Emboss Resist & Multilayered Watercoloring with Distress Inks

– [Kristina] Hi
everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another card video at my YouTube Channel and blog. Today I’m going to be using some brand new products
from Simon Says Stamp. These happen to be
products that I designed for their Stamptember release and I’ve been eagerly awaiting
to use this background because it’s based
on one of my carts that I created here, on
YouTube, not too long ago. So you’ll remember that card. I’ll have a link to it up in the top corner if you
want to check that out. But, I loved that
triangle design so much, that I really wanted
to see it used as a background design, a
background stamp design. So, that’s what I’m
going to do today and do a similar water
coloring look on top. So I first prepped some
Strathmore Watercolor paper with an EK Success Powder Tool. This is an anti
static powder tool and it’s going to help
the embossing powder stick to only areas where
I’ve stamped that design. I coated the background
stamp in VersaMark ink and then pressed
that watercolor paper down onto the background stamp. I put a piece of
paper over the top just to protect it while I rub my hand over the
top and make sure that every single area
of that watercolor paper comes into contact with
the background stamp below. After I lifted that
off, I took some white embossing
powder from Hero Arts and sprinkled that over the top. There were a few little areas that still had some
embossing powder in the center of the triangles, so I used a dry paint
brush to sweep those away. I then took my heat
tool and heat set the embossing powder until
it was melted and smooth. Then I’m going to do
some watercoloring. I’m going to use
some Distress Inks. These are the mini ink pads. I’m using five different colors. The first color is
Scattered Straw. I’ll then use Worn Lipstick,
Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans and Evergreen Bough. I wanted these colors to really mix and blend with each other. So I’m smooshing them
down onto a craft sheet and then I’ll go
ahead and spray it with a ton of water. Not a large amount
of water but enough to get the inks beading
up on the surface of this craft sheet. This is a very similar technique to what I showed in
last Tuesday’s video where I used markers
instead of distress inks. I used markers and drew
them on to the craft sheet and then sprayed it with water until I got water
droplets and then smooshed my
watercolor paper down onto the craft sheets. It’s a very, very
similar technique. You can do this with a bunch of different inks and
different markers. Anything that’s a
water reactive medium, you can do this with. I wanted to sop up
some of those areas that are really puddling up, so I just used the
corner of the paper towel to sop up some of that moisture. This is going to help
the watercolor area from not being over saturated and starting to muddy
up the colors too much. So I’m going to hit
this with my heat tool until it’s completely dry and then I decided to pounce this watercolor piece back into those water droplets just to get some additional color
in some of the areas. So I did this a couple of times just to get some
more colors mixing and melding into those,
already blended areas. After this third
time pouncing down, I realized that I was getting some sort of muddy gray areas and I didn’t want those. So I immediately went
in with my paper towel and dabbed up some
of that color. I wanted to make
sure that I wasn’t losing any of the really
pretty colors underneath. So I hit them with my
heat tool once again and then I cleaned
up my craft sheet. I want this completely clean before I move on
to the next step. I’m going to take
those mini ink pads and smoosh them down onto
the craft sheet once again. This time, I’m going
to be picking up color with a paint brush
and just painting on some triangles
on that design. Starting out with
that Evergreen Bough. This color’s, actually, quite
concentrated at the moment. As I go on with my painting, you’ll notice that I water down
the colors much, much more. But I did want to show you that this initial triangle
painted with Worn Lipstick, it was very, very intense and then I watered
down that color a little bit more,
painted a couple of smaller triangles
and I realized that the color was more diluted and I liked that more. So then I brought in some water onto that darker triangle. This is just clean water. I put that over that dark area and then used a paper
towel to pick up some of that color. It just took away that intensity and that’s more
of what I wanted. So I’m going to speed up
the video process here ’cause this took a
little bit of time and I’m just going to show you how I painted in a bunch
of the colors over the top. I really wanted to have
some more intense yellows over the yellow
area and some more, Seedless Preserves
over the purple. I really just wanted
to mix the colors a little bit more. So you’ll notice I brought some of that purple
into the blue area and I’m bringing the purple
down into the green area. I really wanted to
get those colors to look like they were all
over that entire piece. I didn’t bring too much yellow
down into the purple however because purple and yellow
are complimentary colors and when they mix together, they make grey or brown and
I didn’t want to do that. So I didn’t bring
any of the yellow down into the purple area. I’m adding on a
little bit more color just to see what it looks like. This is almost done. Once it was completely done, I used my heat tool to go
ahead and dry everything and make sure it was
bone dry before moving on to the next step. Like another video that
I’ve done this week, from Thursday’s video,
I’m going to die cut a window in the
lower right corner of this card here. I’m going to be using
the Sorry Circle Die and I found another
circle that’s just slightly larger than that. This is from the
Simon Says Stamp nested circles and die set. And I’m die cutting
