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Painting With Distress Inks

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Hello stamping friend! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. It’s Deb here for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. If you’re here in Canada, I hope you’re enjoying your Victoria Day long weekend. No work tomorrow – yahoo! If you’re not in Canada, I’m sorry that  you have to work tomorrow. I do hope that wherever  you are, you’ll enjoy today’s project, where I do some painting with Distress inks.


I’m using the beautiful Heartfelt Creations stamp set called Dogwood Chapel. Coincidentally, the Dogwood is our provincial flower, here in British Columbia. It’s more often seen in white, but it also blooms in pink. That’s how I chose to colour my blooms for this project.

Painting With Distress Inks

I decided to use a bit of a different layout, just because I could! I think it’s also a nice way to bring focus onto the beautiful blossoms.


Since you’ll be using water with the Distress inks, the best paper to use is watercolour paper. It provides the best absorption of water without the paper pilling or breaking down. If you do use regular paper/cardstock, just be aware, and don’t add to much water to your brush.

To start, stamp the dogwood branch image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Memento is a waterproof ink, so as long as you give it a few seconds to dry before painting, it won’t smudge or run.  After stamping your image, get out a piece of acetate or other slick surface, like a craft mat or large clear block, and press your ink pads onto that, to transfer the ink. The Distress ink colours I used for the blooms are Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry. For the leaves, use Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters, and finally Tea Dye for the branch.

To apply the ink, I used one of my small paint brushes; if you don’t have one, you can use a small water brush. Some things to keep in mind before you start painting are: first, apply some clean water to the petal your going to start on. Next, work with one colour at a time. I start with my darker colour to add the shading. Work on opposite petals or leaves, so that the first one you’ve painted has time to dry, and you lessen the chance of your colours running or muddying.

So for example, I would start on one petal, applying clean water. Then, I would pick up the Festive Berries ink to my damp brush, and apply it to the areas I want shaded, or are naturally darker on the petal. Next, I would clean my brush, and then apply clean water to an opposite petal to the one I just coloured. I would then apply Festive Berries ink to the new, opposite petal, and so on, for each petal on one bloom. I finish all of the petals on all of the blooms in Festive Berries first, before repeating the process with the Picked Raspberry ink. This way, I’m less likely to cross-contaminate the colours, and muddy up my painting! I’m sure that you’ll find a method that works best for you, as you go along.

close up of painted blooms


Once my dogwood branch was fully painted, I allowed it to dry completely. It didn’t take long, thanks to the process I used for painting it. I decided to add a bit of shading, so I pressed some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink onto my piece of acetate. I thoroughly wet the background, and added a very light application of the blue ink to the background. While your panel is drying, you can create your sentiment. I used one from my stash of stamps, stamping directly onto more watercolour paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink – just for consistency.

Now you’re ready to create your panels, to put your card together! Use a scalloped square die to cut your painted image with your die cutting machine. Next, use a regular square die to cut a square of black cardstock. Layer the two together with foam tape, and attach them to your dark pink cardstock base. Now trim them down to size, and attach your sentiment strips to the bottom of the card front, with more foam tape or squares.

Painting With Distress Inks

To finish off the card front, I added a few light pink pearls from my embellishment stash.


I just love finding different ways to use my supplies. Painting with Distress inks is just one way.  It makes it so much fun, and stretches your crafting dollars. I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s project, and I’ve encouraged you to look at your supplies in a different way.  If you’d like to see how I’ve used this same stamp set, but coloured in a different medium, you can see THIS POST.  Affiliate links below to the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store, for your shopping ease!

Painting With Distress Inks

Easter Sunday With Scrap ‘N Stamp

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Hello stamping friend, and Happy Easter! However you celebrate, or even if you don’t, I hope you’re enjoying your day. It’s Deb here today with a special Easter Sunday with Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team post. It’s my turn to share, so of course I had to include the celebration of the day. I’m using a brand new stamp set that I just ordered, called Dogwood Chapel, by Heartfelt Creations. This is also my first time using any stamps from Heartfelt Creations, and I must say, I’ve had a good first impression!


This stamp set is deeply etched red rubber, ready to use with your clear blocks and stamping platform. They give a nice, clear image, and the details are easily visible.

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

I used two of the 5 stamps from the Dogwood Chapel stamp set; the chapel and the dogwood branch. I wanted to create a scene as if the chapel is in the background, and you’re looking past a lovely flowering dogwood branch.


I knew I wanted to watercolour these lovely images, so I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black in onto watercolour paper. Just to be sure there would be no ink bleeding, I heat set the outline images with clear embossing powder. To get the effect of the chapel being in the background, I first stamped the dogwood branch, and then stamped it again onto a piece of masking paper. I hand cut the image from the masking paper, and placed it over the stamped image. Next, I stamped the chapel image with the mask in place, so that the chapel is placed behind the branch.

The dogwood is actually the provincial flower of British Columbia, where I live. Here, we most typically see the white flower species, but I thought that may be a bit boring, so I decided to colour the pink variety.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, first applying the lightest pink over each entire flower. I wanted the colour to be kept very light, so I first scribbled with the marker onto a large clear block, and then picked up the ink with my water brush. Then, I applied the colour to the image with the water brush.

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

I did this for each of the colours, to keep the application light. It’s always easy to go back and add more colour – but you can’t easily take it away! The photo above shows how I scribbled onto the clear block; you can also use any slick surface, like a piece of acetate, or a water mat, if you have one.


This photo is a close up, so you can see the colours and shading. For the petals/bracts, I used 2 different shades of pink, and added bright green and yellow to the middle. The leaves, as well as the bushes & trees near the chapel are in a multitude of greens – I was even mixing the greens on the block, before colouring! It’s such fun to do – creating your own blend. The chapel was shaded in a light gray, and yellow added to the windows, to give the illusion of it being lit from inside.

close up of colours

The path is coloured in a light brown, and then I added a wash of greens for the grass. To ensure a light blue sky, first wet the paper with your water brush, and then add lots of water to  your brush when picking up the ink from your block. Finally, stamp the sentiment from the Dogwood Chapel stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and again heat set it with clear embossing powder.


Once you’ve finished watercolouring your image and allowed it to dry, attach it to a panel of light pink cardstock, with foam tape.

layering panels

Next, attach those panels to a light blue card base, again with foam tape. I was tempted to add some ribbon or embellishments to the card front, but I liked the simplicity of the image, and so left it plain.


Don’t let the thought of watercolouring put you off! You do not have to be a top level artist; starting with colouring in a stamped image is a perfect way to build up your confidence. And using markers or pencils is also a great way to start, if the thought of buying actual paints puts you in a panic! You’ll find links below to the products I used to create this card – all available in a one-stop-shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp. I hope that this Easter Sunday with me of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team has inspired you to get creative, no matter what medium you choose to use!

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

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