Hey, crafty people! It’s Jess, and I’m thrilled to be sharing another post with you today. I’m using the January 2020 subscription box to show off a technique I’ve been loving – stamping a watercolor effect with Distress Oxide Inks. This technique is so easy and fun, and it makes your cards look like a million bucks!

To get started, I grabbed a piece of white cardstock and my Mini MISTI. I used the fantastic watercolor stamp from ‘To the Moon & Back’ for this card. I placed my stamp and then grabbed three Distress Oxide inks – Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, and Peacock Feathers. These colors work so well together! I inked up the top portion of the stamp with Picked Raspberry. To avoid harsh lines where your colors change, tap lightly into the lower section of the stamp – this way, your colors will blend more smoothly.

You can also spritz your stamp with a touch of water using the Distress Sprayer or Mister to help the color blend a little more easily. After I stamped in Picked Raspberry, I inked up the bottom of the stamp in Peacock Feathers. I did the same process of lightly inking up a little higher than I wanted my blue to go so that the colors would blend.

I finished off the watercolor effect by inking up the middle section of the stamp with Seedless Preserves. I was very light-handed here as this is quite a dark color. I spritzed the ink while it was still on my stamp, and that helped it blend nicely.

Once my stamping was done, I set the panel aside to dry. Once it was nice and dry, I stamped out the large moon image from ‘Just a Phase’ in black ink. I stamped this several times with my Mini MISTI to make sure it was super crisp and dark. I love the way the black looks against the vibrant colors – so striking! I also stamped out a couple of the stars from ‘Given Direction’ and the sentiment, ‘Never stop looking up,’ from ‘Aim High.’ I love that these stamps all pair together so nicely.

I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle and then mounted my panel on a black A2 sized card base. That finished things off for today! Be sure to let me know what you think about today’s project and if you’ll try stamping a watercolor effect with Distress Oxide inks soon.

Hugs and love,