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I did it! I got a quick tutorial done!

This is a simple but pretty and effective one – and it can be used for boys, girls, whatever! Just change up the stamp and the Distress Ink colours and you’re good to go!

You will need:


Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls Mist (or water), Watercolour paper, a stamp, VersaMark, white embossing powder, a heat tool, a nonstick Craft Sheet, and a paintbrush.

This looks really cool with an enclosed, yet open image, like a flower, but I wanted to do a background. I ended up doing a focal image as well, using black ink and clear embossing powder but that was an afterthought!

First, trace a tag onto watercolour paper and cut it out. I also used two small circle punches to cut the hole reinforcer but it’s not necessary – I’m just a tad bit anal retentive about certain things. πŸ™‚

Heavy weight cardstock can substituted here but watercolour paper is the best surface to use since we will be putting a lot of water on it. Also, when it dries, it looks nicer with a great texture.

Stamp your image with VersaMark and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Next, press each colour of Distress Ink onto your craft mat and spray each once with Perfect Pearls Mist or water. You need to use Distress Inks for this since they are reactive with water and don’t lose their colour or intensity when mixed with water. Also, mist your tag to make it damp and allow to colour to move more easily.

Next, use your paintbrush to pick up colour and paint your image. Don’t worry about blending – the Distress Inks and water take care of that all on their own while resisting the embossed areas! If you have stamped a closed in image, you’ll notice the colours pool inside the embossed areasΒ and make good puddles.

Keep going until you’re happy with it then give it another good misting. Let it dry and you’re done!

Look at the shine the Perfect Pearls adds!

Now, just finish off your project or add your image to a card or layout. Easy, quick, and simple!

Ali Edwards Stamps are the best – just sayin’!

I’ve used this technique for little brown, blue and green monsters on a canvas in G’s room and they look awesome!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at the canvas for the class on Sunday – this technique was one that didn’t make it so I wanted to show it off today.

Here’s a peek of the Sunday project:

Sneak Peek!

Enjoy your day!