Hey, welcome back! Have you tried Distress Resist yet? I learned about this technique from Jennifer McGuire, and if you haven’t checked out her site yet, you’ll enjoy it. She always has great tutorials, and I learn something new every time I’m there.
I’m working with Bristol cardstock today, but watercolor paper would probably work even better. You need a heavy paper for this technique. I pressed the Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink pad to my panel, and kept going until the whole panel was nice and dark. You want to cover the paper with ink, but we don’t want it soggy. Then you need to let the paper dry, either on it’s own, or speed up the process with a heat tool. You want it completely dry before you move on.
Oh, and I’m working on a craft mat from Ranger. This is a messy technique, so you need to protect your work surface.
I stamped my image onto the panel with Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I didn’t take a picture of this, because you can’t see the clear image. Next I went over the image with a slightly damp baby wipe. A paper towel would work, too. It reactivates the color, and lifts it to reveal our image. This is the Sail Boat stamp from Darkroom Door, but any image would work. It makes the water look like it’s glowing – so cool!
After the water dried, I die cut the panel with Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp. This exposed the edges of the panel, which are still white. I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to add more Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink around the edges of the panel, and darken them a little. It makes the panel pop against the white background. Now we need to add a sentiment.
I used the largest Postage Edge die to cut another panel from Bristol cardstock. I also used it for the card base. If you don’t use the same white paper throughout the card, it won’t match, and it doesn’t look as clean and crisp. So I try to always use the same white paper for the entire card.
I stamped a sentiment from the Mountains stamp set by The Ton. And I used Blueprint Distress Ink to stamp my sentiment, to tie the card together.
I centered the panels on the card base, and attached them with tape runner. You could use foam tape for dimension, but since this card is going through the mail, I kept it flat.
Have you tried this technique? Are you going to? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.