Over 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.
This 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.
Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers were used to watercolor these beautiful peonies.
My sister sent me a set of watercolor pencils as a Christmas gift. I used the pencils to watercolor the tulips and background of this thank-you card to send her. I love the soft pastel look of this card.
The final two H.U.G. cards for this project have been handed out. I gave a H.U.G. card to neighbors in my apartment complex.
Today I had a wonderful lunch with two of my favorite teachers that I used to work with. Since I’ve retired I have not seen them and have missed them so much. Both of them are so nice and always kept me laughing while working. We had a lovely lunch and caught up on the past 6 months and I was able to give these two special men a H.U.G. card 🙂
The first H.U.G. card for today was given to a nice lady that I encountered while walking to my parking space at my apartment complex. The second H.U.G. card was given to a favorite cashier at a local convenience store.
I had to go to Michaels Arts and Crafts store to pick a few last minute items. I gave one H.U.G. card to Debbie (one of my very favorite Michaels employees) and another H.U.G. card to a delightful customer. I helped her with her shopping and she helped me with mine 🙂
I fell in love with the Winter Cottage stamp and just had to order it. I didn’t check to see what size it was when I ordered it and was shocked when I received it to see that it was so tiny. I couldn’t imagine what I could use such a tiny stamp for even though it was so cute.
When I was making H.U.G. cards, I came across the Winter Cottage stamp and decided to try it on a HUG. I fell in love with the way my H.U.G. card turned out. In fact, the Winter Cottage H.U.G. cards were my favorite of all the H.U.G. cards I’ve made this holiday season.
Then I decided I should try making a card with the Winter Cottage stamp. I ended up making two cards. I’ve included pictures of the stamp, my favorite H.U.G. card and the two cards I made using the stamp. I used Distress Ink blending for the backgrounds for all of them.
Three H.U.G. cards were given out today at Walmart. The first H.U.G. card was given to a Deli worker. I felt so bad for her because she was the only employee in the Deli and was overloaded with many customers waiting for her to help them. As I waited for my turn, I observed that she just kept working diligently and was pleasant to each and every customer.
The second card was given to a man I chatted with while we waited for our turn to order at the Deli. When I gave him the card and explained what it was all about, he said ‘Excuse me’ and bent down and gave me a hug and said, ‘God Bless You’.
And the third card was given to the most pleasant Walmart cashier I’ve ever encountered. She was sweet and jolly to each of her customers. When it was my turn she had me laughing and I made sure to thank her for being so pleasant.
My plan was to given out one H.U.G. card daily between December 1st and December 24th, but sometimes you just run into more people that you want to give and card to and that is why I made extra H.U.G. cards!!