Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Distress Watercolor Stamping

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

Hello crafty friends, and Happy Monday! In this week’s Studio Monday video, I wanted to bring back a technique I love and have used many times in the past. That is, Distress watercolor stamping.

First let me touch on the inspiration for this card. I saw this gorgeous watercolor art print on Pinterest the other day and fell in love with it! I decided to use it as a jumping off point for the theme and feel of this card. Here’s a look at the image:


This was watercolored by an artist named Yao Cheng; she is very talented! I really love the use of color in the peaches here; lots of variegated colors that lend towards great visual interest. And her loose style has a whimsical feel that I am very drawn too.

So using Yao as inspiration, I created this card…


Distress watercolor stamping is where you apply Distress Inks onto a stamped image, mist with a bit of water, and press onto watercolor paper. The effect, instead of a crisp impression, is a loose and artistic image that resembles the look of watercolor. This is a great way to get the look of watercoloring without even bringing out a paintbrush!


If you are new to this technique, I would recommend trying it first with solid images, such as the ones from Altenew’s Simple Fruits stamp set. This is what I used today in my card, along with a couple other images from both the Floral Shadow and Peony Bouquet sets.

Solid images are a bit easier to work with than outline images in this case and you’ll get better results on your first attempts until you get more comfortable with the technique. You’ll get familiar with how the ink reacts to water, as well as in knowing how much water to use to achieve different looks.


I used many different ink colors for the images on this card. However, if you do not have many Distress Ink colors, remember that you can still achieve a similar look with less colors. If any of you are interested in the colors I did use, I have them listed here for you:

  • Peaches: Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral
  • Leaves: Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles
  • Yellow branches: Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber
  • Red berries: Ripe Persimmon, Pine Needles



The sentiments I used were a combination of greetings from both Altenew’s Floral Shadow stamp set and Hero Arts’ Thank You Messages set. I also added sequins from Pretty Pink Posh as embellishments (Sparkling Clear mix, Sparkling Clear 3mm and Rose Gold 4mm).


You may have noticed the envelope I am showing in the photos of the finished card, which is custom colored. I selected some of the Distress Inks that I had used in the “peaches” of my card and ink blended them onto the front and back of a white envelope. After adding the ink, I flicked on a bit of water to create water spots and help lend toward the watercolor feel of the card.

I could have created an envelope from thin watercolor paper and actually watercolored it – or Distress watercolor stamped a few of the images from the card onto the envelope – but I went with something a little more bold and simple here.

I hope you will be checking out the video below to see how I created this card and see the Distress watercolor stamping technique in action! Thanks for visiting me today; I’ll be back again next week with a new Studio Monday video!





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Amore Laura Fadora: Happy Thoughts

Amore Laura Fadora Happy Birthday

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! How’s your weekend going so far? Welcome back to the latest edition of Amore Laura Fadora! Laura Bassen is bringing some serious sunshine with this gorgeously happy rainbow card!
Amore Laura Fadora Happy Birthday

Watch the video:

Amore Laura Fadora Happy Birthday


Thanks for reading, and thanks to Laura for being our guest!

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Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll: Earth Day

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Welcome to the blog my friends! Today is Earth Day. It’s a great time to think of ways we can take care of our dear mother Earth. I am a recycler, on average we have two bins of recycling and one kitchen bag of regular garbage per week. I think that’s a good start!

To take my recycling a step further, I’ve created a project by pulling out some items from the bin and up-cycled them into a mixed medium project.

I’ve used soda can tabs for the flower petals, a water bottle lid for the center and a plastic straw for the stem. The leaves are created from a cut up toilet paper tube. And finally, the flower sits atop a grassy hill made from corrugated cardboard. Fun isn’t it?

Mixed Medium, Shari Carroll

I started out with the Tim Holtz mini clip board, which was perfect for tucking my typed and printed title under the clip. Today would be a good day for creating a project like this with children. You could use the moment to teach them ways they can recycle, up-cycle and have fun at the same time!

Earth Day, Mixed Medium, Shari Carroll

I’ve filmed the process of creating this project which you can view below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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