First things first: Jennifer McGuire teaches me something new with every video I watch. So to understand what I’m sharing today watch the clip below:
After I watched, I thought to myself: I have Distress Inks and clear acrylic blocks, let’s DO THIS THING!
I also had a new pad of Canson XL Watercolor paper that I learned about after watching this Wallet-Friendly Card Making Tools video from Kristina Werner (great tips in that clip!) Here is the first card I made:
I used four colors of Distress Ink here (Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry) and smooshed them onto a 3 x 4 acrylic block, added tons of water just like in Jennifer’s video, and placed the block down on a 5.5 x 4.25 piece of the Canson paper. I put something heavy on it and set a timer for 5 minutes. When it was done, I lifted the block up, dabbed off the excess water let my lovely watercolor creation dry completely. After it was dry, I put it inside a book and put something heavy on it to really flatten out the paper. (Yes, I know you can also run it through your Big Shot, but I went old school on it!) I left it in there for a few hours. Once it was sufficiently flat, I stamped that cool “Follow Your Dreams” sentiment in Versamark, and embossed in white. I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to the card base using some Fun Foam. Note: using an anti-static tool all over the inked surface before you stamp on it is really important so that your embossing powder only sticks to where you stamped!
For the next card I used three Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers), smooshed them onto the block but didn’t spray nearly as much water on it, resulting in the look you see here. I added a feather stamp from the Altenew Happy Dreams set, again using Versamark ink and white embossing powder, and finished it by stamping a simple sentiment from the same set onto black cardstock. I trimmed the panel down and mounted it to the card base using some Fun Foam.
For the last card, I tried my hand using some Distress Oxides and the same technique. The colors here are Fossilzed Amber, Worn Lipstick and Broken China. Again, I went a bit lighter on the water spritzing, but I still think the result is pretty cool. The stamp is also from the Altenew Happy Dreams set.
The thing that is cool about this technique, is that a) it’s really pretty basic to try, and b) you have no idea what the result will look like until you take that block off and that is, surprisingly, kind of fun.
And that, my friends, are three cards inspired by the one and only Jennifer McGuire. I’ve said it before, but that girl is my Card Yoda. Thanks, Jennifer!
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