Saturday, August 13, 2016

Watercolor cards using distress ink

I love to watercolor using my Ranger distress inks.  When I use watercolor paints or pencils I'm very rarely happy with what I've done. I can't quite get the shading right or I've used to much water and the colors run. I guess I just have to keep trying and I know I'll get the hang of it, eventually. However I love using my distress markers and inks to watercolor, I almost feel like a pro. The two cards I made today are both made using this technique and I do love the way they turned out. I also have to say that I love using my Misti, (for those of you who don't know what it is, you can check it out at it makes stamping a breeze.  

Card # 1

Products used:
PB #40-428 Scented Beauty
HA #CL401 Tapestry Background
IO #CL114 Sympathy Sentiments
Ranger distress markers and inkpads ( Spun Sugar & Forest Moss)
Ranger Archival ink (Black)
Ranger watercolor paper
Inkadinkado Masking Paper
American Crafts twine
Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen
Clarity brushes
My Sweet Petunia, Inc. Misty

I cut my paper to 41/4 x51/2 and placed it in the corner of the Misti securing it with magnets. Then I positioned my stamp and closed the lid, sticking the stamp to it. I opened the Misti and used my distress markers to color the stamp, and closed the Misti. I did this twice. I removed my paper, leaving the stamp in passion in the Misty. Using a paintbrush and a small amount of water, (I used the back of my hand to remove the excess water from my brush) I drew the ink out to the edges of each petal one at a time until done, repeating with the second flower and the leaves. When I finished, I placed my paper back into my Misti and inked the stamp once more very lightly and stamped the image again to add a subtle edge. Then I cleaned and removed the stamp and repositioned my paper to the center of the Misti. Using the masking paper I stamped the roses again and the fussy cut the mask out and placed over my finished image. I used removable adhesive on the back of my paper to keep it in place, since I was going to stamp over the whole thing. I positioned my background stamp over my paper and closed the Misti so it would stick. Then I inked it using the black Archival ink. I stamped it and there were some missing spots so I inked the stamp again and stamped it again, success. I love my Misti. I cut my paper to 41/4 x 53/8 then using my Clarity brushes and some Spun Sugar inked the edges, and wrapped the twine around the left side crossing it and knotting it. I stamped the Sentiment on some white card stock using black Archival ink and matted it on black card stock and adhered it to the top right of the panel. Then I adhered the panel to a black card.


Products used:
PB #40-312 Sunny Pair
PB #30-358 Happy Snippets
Spellbinders #S5-218 A2 Devine Eloquence
Ranger Distress Ink ( Rusty Hinge, Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint, Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo and Bundled Sage)
Ranger watercolor paper 
My Sweet Petunia, Inc. Misti
I did everything the same for this card up till the background stamp. Instead of using a background stamp I used some Squeezed Lemonade and water to go around the flowers leaving some white at the top and bottom. Then I cut it out using my spellbinders die. I used  Bundled Sage around the whole frame. I stamped my sentiment, "a little bit of sunshine for you" and used dimensional tape to adhere it to a white card. I didn't like that it was so white so I added just a touch of Squeezed Lemonade around the edges of the card.
As I mentioned at the top of the page my Favorite Technique is water coloring with Distress Inks.  
I will be entering these cards in:


  1. Two beautiful floral creations and lovely colours as well, many thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  2. Lovely cards! I especially like the first one...all the stamping looks fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  3. Thank you JanR, that's my favorite too.

  4. Two beautiful creations, loving those gorgeous flowers and your coloring turned out beautifully! I need to add a few more of the Distress markers to my collection!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us this month at Penny Black and More!

  5. wow these are so elegant and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black & More.
    Lynn x

  6. Hi Karen
    Fabulous cards...
    Thanks for joining us at PBSC this month
    Hugs Sylvie x

  7. 2 wonderful cards & your watercoloring looks professional! So glad you joined us at PBSC!

  8. Lovely cards.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts August challenge and good luck x Susan x