith watercolor dot sampler. I stamped the images on the watercolor paper, heat embossed them and watercolored with the Daniel Smith colors on the sampler. I had a lot of fun trying out all these new supplies!! Now I just have to fussy cut all the images out and make them into cards.

I also wanted to try out the Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches cold press watercolor paper. I’ve included a picture of that too. And then I had a piece of scrap Bristol smooth surface paper so I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the stamp set images. I’ve identified the paper type in the caption for each picture.

Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
Bristol Smooth


Watercoloring on Kraft Card Stock

170610_DistressInk_Altenew_PeonyBouquetThis was a fun technique. I stamped and embossed the images on Neenah Desert Storm card stock. Then I watercolored the images with white pigment ink. Finally I watercolored the images with Distress Inks. I love the pretty pastel result.


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Art Impressions Cabin by the Stream

170609_AII’m a huge fan of Art Impressions Watercolor stamps!! These amazing stamps make it so easy to create a beautiful watercolored scene. After watching a video by Bonnie Krebs, I used a variety of Art Impression stamps to create this card. Once the art work was complete I mounted it on Kraft card stock.