First Attempt at Watercoloring with Distress Inks

Hey friends! I’m back with a post about my first attempt at watercoloring with distress inks.

Card Front

I chose my image from a cute stamp set called Up and Away. I just love these cute critters. I picked the monkey for this card.

First I started with stamping the monkey and the balloons with a Versmark stamp pad and embossed the images with some clear embossing powder on some watercolor paper by Tim Holtz pre-cut to 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches. I also stamped the sentiment with some Versamark ink and embossed it with the pink embossing powder from Ranger to add a pop of color.

Then I moved onto the fun part. I laid out my craft sheet by Ranger and went to work. I smudged the distress inks right onto the craft sheet and picked them up with my paint brush. I added the color to the little wells that my embossing made for my images.

To make some of the of the images pop, I sprayed some water mixed with Perfect Pearls Pigment powder and used that in the coloring of the balloons and the paint splatter after all of the coloring was done.


Since the embossing powder resists the watercolor, it was very easy to wipe any color away to give it that glossy shine.

And of course, I couldn’t stop there. There was not enough glitter for me, so I added some Stickles glitter glue to the paint splatter to make it shine just a little more.


Hindsight is 20/20

We learn as we go. That is always true. And I learned a lot from this first watercoloring experience.

The first thing I learned was that I would have stamped or embossed in a different color. The clear would be nice if there were no details like a face. I feel like the face of this monkey isn’t seen as well a it could because of this.

Secondly, I think I would have made some bolder color choices to make this card more playful.

Finally, I would have masked the monkey and the balloons so they did not get any splatter on them. I could have even done a simple mask like with a post-it or scrap piece of paper. (Post-it tape is on my wish list!)

The Envelope

You know me… I love my matching envelopes. So I stamped this envelope back with the balloons from the card front and colored them with two shades of colored pencils to match the colors of the watercolor on the front. I almost always add a heart of the back of my envelopes and todays envelope was no different. I stamped a simple outline of a heart at the base of the balloon strings.

And because I just couldn’t resist, I made sure I covered those balloons with some Wink of Stella to make them shimmer!IMG_4642

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at the card I made. As always the supplies I used will be listed below with links of where you can purchase them. I hope you’ll come back and see me again soon!

Love, Cindy ADH



Happy Belated Mothers Day!

Hey all! I’m back to show you the two Mothers Day cards I gave this year. (I didn’t want to show them ahead of time because I didn’t want one of our moms to accidentally see them early!)

First up is the card I gave to my mom.

The Card Front

I started off by stamping the star and moon and the mama and baby bear in some Memento Tuxedo Black ink since I was going to be Copic coloring on some 110lb. Recollections paper, which I have found to be a good weight for Copic coloring.

Copic Colors Used:

Mama Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19

Baby Bear- E11, E13, E15

Moon and Star- Y15, Y17

After they were colored, I masked them with some rubber cement and a kids paint brush, which I find to be a very reasonably priced masking option that does not damage the card stock.


Once the colored images were masked and the rubber cement was dry, I colored the background of this scene with distress inks. I used the color Stormy Sky for the sky and Mowed Lawn for the grass. To make the outline of the hill, I simply cut a piece of junk mail and used Washi tape to keep it onto the paper.

I used the Creative Confetti die to create some extra stars for the card and used Ranger’s Multi-Medium in Matte to attach them to the front of the card with a tiny star in the baby bear’s paw. I also covered all of the stars and the moon with some Wink of Stella, so they would glisten.

I added the “I Love You’ sentiment to the front of my card by adding the stamped greeting to a white die cut stitched rectangle from the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax. Then I heat embossed this greeting with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder (which is currently my favorite color embossing powder).


I kept the envelope very simple. I used the small prints and the heart in the stamp set and made it so the paw prints create a path off of the envelope. IMG_4617

The second card was for my mother-in-law.

The Card Front

I had pre-colored these bears from Bear Hugs from Mama Elephant in my spare time.

Copic Colors Used:

Mama Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19, R20

Baby Bear- E11, E13, E15, E19, R20 (In hindsight, I would have used less colors on the baby bear to make him a little lighter.

