Today I have a card for you that I have watercoloured using my Distress Inks. It’s a colouring medium that I have not used in a while so I thought it was high time I did. So here is my card using the very beautiful Christmas Rose Bouquet stamp that I got for my birthday a few weeks ago.
I started by stamping and white heat embossing the floral image onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock (textured side). I used my MISTI so that I could double stamp it and to make sure I got a good impression. I heat set the panel and then taped it to my cutting board. To colour the image, I used the wet on wet technique – this is where you first add water into the section you want to colour, and then drop pigment into it, and let the water move it around.
I used a limited colour palette and I tried really hard to keep it soft. I am always so tempted to go bold but this floral is so pretty and as it’s Spring (not Christmas) I wanted to keep the colours light. I did do a couple of layers, letting each layer dry in between. And I don’t want to only use this image at Christmas – not least because it is 9 months away!
I then spent an unhealthy amount of time deciding on how to mount it up! I tried all sorts of ways but couldn’t decide on a white background or a fog background, with or without frame. In the end I went with the fog colour as I thought it brought out the colours of the image better. And I kept it simple so didn’t add any kind of frame or stitched edging.
Before pulling the card together, I white heat embossed the sentiment into the top right. I adhered my fog panel onto a white base card with double sided adhesive tape and then added the die-cut floral on top of that with double sided foam tape.
Lastly I added some sequins to finish the card off. I hope that you will give your distress inks a try for watercolouring. They may not be the same “grade” as some of the finer watercolours but they still give really pretty results and they have some beautiful colours.
Thank you as always for visiting me. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend wherever you are.
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