Wall of JOY – March

170330_JOYWall_MarchTo create this month’s JOY project, I first painted an 8×10 inch canvas with Black Soot Distress Ink. The canvas was then splattered with Heidi Swapp’s Gold Color Shine. The letters spelling out the word JOY were a free coloring page that I downloaded onto white card stock, colored (with watercolor pencils and a blender pen, and fussy cut-out. I used foam tape on the back of the letters to adhere them to the canvas.


Distress Ink Watercolored Flowers

170325_Stampendous_CarnationsThis time I tried a different watercoloring technique. First I stamped the image in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then used my wet paintbrush to pull the paint outward from the stamped image to make a border all around the image.



Watercolored Critter Tags

170312_Watercolor_Tags_1I made these cute little tags for my granddaughter to sell in order to make money for an upcoming graduation trip she was planning. I used a variety of my critter and cute stamps to stamp on the tags and then watercolored the images with Distress Ink.


  • Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press (for the tags)
  • Distress Ink used as watercolors
  • Recollections: Zoo-Licious stamp set (link unavailable)
  • Recollections: Don’t Bug Me stamp set (link unavailable)
  • Recollections: Woof Woof stamp set (link unavailable)
  • Simon Says Stamp: Cuddly Critters Accessories
  • Lawn Fawn: Fairy Friends stamp set


Envelope Art

170307_Stampendous_EnvelopeArtI love to decorate the envelopes that go with my handmade cards!! Sometimes I design the envelopes to match the card and other times I just add a cute little image for the card receiver to enjoy. I just thought this little ‘just for you’ sign was so cute!!

When I create a card, I always make an envelope and generally decorate the envelope while I have all my card supplies out and ready to use.


Distress Ink Lifting

170304_DistressInk_SSS_SpringFlowersRecently I watched an interesting video by Jennifer McGuire on the technique called Distress Ink Lifting. The basics of the technique are to use water and a paintbrush to ‘lift’ the ink color from the image. To accomplish this, I blended several shades of blue Distress Ink on to watercolor paper. I stamped my images and white heat embossed them. Using a wet paintbrush I applied the water to the stamped images and used a paper towel to blot up the water from the images.