Colorful Stenciled Card With Distress Ink

Posted by Dana Joy
Learn how to make a quick card using spring colors with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

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Spring is here and the flowers are blooming. I love this time of year as all the colors change and you can feel the happiness in the air. So let's make a quick card using some happy colors.

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  • Mini Blending Tool
  • American Crafts Zap Heat Gun
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad - 9 x 12
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Wilted Violet
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Twisted Citron
  • Versamark Clear Ink
  • Tim Holtz Butterflies
  • Stamper's Anonymous Time Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil

I'm using watercolor paper here for my card. I like to tape down the stencil over the paper to keep it still while I stencil. Now it's time to add some color. Using a blending tool, I lay color over my stencil. I chose to use three colors. Starting with the twisted citron, mermaid lagoon and finishing with wilted violet distress ink. Doesn't this make a gorgeous background?

After I remove the stencil I spritz on a little bit of water. This is just to get the color to move a little and soften up. I use a paper towel to soak up some of the water and set it aside to dry. This step is totally optional.

Once my panel is dry, I stamp some pretty butterflies on it with Versamark ink. This is a clear ink and helps embossing powder stick. I sprinkle on some platinum embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun. Look how gorgeous those butterflies are.

I took a strip of watercolor paper and colored it with the wilted violet distress ink. This will give my panel a nice pop of color down the side of the card. Again, this step is optional but it sure does make your card look great.

Next I stamped out the sentiment in the same color on a strip of paper. I kept the sentiment in the violet color so it stays consistent with the colors on my card. I wrapped the sentiment towards the bottom portion of my card panel. I didn't want to hide my pretty butterflies. All that was left to do was to add the panel to the card front.

All that was left to do was to add the panel to the card front. I lined up my panel on the card front leaving a white area to the right of the panel. I did this just in case I wanted to add more embellishments before I send my card out.

Look how colorful this card turned out. Super easy to do and you and totally mix your colors. Using stencils you can create some gorgeous card panels for all kind of occasions. It's totally up to your creative imagination. So the next time you need a spring card, pull out those gorgeous stencils and start creating some happiness. You can use distress, chalk, pigment or dye inks for this technique. You can't go wrong with this technique. Have a great day everyone