Then I added some highlight dots to the cheeks with my Uni-Ball Signo Broad white gel pen.

For the background, I cut a hill with the Landscape Trio die set out of some patterned papers I have in my stash. I tried adding some color to the edges of the patterned paper with B00 for the sky and G00 for the grass. I added these pieces of the landscape to the front of the card with some Scotch double sided tape and added some Stickles glitter glue to the line in between the sky and the grass. I also added several dots of the same glitter glue at the top and bottom of the card to tie this glitter glue in with the design of the card.


I added the “I Love You” sentiment to the front of my card by adding the stamped greeting to a white die cut stitched rectangle from the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax. Then I heat embossed this greeting with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Then I stamped “words can never describe just how much” over the I Love You in Audrey Blue from Simon Says Stamp.


I hope you enjoyed a look at these cards and how I created them. If you’d like a look at the products I used, you can check them out below.

Love, Cindy ADH


Simon Says Stamp Haul- May 2015

Hey guys! I’m back with another post on a super awesome haul from an absolutely amazing company, Simon Says Stamp.

Please note: These items were given to me as a gift, but that does not affect my opinion of them.

First up is some awesome dye ink. I received the following colors:

  • Lavender
  • Orange Peel
  • Audrey Blue
  • Fern
Top Row (Left to Right): Lavender, Orange Peel Bottom Row (Left to Right): Audrey Blue, Fern

Top Row (Left to Right): Lavender, Orange Peel
Bottom Row (Left to Right):
Audrey Blue, Fern

I was really impressed with how well the packaging is true to the color inside. Please note though that when you shop online, the color you see on your screen may not be exactly what you get.

Dye is ink that get absorbed into the paper. I noticed with this specific dye ink by Simon Says Stamp that the ink starts off looking not solid. Freak out moment! But over time, the image gets more solid. Score! Another thing to point out with any dye ink is that since the ink is absorbed into the paper, it will be a little lighter than originally stamped. I was happy that the colors of the Simon Says Stamp colors did not go dull though after being absorbed.

Fun Fact: The lids of these inks actually snap shut. I learned this the hard way when I tried to put them away without snapping them first and the lids popped off!

Next up were some super cute stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp. The first one is called Slumber Party, with the matching die set Girls Night Out.


The images in this stamp set will be perfect for coloring. The matching die set cuts out all of images in this stamp set and the sentiments would be perfect for a slumber party or an invite for a girls night out with friends.

The next stamp set is called Road Trip with a coordinating die set called On the Road.


Please note that this is a coordinating die set, not a matching die set. So this die will not match the images in this stamp set, but it does work with it. The die set makes a good frame for the images like the station wagon and the luggage and the bottom section of the frame would hold the sentiments perfectly!

Then we have some super cool stencils that I am ridiculously excited about. I can’t wait to play with them!


Both of the stencils I’m showing are 6×6 which means they will be very easy to use on a standard size A2 card front whether you’re making a landscape or top folding card. The first one is Tiny Spaced Hearts. These tiny hearts would be perfect for so many backgrounds. You could use regular inks and a dauber, or even some distress inks to make a well blended background with several colors.

Here’s a close up of those tiny hearts:


The next stencil is called Harlequin. This stencil has some nice big designs that would be great for some embossing paste.

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Because the designs are so big, I would definitely recommend taping down all of the sides and workings from the larger parts of the stencil outwards. This will keep the the stencil from sliding on you when you are applying your ink.

Last but certainly not least is some card stock from Simon Says Stamp. I received the Daybreak pack of card stock.


If you are wanting to try card stock from a company that you are unsure about, I would definitely recommend trying a sample pack with different color choices. This pack has the following colors:

  • Lemon Chiffon
  • Lavender
  • Soft Navy
  • Burnt Orange
  • Fog
  • Smoke
  • Slate

There are three great gray colors in this sample pack, which is a great way to test them out with the inks I already have before committing to one gray over another.

Another wonderful thing about this card stock is that it is 100 lb. weight. This makes it super sturdy and perfect for card bases! I can’t wait to try this card stock out.

Want to see more? Check out the video here to see these products in more detail:

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