This weekend I had planned to play around with Ranger Distress Inks, so that's exactly what I did. I love these inks! They're like little dynamos - ready for anything you throw at them. The list of things you can do with them is endless (almost... they won't scrub the floor for you).
The end result for this one had me pleased as punch, as my grandmother used to say. I was thrilled with the colours, and the simple, straightforward image is fun and sketchy.
For this card I used another one of the stamp sets I got for free when I purchased a bunch of supplies from Stamping' Up!. I swear I'm having more fun with the free ones than the ones I paid for!
This is a set of 4 stamps called "A Happy Thing"; a lemon, a bird and two sentiments. You can find it in the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue which is valid until March 31st, so if you're loving this set as much as I am (I love the "Love Life" sentiment!), you'd better get a move on!
I used the Ranger Distress Inks to do a little watercoloring, which is one of the great things you can do with this stuff. It behaves just like real watercolours. Ranger's craft mat is a great tool for this technique, because you can put the ink directly on it, get it wet, then wipe everything off with a paper towel, cloth, baby wipe - anything works.
There are two types of watercolour paper that make me really happy. Strathmore is a very well-known paper with great qualities, and I highly recommend it. I use it a lot. Strathmore has an off-white colour, and that's where the Tim Holtz Watercolour Card Stock comes in.
I had read about online and watched a few videos where it was used, so I thought I'd give it a try. The main thing that drew me to it was the fact that it's white instead of off-white. It comes in a package of 20 sheets and it really is white! The quality of the paper is really good. It doesn't pill or get fuzzy like some I've tried. I was really happy with it, and use it often.
The nice thing about it is the size. The measurements are 4-1/4 x 5-1/2". Ranger also has a larger sized paper as well in case you're planning a larger card.
So if you want to see how I made this "watercolour" card using distress inks, check out the video below!
See you soon!
Some of What I used...Stampin' Up! Basic Grey Card Stock
Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock
A Happy Thing Stamp Set by Stamping' Up!
Ranger Craft Sheet
Fiskars SureCut Paper Trimmer
Martha Stewart Score Board
Ranger Distress Inks @ Simon Says Stamp
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