Mondays in May with May: 2014 Edition! Part 1

Hi readers! Happy first Monday in May! We so enjoyed doing this fun collaborative feature with May Flaum last year that we decided to do it again! Join us each Monday in May to go down another creative journey with May Flaum! She’s sharing some fun techniques with some of her favorite products and you don’t want to miss it!


Do I like to distress? Oh yes! May Flaum here, and I love to color with Tim Holtz distress products and today I’ve got a card featuring my current favorite technique – coloring a white embossed image.

There is just something about the white raised image with distress colors that simply amazes me. I love it! To begin, stamp and emboss (with white or black powder) any image and heat set the powder.


Next, color in the image with distress markers. Once you are done with that, cover the rest of the paper by using a foam blending tool and your distress ink color of choice.


Mist with water or perfect pearls


While it is still wet, go ahead and take a water brush and blend the colors within the stamped image further. This will give a beautiful contrast and really help that image pop.


While your paper dries, stamp again with one of the colors you used onto white cardstock. This background image should then be misted with water to blur it a bit, and the edges colored lightly with distress ink and a foam blending tool.


Once this is done, it will all come together quickly! Here you can see my finished card.


Want to know more about how I use (and love) Distress Ink? I’ve got an on-line class coming soon at my website (info here) and if you’re in the Columbus Ohio area on May 29-30 you can see me creating with Distress and so much more at the Simon Says Stamp Create event!


Thanks for reading today and thanks to May for being our guest!

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  1. This is so lovely and emphasizes why I love Distress Inks do much! Oh the wonderful things you can do with a distress ink or two!!! :)

  2. This card exudes serenity. Love every detail about it. Need to get the mini Distress ink pads to play. Happy Monday!

  3. Love your card…the colors are so pretty…love the techniques for distress inks…still learning how to use them…thanks!!

  4. I have only two Distress Ink colors but think I might be able to pull this off! Thanks, May! To say ‘I Love your card’ is an understatement =]

  5. This is such a great technique and a gorgeous card! I’m looking forward to learning more about how to use those distress inks that I bought.

  6. Beautiful, elegant, simple, exquisite card! Did you use watercolor paper, Ranger Specialty paper or regular cardstock as the base? You did not mention it in your tutorial.

  7. May this card is gorgeous I love the whit embossing it gives this card a very classy look love the layering as well!

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