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


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.


Experimenting with Distress Inks

170221_ExperimentingOne afternoon I had my Distress Inks out working on a watercoloring project and decided to experiment with the blending of some of the colors. I had no plan for this even turning into a card as I was just playing. I liked the blending results, so I stenciled the word ‘Imagine’ on to the blending with black ink and added a beautiful, glittery butterfly. I die cut a frame from black card stock and my play time turned into a completed card.