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Technique Day ……. Watercolour effect using Distress Inks

Good morning ….. Happy Thursday!

Told you I had a busy week ….. you’ve got me again today!

I’ve got a real simple technique for you …… using your Distress Inks to get a nice watercolour effect on your projects.

If you’re like me and lurvvve your Distress inks you’re problably familiar with this technique already, but for those of you who are new to crafting, or those who have just discovered the fabulous world of Distress (where have you been???) this is another great way of using these versatile ink pads.

Now I’m no artist, I can’t draw (I saved that talent for my daughter), and I definitely can’t paint but …… give me a gorgeous IndigoBlu stamp, a Distress ink pad or two, and a water spray and this is what I can come  up with ….


A pretty, clean and simple card that could have been hand painted.

How’s it done ……. well here we go

1.   Start by cutting a piece of white card slightly smaller than the front of your cardblank ……. my finished card is 7×5  but you can easily change this to whatever size you prefer.

Stamp one  of the IndigoBlu sentiments (I used my all time favourite,  from the B.F.F. set) across the bottom of the card, and add a couple of embossed lines above, using a scoreboard


Attach this to the front of your cardblank using foam pads.

2.  Using Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint Distress Inks,  ink up the beautiful Tulip from the Nottingham Lace stamp set, and spritz lightly with water ….


before stamping the image onto a piece of  watercolour cardstock.


3.  Dry off the image using a heat tool and then use a damp paintbrush to pull out the colour from the edges and fill in that beautiful flower.

4.  To colour the background around the bloom, apply some Tumbled Glass Distress ink directly onto a craft sheet and spritz with a little water


Use a paint brush to apply a light colour wash to the card from the edges in towards the flower


5.  A touch of matting and layering using co-ordinating cardstock finishes off the front of the card, and of course in the usual LindyLou fashion, add a touch of decoration to the inside ……


And there you have it …… a little piece of  watercoloured art.

There’s lots of stamps from the IndigoBlu range that can be used with this technique …….


This is the pretty Watercolour Daisy.


I’ve added in the words from the  Design Numbers,


and also used the ink splats from the Ledger Background

Another quick and easy design for those occasions when we need that special card …. fast!!!

Happy stamping folks!

Cheerio until next time

LindyLou xx

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