a circle window out of the front of this card. Or it will be card. Right now it’s just
a watercolor panel. I’m going to do some
more die cutting. I’m taking that circle
that I just cut out and I picked one
that’s slightly larger. I’m going to cut
out a velum piece. This velum is going to cover up that circle window
and I don’t want to have to do two
layers of card stock, like the water color
paper and the card stock on the front of the card, so I thought I would
die cut a velum circle that looks nice and cut and then I won’t have to
put an extra panel on the inside of the card. So then I cut two Sorry
Circle dies out of some Neenah Solar
White Card Stock. This is the 80 pound version. I cut two of those and you’ll
see why here in a minute. Using my Tim Holtz Craft Pick just to get that die
cut out of the dye. Then I’m going to
work on the card base. I’ve cut some Neenah
Silver White Card Stock. This is the 110 pound version and I’ve cut it before
in 3/4 wide by 5 1/2 tall and then I scored it just
a 1/2 inch from the edge. This is going to
give me a nice flap so that I can adhere
the two pieces together and create a card. I’ve added some Tombow Xtreme
Adhesive onto that flap. Then I’ll use my
grid mat to line up this piece here and then, put my watercolor
piece over on the side, overlapping that flap. And it’s not going
to be a perfect cut because you have to even
it up after the fact. I’m going to go ahead
and use my paper trimmer and just cut off
the tiniest amount off of the free
edges to make sure that everything
lines up perfectly. Now I’m going to adhere
that velum circle on the inside of
the card just using some Ranger Multi
Medium Matte for that. You’ll notice I’ve
got a little bit of watercolor splatter on
the inside of the card. I’m not too concerned about that it’s such a small
amount and it just shows that it’s a hand made card
so I’m not too concerned. If you were
concerned about that, you could most definitely cover that whole entire
panel on the inside with another piece
of card stock. I used an acrylic block to hold that down
while it dried. And then I’m going
to prep those two Sorry Circle die cuts. I’m just pressing
that die cut down onto a VersaMark ink pad and then I’m going
to sprinkle on some embossing powder
from Simon Says Stamp. This happens to
be the ultra fine, Antique Gold embossing powder. I’m going to hold the die
cut with some tweezers while I sprinkle on
the embossing powder. The area that is being
held by the tweezers, won’t get any embossing powder but I’m not worried
about that because I’m going to do a second
layer of embossing powder and when I do that, I will change where the tweezers are holding the die cut
and so then that area that previously had
no embossing powder, it will get some on
this time around. So I’m pressing that down into
the VersaMark pad once again. Picking that up with my tweezers and then I’ll just dip that
into the embossing powder that’s left in
this coffee filter. For embossing powders
that I don’t use quite as often, I will use just a coffee filter as
a backdrop to catch all of that embossing powder and then I can easily
funnel that back into the jar of
embossing powder. It’s also really great because then you can bring that die cut back down into the
embossing powder in the coffee filter
if you need to like I did today. If you have any areas
that aren’t smoothed out, you could go ahead and
heat that once more and it will soften
all those edges. So do the exact same
thing on the other Sorry Circle die cut, except this time, I
did it on the backside of the die cut
and that’s because I’m going to be adhering
these two die cuts onto that velum circle. One on the outside of the card and one on the
inside of the card. It’s going to hide
any of that adhesive or the back side of that
Sorry Circle die cut when you look at the
inside of the card. I stacked up three
acrylic blocks to hold that die cut
down onto the velum while it dried and
then I went ahead and adhered the back
side of that die cut on the inside of the card. So I’m lining that up and then I’m going to go ahead and
use the acrylic blocks, once again, to hold the die
cut down while it dries. And that will, pretty much, finish up the card for today. I wanted to let you guys know that this card
video and blog post are part of a blog
hop celebrating Simon Says Stamps Stamptember and if you want to have a chance at winning an amazing
giveaway prize, make sure you head over to
my blog for more details. They have a huge prize
pack they’re giving away for the entire month
of Stamptember. So, you’ll want to go
and check that out. Thanks so much for
watching today’s video. I will see you guys on Monday for another card video. Until then, thanks for watching and I’ll see you guys next time. (soft guitar music)

42 Replies to “Emboss Resist & Multilayered Watercoloring with Distress Inks”

  1. Kristina, thank you for making this stamp for us! What a beautiful design, which allows us to make beautiful art! I look forward to having one of my own.

  2. What is the name of the black thing with grid lines in the background? I love to get one of those. Your videos makes me want to buy art supplies and try my luck at art. Great video!

  3. I love your art, it is fantastic. But I wouldn't do something like that. I like art for that you don't need to spend that much money. I am a student and I want to create beautiful and easy stuff, so… sorry, but that isn't what I am searching for.

  4. Do you take requests? Lol. I've recently bought this abstract triangles back ground stamp, I also have finetec pearlized water color paints. I would like to see more ways to use my finetec paints. I think I'm going to try using it with this background stamp but I would like to see more ideas. So if you get any free time…..lol. 🙂

  5. Thank you so much.  Enjoyed the video.  Have written down the infor and am intending to get several of the items you used.  Gorgeous cards.

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