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.



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.



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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Card Inspired by an Art Piece

170607_Butterflies_EmbossingI saw an art print in a shop recently and wondered if I could make something similar in card form. I used Old Paper Distress Ink to blend the background. Then my background stamp was embossed with gold embossing powder. The butterflies were watercolored with Distress Ink. I also made a border around the card base with gold embossing powder to match the embossing on the card.


Wall of JOY – May

170531_JOYWall_MayFor this month’s JOY project, I purchased unfinished wood letters spelling out the word JOY. I painted the letters with white craft paint, and once dry I applied some Daniel Smith Transparent Watercolor Ground to prep the surfaces for watercoloring. The cute little stamps from the Honey Bee Stamps Zen Floral stamp set were stamped all over the letters with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Distress Inks were used to watercolor all the adorable tiny floral stamped images. An 8×10 inch canvas was covered with scrapbook paper and the completed JOY letters were adhered to the canvas.


Embossed Backgrounds Turned Into Cards

These are the completed cards for the embossed backgrounds from yesterday’s post.


Emboss Resist Technique – Watercolor

WC_HB2Day Ten of the Emboss Resist Technique. While I had all my supplies out I decided to use Distress Inks as watercolors.



Embossed Resist Technique – Watercolor


Day Nine of the Emboss Resist Technique. While I had all my supplies out I decided to use Distress Inks as watercolors.


  • Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press watercolor paper
  • Distress Ink used for watercoloring
  • Hero Arts (top image): Happy Definition background stamp (link unavailable)
  • Rubbernecker (bottom image): French Script background stamp
  • Lawn Fawn: Scripty Sayings stamp set