Wow…we are getting near the end of the Compendium OfCuriosities Vol. 2 challenges over at Linda’s Studio L3. This week is the third using the Ink Palette, this time with Distress Inks. Tim Holtz shows two different options for this one, and as I have done the first, I decided to try the second one. And let me say: “Halleluiah!” (so looks spelled wrong). This is my new fave coloring technique. I found I liked using the Distress Markers when scribbled on the craft sheet, then had the colors picked up with a water pen, but was worried about using up the markers too fast. This gives the same wonderful transparent effect using the stains-which will probably last a lot longer (and are cheaper to replace!) I will admit I had to tweak the photo a bit though to show the colors, my original photo was so pale.
This stamp by Stampedous! I first saw as a class sample at Absolutely Everything’s blog. Love at first sight I tell you; but I wasn’t going to get it, as I have so many holiday stamps I just haven’t inked yet. Imagine my surprise to see it at Michael’s, 40% off. Bam! In my cart it went. I thought this might lend to this technique well, and I like it so much I’m going to use it as one of my designs. I ended up using watercolor paper which blended better and buckled less than my first 3 attempts. I added Distress Stickles to the holly berries, but as these all get mailed, I try to keep them light and flat, so that was all I added.Now, as I’m actually early, you still have time to jump in: Grab a copy of Tim’s wonderful book, turn to page 51 and give this amazing tool a try. Have a great week everyone.