How to Use Distress Crayons for a Watercolor-Inspired Background

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Learn how to create a custom, watercolor inspired background using Distress Crayons!

Learn how to create a custom, watercolor inspired background using Distress Crayons!

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  • Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts Baby Animals Clear Stamp Set & Coordinating Die
  • Waterbrush
  • Micron Pen 05
  • Pen Touch White 1.0
  • Versamark Ink
  • Old Paper Distress Ink
  • Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • White Cardstock
  • Black Cardstock
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers: Magenta (Primary), Sea Green (Nature)
  • Heidi Swapp Stencil 01212 Similar
  • Distress Crayon (Seedless Preserves)
  • Ranger Foam Blender
  • Scissors
  • Washi Tape or Repositionable Tape
  • The Best Ever Craft Mat
  • Big Shot Plus Die Cutting Machine

Trim a piece of watercolor paper to 4x5.25. Place a stencil over it and adhere it down with washi or respositionable tape. I use The Best Ever Craft Mat as a base to protect my crafting surface.

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Using the Seedless Preserves Distress Crayon, color in the lower right corner. Don't color in the entire stencil; just do the lower portion.

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Blend the color up with a foam blender. This will soften up the crayon look and it will pull the color across the entire panel.

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Now, stamp the Seedless Preserves ink onto a non-stick surface (this is also where The Best Ever Craft Mat comes in handy!). Dip into it with a wet brush and paint it onto the panel. The colors of the ink and crayons match perfectly. Allow the panel to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.

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Add some splatters to the watercolor panel by scribbling a watercolor marker onto an acrylic block and picking up the color with a wet paintbrush.

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On a separate piece of watercolor paper, stamp the owl twice, without re-inking the stamp. Use the second stamped image; this is lighter, so the no-line watercolor look will be achieved easier.

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Color in the owl using watercolor markers and a water brush.

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Use a white paint marker to add some highlights and dots. To create the eyes, use a Micron pen. You can use the stamp itself for a reference if it is hard to tell where they belong. Once everything is dry, die cut the owl out using a die cutting machine.

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Stamp the sentiment and some hearts in VersaMark ink and heat emboss in white on a strip of black cardstock. The black will really pop against the Distress Crayon background we created.

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Adhere the owl to black cardstock and trim around it. Then, assemble the card. Use foam adhesive for the owl to add some dimension.

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If you're looking for some more ideas for backgrounds or other ways to use Distress Crayons, head on over to the Ideas Section! Happy Crafting!