Water coloring with distress inks: You Make My Life Better Card

Good morning, crafters! I am on my blog today to share a water coloring project that I have created for #thedailymarker30 challenge that is taking place on Instagram right now.

Card Details

I have water colored with distress inks for a while, however I felt that I did better with a distress ink blending technique. I decided to give water coloring another try since I got My Favorite Things Roses All Over background stamp for Christmas (Santa has been so good to me). So many beautiful cards have been created using this stamp: it is perfect for many techniques and occasions.


I stamped and heat embossed a watercolor  paper panel with Wow Metallic Copper embossing powder: this powder matches perfectly with gold and sparkling clear sequins.

I slightly wet my paper and applied distress inks with a brush in no particular order. The distress inks blend so beautifully, however watch out for color running if your paper is too wet.  Dab access water with a paper towel. I wanted my card to be colorful so I went with a selection of rainbow colors. I shaded some areas with Prisma Color pencils and added dots with a gold gel pen.


I die cut the water colored panel with Antique Frames by Penny Black and adhered it to the card base made out of Neenah Smooth Desert Storm cardstock (my new favorite crafty item).

The technique of inlaying die cuts is popular right now, and the results are stunning. I cut YOU with one of the dies from You Trio by My Favorite Things 4 times, glued them together, and then in laid them onto the card panel. I heat embossed a sentiment from All About You stamp set by My Favorite Things on a flag die cut. Adding a few sequins made the card a little bit more festive.


I hope I inspired you to color with distress inks and create your own project. Coloring with this medium is a little bit unpredictable, and you will end up with a surprise result every time. Try adding details with gel pens and pencils on hand ( I learned these tips from TheDailyMarker.com). Create a card today and share it with the wonderful crafting community!





Author: lanaklair

A card maker from Florida, USA.

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