Over the last few weeks, I have been gathering Tim Holtz Distress Inks because I have watched a number of YouTube videos on gorgeous uses for this ink. Yesterday, I tried a card using a foam tool to smooth the ink on the paper. But another technique that I hadn't yet tried was to apply the ink to an acrylic block, spritz with water and stamp. I had all the supplies out and Less Is More came along!!!
|Pumpkin stickles on my berries!|
I learned a few things along the way:
1. Just tap a variety of ink pads on a clean acrylic block. Then spritz with a water mister. Be sure to spritz until it starts beading up.
2. Initially, I used watercolor paper - assuming my use of spritzed water would require watercolor paper. But it turns out that I got much richer colors using a smoother paper like Stampin' Up's white. The small problem with Stampin' Up is that it is quite a thin paper and colors bleed through. (Thus my "one layer card" is actually a white panel on top of a dry card.) I found that Papertrey Ink's white is also smoother but thicker - it works very well also!
3. Keep a paper towel handy. With that much water, you will get some "pools" of color when you lift the acrylic block. You can blot them up with a paper towel.
Once again - thank you to Chrissie and Mandi for a perfectly fun challenge!
- Stamps: DRS designs berries, sentiment by Impress Rubber Stamps
- Paper: Stampin' Up Whisper White
- Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and a touch of Rusty Hinge, Staz-On Timber Brown
- Accessories: Pumpkin Stickles, Fine Water Mister Bottle
WOW, Kim! This is beautiful!!!! Thanks for the tips on this technique! That always helps encourage me to try something new if I can see what's worked for other people first! :)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! I love using distress inks. Your card is amazing!ReplyDelete
I also love using this technique, well done on yet another super card, love the colours too :O) Viv xxReplyDelete
Super! What a color! Excellent!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous card, the acrylic block technique worked so well with your design. I love the placement of your stamped image and sentiment too, great balance.ReplyDelete
Absolutely FAB card. I love the way things are inked inside and outside of the inky block! Lovely.ReplyDelete
Hugs, Sandra View my card HERE!
Stunning card ...love the colours
This is so gorgeous - thanks for sharing the way that you achieved this stunning card xReplyDelete
It has been amazing how many times people have actually submitted a card one week, which would have fitted perfectly with the theme of the next challenge on our schedule... and here you were getting all ready for the challenge we published today, but which we planned weeks ago!ReplyDelete
Your card is as amazing as ever, another source of inspiration!
Thanks so much Kim.
"Less is More"
Your card is amazing and after seeing yours I decided to try this technique. Oh boy you made it sound so easy! Took me many attempts to get one decent print and its stil not perfect hehe. Thak you for the inspiration :)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous Kim and thanks for the tutorial.ReplyDelete
Great card Kim. You really did a fabulous job blending the colors. Love the added Stickles. :0ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!!
I truly believe Chrissie and I have a sixth sense lolReplyDelete
Fantastic card Kim, thank you for the tut too, sure it will help many [me included]
Thanks so much
"Less is More"
Stunning, fab colour combination and the glossy berries are wonderful.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous card, love how you made the background, must try that!ReplyDelete
GR8 technique and a super cardReplyDelete
I love this technique - you get so inky!! Your card is really lovely.ReplyDelete
Beautiful image and beautiful card! ;)ReplyDelete
Fab card - just gorgeous!ReplyDelete
This is another technique I would love to try, thanks for the tutorial! A beautiful card.ReplyDelete
Beautiful card, love the nice warm coloursReplyDelete
This is a fabulous technique but one I`ve failed to accomplish lol. Your card is gorgeous, love the colours, very autumnal.ReplyDelete
Beautiful. Hazel xReplyDelete
Just love this and I must have a play, what a great idea and what a fabulous card you have made using the technique.ReplyDelete
Love your card Kim, your background looks fab and the stamp on top is very pretty. The tut is really informative, I'll try that to improve my results! xReplyDelete
Wow, I'm definitely going to have to try this technique again. This is the result I was trying to get (don't think I put enough ink on). Anyway, fabulous card, gorgeous colour, image and sparkle! xxReplyDelete
Do you know I thought that when I commented on your last post earlier, how spooky is that!ReplyDelete
Love the effect you created, a perfect block of summer to stamp the stem onto :)
This is beautiful KimReplyDelete
I adore this technique! I just did it last week for the first time! Very cool effect!ReplyDelete
Beautiful card Kim!! I love this acylic block technique, it gives a wonderful focal point to your card that you can them stamp over to create the effect dimension!ReplyDelete
Hugs, Victoria ~x~
love your backgroundReplyDelete
Stunning card, love the colours.ReplyDelete
gorgeous and love the colours ,will have to try this technique xReplyDelete
Your card is gorgeous! I love your technique, and many thanks for the tutorial! xReplyDelete
I tried something like that technique, why oh! why can't I get it to be anything like your STUNNING card? Love the glitter too, it's gorgeousReplyDelete
Awesome card, Kim! LOVE the blend of colors...now why can't I achieve that look when I try it!?ReplyDelete
Susan from NZ here.
I saw your card on LIM, I used this technique too but yours turned out better it is a lovely card.
it looks so perfect!ReplyDelete
I think, I must used watercolor paper, too - for better results
Very pretty...love the color and the stamp!ReplyDelete
Fabulous card and another new technique to try. Carol xReplyDelete
This is gorgeous, Kim. I was playing around with this technique last night, and in similar colors, too. Love yours, and especially the sparkle you added to your plant. Beautiful. :) AnnReplyDelete
Kim, this is absolutely beautiful! I have just begun to play with distress inks, so I am suddenly drawn to creations made with them. Your colors are beautiful togehter and the image is perfect. The stickles finish it off beautifully.ReplyDelete
So pretty. I love using this technique too.ReplyDelete
A stunning card! Love the background and the stickles make perfect berries!ReplyDelete
A beautiful card, and a great technique, love the stamped imageReplyDelete
Your card is beautiful, great technique and thanks so much for the tutorial. Will definitely give this a go. Gill xReplyDelete