Category: DISTRESS


**VIDEO** Ocean-like Background: Distress Ink + Water Misting

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Happy Wednesday! I shared this project couple days ago for Sweet Stamp Shop and thought I would share it here as well for those who missed it. In this video, I show how to create a fun “ocean-like” background using Distress Inks and misting a bit of water. You can watch the video below to see the background come together in action.


Creating the background is pretty simple and easy. I took out 4 different shads of green and mint that would reflect the color of the ocean. I used Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, and Salty Ocean.

I used the Mini Blending Tool to blend them in. My opinion on the tool? LOVE IT! They are very easy to work with and leave very little (almost none most of the time) streaks when blending colors. Great for working small areas and adding colors with stencils! I will do a more in-dept review of the Mini Blending Tool soon so you can get all the details about it.

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Do you see those tiny dots on the background piece? After blending in those colors, I sprayed water using my water mist. TIP – you want to spray one time, very lightly, about a feet away from the card. Spraying multiple times and more than once or twice will totally blend the colors so it won’t leave any splatter patterns. Practice couple of times to see how the results come out and then move onto your real project!

I used Mr. Octopus Stamp Set from Sweet Stamp Shop to finish up the card. I love this octopus image – it is my fav! You can also see how I colored him using Copic Makers in the video.

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!!!!


**VIDEO** Water-effect Stamping with Distress Inks


Happy Monday (almost Tuesday), everyone! This is a quite late post, I was so caught up with watching Downton Abbey and didn’t know it was this late!! Do you watch Downton Abbey? My and my husband just started watching it (yesterday) and we are almost half way through season 2. It is so addicting!!

Anyhow, let’s get to today’s project, shall we? I have been playing and experimenting a lot with Distress Inks, and instead of usual “blend colors and spray water” technique I decided to use water on stamps. So here I used Festive Berries, Barn Door, and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks on the cardbase and blend them together using the Mini Blending Tool. I am in LOVE with these tools, they are much easier to blend colors than the older version one and leave almost no streaks on projects. I highly recommend them to anyone who loves Distress Inks, but especially to those who are just starting with those ink pads.


So after blending the colors on the cardbase, I took out this stripe patterned stamp set from Stripes, Dots, Hearts 2″ Stamp Set by Unity Stamp Set. These are designed by Ann Butler and so unique because they are border-less stamp sets! You can easily create continuing patterns on cards and layouts with a very minimal effort. So to create this fun watermark effect, I sprayed water right onto the stamp lightly and them stamped it right onto the cardstock. Don’t forget to watch the video below to see these results come to life and you will be able to understand it better as well!


I created another version doing the same technique and made a different colored birthday card:


Aren’t these just pretty? For this card, I used dotted stamp from the same stamp set by Ann Butler. I think I am liking the 2nd card better, what do you think? Colors used are Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, and Seedless Preserves. Sentiments are both from the Cake & Candles Stamp Set by Avery Elle. I stamped them with Versafine Onyx Black Ink for rich and bold effect. I just love how dark it stamps on projects. Also, I added couple of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to dress it up.

Hope you enjoyed the video and the cards! I will be back with another video to share soon. Have a great night!!


**VIDEO** Sweet Peas Thank You Card

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Happy Thursday! Today I am sharing a card that features an awesome stamp set by Inspired By Stamping. I created this card to showcase the wonderful, detailed flower image from the Sweet Pea Stamp, which was a part of March 2014 new release. Not really a super big fan of flourish pattern myself, but I seem to reach this set quite often! Let’s check out the video so you can see how I created this fun card.

I wanted to play with a few of Distress Paints for the background. I wanted a more rich, bold colors than my usual water-color effect using the Distress Ink Pads, but since I was using lots of pink shades it ended up being a bit softer than I wanted it to be. Making sure that the embossed flower image to show was my goal so I didn’t want to cover it too think with paints. You can see the colors I used in the supplies list, so don’t forget to scroll down!

