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. Love this, May! I’m going to improvise and make something for my mom – it reminds me of her! Thanks so much!

  2. Love how the different blues pop on this card. I’m fascinated by the steps you take, May.

  3. I love the technique that you used today. Yes, it is so much fun using distress inks and water.

  4. Oh my goodness this looks absolutely gorgeous. May has done an outstanding job on this card, and in my favorit colors even, so ofcause I love it.

  5. Beautiful card! Love the colours! I like to see how the distress ink is used – thank you!

  6. I’ve been loving white embossed images, too, and this is another way to take advantage of them.

  7. Oh, yes, I love working with Distress inks, too. They just blend so well. Your card is gorgeous!

  8. That is just so cool. Such a beautiful card. Of course, I do love any color, as long as it’s blue. Thank you.

  9. Love this card May! The colours and techniques are wonderful. I am going to have to try this.

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