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. Gorgeous card, May! Thanks for the inspiration. I am actually looking forward to Mondays now – at least in May!!

  2. Thanks for showing us this technique. It looks simple enough that I may even try it! Thanks for a chance to win some prizes.

  3. Great technique! So unique and beautiful card. Love the Tim Holtz products, I wish I could have it all.

  4. I love this card. I can’t wait to try this for myself. Thank you so much for sharing. Beautiful work and gorgeous details.

  5. This is a beautiful card and the technique seems so simple. But it certainly doesn’t look like a “simple card”. Love it!!

  6. That is an amazingly beautiful card! Love the card and the stamp……going shopping now. My husband thanks you. LOL!

  7. GORGEOUS colours, FABULOUS technique and BEAUTIFUL card!!!

    THANK YOU for sharing your tutorial and creative INSPIRATION May :)

  8. Really enjoyed looking at this project. Lovely colours of blue. I am new to all this and am wanting to learn more about inks and embossing. Thank you for sharing and thank you May for your blog as well.
    Stay Calm and Create Art
    Victoria, BC

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