Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Colouring with Distress Inks

It's no secret that I love distress inks!
When I first met Jenny a while back now, she had just a couple of distress ink pads and confided in me that she wasn't really sure what to do with them. If you have seen Jenny's demos or taken one of her classes at our Open Days or if you follow her wonderful blog, you will know what a "whizz" she is colouring with promarkers!

So, when Jenny put together this colouring tutorial I was very happy! Although I think Jenny will always prefer her promarkers it is obvious those distress ink pads are slowly taking over her craft desk!! lol!!

Over to Jenny ...

"A few months ago I only had 2 distress inks pads, today I have a collection of 13!! It seems they have become a staple item to my crafting. I know I'm a little behind the times but they frightened me at first. I saw all the amazing results other people got with them and thought there was no way I could do the same but slowly I have gained more confidence with them and now use them on most of my cards"

For this card, I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa onto some Kraft card.

I used a water brush and a piece of laminated card, or you can use a craft sheet. I pressed the ink pad onto the laminated card, making a "splodge" of colour and then used my water brush to put some water onto the ink and started to colour. I've found it best to start off pale as you can always add more colour. Remember, the more water the paler the colour. For this image I used the following distress ink colours Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Weathered Wood, Brushed Corduroy & Festive Berries

Here's the finished card!

I have inked the edges of the Kraft using the blending tool with Brushed Corduroy ink pad (it doesn't look so dark in real life) and then mounted it onto some dark brown card, stamped Happy Birthday in memento ink and stapled a piece of jute across the card.

Have you tried colouring with distress inks?

Thanks for stopping by today!
Jenny x

1 comment :

humel said...

Oh, wow - that's stunning! I think I'm a bit scared of them, too - which might be partly due to lack of confidence in my drawing and colouring skills.... This is just beautiful, though :)