Watercolor Journey #5: Distress Inks

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week. On today’s post, I will be covering using distress inks for watercoloring.

I have a set of 12 distress ink cubes that I often use for sponging techniques, but I recently learned that they are great for watercoloring as well! So I had to put them to the test!

Here are the steps I took to create my watercolor piece:

  • Stamped twice the large floral image from Simon Says Stamps “Floral Bliss” clear Stamp set using VersaMark ink onto Camson watercolor paper that measure 5.5” x4.25”.
  • White heat embossed the floral image using WOW! White super fine embossing powder.
  • To color the image, I used the wet-on-wet technique. That means that I first wetted all the areas of the paper that I wanted to add color. Once the paper was all wet, I applied the colors. I wanted this image to have a rainbow look that was very vibrant. So I applied various colors on different parts of the image being careful not to put two colors next to each other that would mix and create a brown color. I kept adding color till I got the right intensity and vibrancy that I wanted. The distress ink colors that I used are: Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers, and Mowed Lawn.

To make my watercolor piece into a card, I used a border die from My Favorite Things to cut down the bottom of the focal image. Then I used items that came in the Simon Says Stamps June 2017 Blissful kit: the sentiment from the Blissful Stamp set and black color cardstock. See final cardstock below:

This was a super quick and colorful card to make. Hope you all have a great week!



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