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!

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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!