You have to love techniques that are simple to do yet give you a lot of bang for your buck. This is one of those. I love using distress inks especially with their reactions with water. You can do so many fun things with them.
It's been awhile since I've used this technique, but when I saw Jennifer McGuire's blog yesterday I knew I wanted to pull out my stencils and play...so I did.
Here's my take on it.
If you haven't played with distress inks you are missing out! There are a million tutorials and videos out there showing how they work. They blend so beautifully. Here are three colors blended together for an ombre look.
For my first card I chose this BIG dot stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I love it and haven't played with it yet. Just lay it over the top of your card add painter's tape or wash tape to hold it in place.
Wet a paper towel. Make sure you wring it out really well so it doesn't leak under your stencil. You want it damp but not really wet. Lay it over the top of your stencil and press into the negative space.
Wa la! Doesn't it look cool? I never get tired of seeing how it reacts with water. I used my heat tool to try it. I also laid a book on it to flatten out any warping from the water treatment.
Here is another look at the finished card. I cut out the dot background using one of my new favorite Avery Elle dies. I saved the frame for the second card. I love the look of the dots running along the edge. The bird stamp is from Hero Arts.
Below is a collage of the other card. Notice that because of the details on this stencil, I dabbed the paper towel into the corners rather than laying it over the entire stencil. This allowed a more precise reaction.
I finished up the card with some vellum, using the new Avery Elle stencil set once again. I heat embossed the greeting in Liquid Platinum and scattered some matching hearts around the card. Again, notice the frame from cutting out the first card is glued around the edge of this card but I turned it upside down to alternate the color pattern.
Hope everyone is having a great summer.