Card Share: distress ink watercoloring

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My latest card creations began by watching this most awesome tutorial from Laura Bassen, also known online as Laura Fadora. Her card is literally the most amazing thing I have ever seen and I absolutely loved her technique for painting with Distress Inks. She is also my new official Spirit Animal.

After I watched her video I had to try it.

I had a blast painting but I ended up making a bit of a hot mess of the Neat & Tangled Polygon plate. I gave it two tries and neither was exactly what you’d call successful. Here is the result of attempt no. 2:

Turns out the secret ingredient was a metal shim, which I presently do not own. Rather than try a third time, I decided to just go a TINY bit more simple.

So again using Laura’s technique, I painted a new panel using my Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock and it was Card Game On!

Here’s what I decided to do: just cut out a circle. I can handle a circle.  I used my Stampin Up Stitched Shape Framelit Dies to cut out a circle from the panel, mounted it onto some fun foam, and then made this card:
I created the title using my Silhouette and a font called Ardilla. I cut out six of them and glued them all on top of each other. Then I stamped and embossed the “hey shorty” sentiment from my Simple Sentiments set onto some black cardstock. This is the first time I have embossed using Hero Arts white powder and I am in love! I cut a green panel from the most delicious 100lb cardstock from Gina K Designs using my favorite stitched rectangle set and made a card base to match. A final touch was to add a small heart I also cut from the panel (I used the heart from this set).

I love, love the result. I have the matching envelope from Gina K as well (Jelly Bean Green).

And because I had another area of the panel to use, I made this card:
To create the title, I cut out letters using the Hero Arts Luggage Tag die set and again, stamped one of the sentiments from my  Simple Sentiments onto black cardstock. I used the Turquoise Sea paper from the Gina K Paper Pack and I also have the matching envelope. The happiness… seriously.

This just shows that you can try new techniques and adapt them to a way that fits into your style. I love the simplicity of these two cards and yet I still got to play with a cool watercolor technique thanks to Laura Bassen’s genius!

Check back tomorrow because it’s International Scrapbooking Day and I’ve got a fun layout and process video to share with you!


Cathy ZielskeCard Share: distress ink watercoloring

11 Comments on “Card Share: distress ink watercoloring”

  1. #1

    Laura is a hoot. Even if her cards were not beautiful and amazing, I would still totally watch her videos just for the commentary. The same with yours. Please do more card videos. 🙂

  2. #4
    Kathryn Booth

    Watching your video earlier and listening to your joy at card making has really cheered me. And I have to say it’s made me want to get back into crafting regularly again. Thank you.

  3. #5
    Leanne in Cali

    Love your clean and simple cards (although I realize they aren’t always that to make!). Thanks so much for sharing your new found passion. I love seeing what you create!!

  4. #6

    I still cannot even believe you are finally getting into the messy. So proud! 🙂 Thanks for pointing to Laura’s video. Her commentary is fun like yours. I purchased a Craftsy class from her some time ago. Thanks for the inspiration you provide, whatever form it takes.

  5. #7

    I believe you’ve totally got this! ?

    Love following along on your journey, both with scrapbooking and with cards.

  6. #8
    Michelle Bradtke

    I love the black sentiment against the turquoise cardstock. Good ideas that I can “cardlift!”

  7. #9

    Thanks for introducing me to Laura, enjoyed her commentary during her videos. A down to earth kinda gal who isn’t afraid to make mistakes and have fun. Of course your cards are adorable Cathy, keep up the great work,

  8. #10
    Lola G.

    I love that Laura is your Spirit Animal. Beware, though. One of her superpowers is her ability to help you empty your wallet/bank account/spare-change kitty/children’s piggy banks. Let it be clear: I have witnessed some, if not all, of these powers at work. No accusations intended. Only superpower-related goodness. It’s because of her that my Ink-blending makes me happy. I only wish I could apply makeup the way I can blend ink colors…??

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