Good morning and Happy Friday!! If you’re a regular follower you know that I adore my distress inks, right? Like…if my house was on fire, after I saved my husband, four-footed herd, and harp…my distress inks would be next! 😉 So when I saw Tim Holtz’s announcement about the DIY distress ink pads a few weeks ago I immediately started a dream list of possible combinations for ink pads. I spent WAY too much time thinking about what colors would blend together. A week ago I literally woke up at 2 AM and wrote an email to myself with an idea for a combination (which you’ll see in this post). Needless to say, I was just a little excited about them!
Two DIY distress ink pads arrived unexpectedly Thursday afternoon and I had to narrow my list fast so I could play…I decided to go with my all-time favorite combination and my 2 AM inspiration!
My very favorite distress ink combination is Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, and Picked Raspberry. The lighter shades blend to a beautiful peachy shade and the darker shades blend to a gorgeous deep pink. And my 2 am inspiration was Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, and Peacock Feathers! Here’s how they turned out!
I tried out the blue pad by inking the new Hero Arts Garden Tile background stamp and stamping it on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I really like how it turned out and I’ll definitely spend more time with it later but I mostly focused on the pink pad today. Ha, I had to finish quickly enough to have time to watch Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal! #tgit
For the second and third cards I stamped the image with Versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. On one card I took the DIY ink pad and swiped it across the paper. Instead of blending the distress ink by hand I let water do the work! I sprayed the panel liberally with WPlus9 Shimmer Mist until the ink started to blend. Then I set it aside to dry naturally as drying it with the heat gun would have caused harsher lines.
For the last card I went the more traditional route and blended the ink by hand. I alternated blending picked raspberry and spun sugar onto the center of the large flowers and then filled in the holes with dried marigold.
To finish the cards I stamped the sentiment with versamark and heat-embossed it with Ranger Silver or Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment directly on some of the cards, used vellum for one, and then on the other I used a border die from Mama Elephant to create a panel for the sentiment. I added a sprinkling of sequins from The Ton on some of the cards to add a little extra sparkle!
…I cannot wait to get my hands on more blank pads… 😉
Anyway, thanks to everyone who left such sweet comments on my blogiversary post last week! I let random.org choose the winner of my $25 giveaway and the winning number is #7: Mateja!! 🙂 If you didn’t win today, you might head over and check out my IG (@JessicaAFrost)! I’m giving away a stamp set from Neat and Tangled and that giveaway ends in a few days!
Thanks so much for visiting and see you tomorrow for Shaker Saturday!