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.


Watercolor Tulips

Tulips watercolored with Distress InkRecently Rebekah R. Jones offered a traceable download for this lovely bunch of tulips on her blog. I downloaded the file and used my light-box to trace the image on to watercolor paper. The tulips were then watercolored with Distress Inks.


Christmas Gift Card Holders

Christmas Gift Card HoldersWith the holidays rapidly approaching, I’ve manged to make several gift card holders. These are fun and easy to make. I used a wonderful die to cut out the gift cards. All of the gift cards were either watercolored and/or sponge blended with Distress Inks or Markers.161120_giftcardholders_1 Glitter and the Wink of Stella Glitter pen add that special shimmer and shine!





White Christmas Tree

Hero Arts stamp with Distress Ink blended background.
Last year, after Christmas I purchased this beautiful tree stamp on clearance. I’ve had this card in my mind ever since the day I bought the stamp. I love the way the card turned out…simple, understated elegance.

To create the card I blended Distress Inks to form the background color. Next I stamped the image and the sentiment with Versamark ink and then heat embossed them in white embossing powder. Finally i applied Bo Bunny glitter paste through a stencil to achieve the glittery, shining falling snow.


Believe in Your Dreams

Distress Ink Smooshing TechniqueThe current challenge theme at Less Is More is Dreams. When I first read the theme, I wondered how I could ever come up with a concept for a card. That is when I decided to make it personal. The first part of the card creation was easy. I knew that it had to be a representation of bright colors. That is when I decided to use the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. In this case, I used my favorite Distress Ink colors of Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Peacock Feathers. I used the smooshing technique to apply the inks to my card base.

I’ve had a dream to retire and spend every day creating art for quite a while. I’ve learned that you can dream all you want, but in order to make a dream come true you have to work at it. I put a plan into action to make my dream a reality, but life dealt me an unexpected twist and I found myself having to retire due to health issues. I found the sentiment that I used on this card to be specifically meaningful to me. I absolutely believe in my dream. It has been 4 1/2 months since I retired. The good news is that my health issues have been resolved and I am living my dream each and every day. I look forward with great joy and excitement to each new day and what creativity and art will unfold as my dream comes true!!!

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Tulip H.U.G. card

H.U.G. card watercolored with Distress Ink, Elizabeth Craft tulip sticker
This sweet little H.U.G. card was watercolored with Distress Ink. The tulip is a peel-off sticker from Elizabeth Craft that is an outline of an image that you can color with any medium you choose.



  • Distress Inks used as watercolors
  • Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press watercolor paper (cut to 3.5 x 2.5 inches)
  • Elizabeth Craft Peel-Off Sticker: Tulips 0491
  • Simon Says Stamp: You stamp set

Three more little H.U.G. cards…

Altenew Hennah Elements stamp watercolored with Distress InkFor sometime I have been creating little (2.5 by 3.5) inch cards that I have named H.U.G. cards. I keep a supply of H.U.G. cards in my purse and whenever I encounter someone who needs a little happiness in their day, I just hand them one of my paper hugs. I enjoy making these cards, but it is even more joyful to pass them out and brighten someone’s day!! Today I am sharing three of my newest H.U.G. creations. I used stamps for the images on all of the H.U.G. cards and then watercolored them with Distress Ink.


Technique Tuesday stamp watercolored with Distress InkSupplies:


Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever stamp, Winnie & Walter Lola's Bouquet stamp watercolored with Distress Ink