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In this close-up picture, you can see the blended shades of pinks. Distress Paints will cover your cardstock layer and give you an opaque finished look. So if you want the colors to blend really well, make sure to spray a plenty amount of water before drying. Once you dry the paints, you won’t be able to go back and reactive the paints like you can with other distress products. So practice, practice, experiment, and experiment!

I think one of the main reason I keep reaching for this set is because of this great sentiment. I love the fonts and the elegant feel of it. It is perfect with the images from the same set or you can mix and match with other sets on hand. Versafine Onyx Black ink is my current go-to ink for creating a rich, sharp stamping result. It is a pigment ink, don’t forget to let it dry a bit when you use it on your projects.

Sweet Pea Stamp Set can be used on multiple occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, thank you, miss you, get well, etc – such a great stamp set to have on hand. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have an awesome day!!


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Pink, Red, Purple Birthday Card

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Good morning and thanks for spending some time with me today! I wanted to quickly stop by and share a card I created for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. I have been “collecting” some Hemp Cords from Bonnie’s online store and wanted to use some of them on a card. I love all of the different colors that she carries and had to get one of each! (I know, I have my own issues. But I say they are cheaper than a therapy!) This birthday card is super feminine with lots of pink, red and a hit of purple.

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My love for Distress Inks continues – I added those mix of colors directly on to the watercolor paper. No blending tool used here. Added a mix of colors and sprayed some water using my water mister. I allowed them to blend naturally on their own and dried it using a heat gun, because I am just that impatient! I love the warm and feminine colors on this layer.

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Here I used both dark pink and light purple hemp cord from my collection to give a nice highlight. I think they really work well together wit the rest of the card. I wrapped them around together and tied a quick bow. So cute!! As a final touch, I added few of clear sequins for a fun bling bling effect. I hope you enjoyed the card – you can never have enough birthday cards on hand, right? so take out your goodies and let’s stamp together!



**VIDEO** Butterfly Thank You Card w/ Distress Paints

Welcome to another episode of Fresh Take Friday! This week’s challenge I am participating is the Runway Inspired Challenge #56 and crafters are invited to create projects inspired by the following picture: 


I love the bold bright colors of the outfit, and decided to incorporate the butterfly pattern into the card along with the colors. So, here is my take on the challenge:

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I know this is not my usual CAS style. But it was so much fun to create it! Sometimes it feels really great to go out of your comfort zone and challenge your creativity. It also helps you break out different materials you have, experimenting with them to create something new and different. I actually really like how it turned out. It was super easy and fun to create. Don’t you just love the vibrant background colors? Watch the tutorial video below to see how this card comes together in action.

I have been collecting Distress Paints by Tim Holtz. His stuffs are just amazing – I have been getting into a lot of distress inks and marker techniques for blending and water-coloring, but this time I wanted try something more bold and rich colors. So I thought distress paints are perfect for this – they give opaque effect and show colors really well. They are able to blend with each other when wet, but once you dry them, its permanent. So, if you are looking to get the same effect of distress inks or markers, you want to make sure to work with the paints while they are wet. Do lots of practices and experiments before working on your actually project!

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For the butterfly, I wanted to add a darker color to balance the whole card out. So I cut out a butterfly from Always Artichoke Cardstock from Stampin’ Up! using the Butterfly Die Set from Top Dog Dies. I just can’t get enough of this die – I have been reaching for it over and over again!! Details and little patterns on this design is just beautiful and awesome. I wanted the butterfly to be shiny so I added a clear embossing power after I cut out the piece. Just lovely.

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I didn’t do too much for the sentiment. Just stamped a good sized “Thanks” from the Simply Everyday Tag Stamp Set by Avery Elle. I wanted to highlight the background and the butterfly so I left the sentiment plain, simple, and clean.

I hope you enjoyed the card! I sure did have lots of fun creating it. Hope you join the challenge with me this week – Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!