I love Ranger's Distress Inks

Hello Friends, How are you? Thanks for stopping by day 2 of my blog week at Penny Black. This set of note cards is my interpretation of some batik fabric. The distress inks pared with Penny Black's Mix & Match papers worked together so beautifully.

Blank Cards Gift Set

The packaging from the transparent & clings sets always comes in handy for gift packaging. I let you in on a little secret. I forgot the envelopes. Oh well.... I think the vintage pin will make up for that. I love to use these metal vintage pins on my bulletin board.
Blank Cards Gift Set
I just want to give you a close up on each card and a tutorial to follow.
Blank Cards Gift Set
The enamel accents is that one extra detail that makes the card it that extra dimensional pop.
Blank Cards Gift Set
I have been layering my butterflies for more lift as you see in all of these cards.
In this post I used vellum as my second layer that I stamped on for a more delicate look. 
Blank Cards Gift Set
The corners I used Chipped Sapphire. This combo is my favorite. Which one is yours??

This powder tool gives me a clean image when I use it before I emboss. Just brush it over your paper. For today I'm using watercolor paper.

I just smeared my ink pads right onto the paper. I started with the lighter colors in the middle.

Add some worn lipstick bringing the color from the edges toward the center. Then add the darker color in the corners with Barn Door.

I like to stamp the pad directly onto the craft mat. Then I smear the ink with a wet wipe to get these lines of droplets in the ink.

Lay the paper down onto the droplets. Pick it up and see if you are happy. Perhaps repeat or add some different colors.

When I was finished I added more ink to the corners. Rust to the orange, Purple to the blue, green and red.

 This is when you can add the Enamel Accents. ( I use both colors all the time)  Notice that the image isn't totally filled in because I stamped it on a heavy textured water color paper. I felt it was a perfect for the batik look.

I stamped the ink pads on some card stock to "color" them then stamped the paisley background on top. Punch out your butterflies on some white paper and the inked paper.
That's it for today. Off to work on my card for Thursday. Thanks again for stopping...I really appreciate it. Hugs, Kathy

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It's blooming flowers all week & a winner

Hello Friends, I have to thank you all for voting on your top two favorite Penny Black Flowers in this post. "Star Inspired" & "Flowers Amongst Flowers" (below) were your top two picks. This week it's my turn on the Penny Black blog  so I like to try and give you something to sink your teeth into. Today I will show you how to create this background with distress inks and give you a bonus card.
  Before we get started I would like to congratulate Christy. I have a "Star Inspired" just for you.

I was happy with my card but, something was missing so I decided to stamp three more flowers and cut them out. Finally I can link you to my magic scissors that make all of my tiny cutting possible.

When you are "cutting" your paper layer the card stock & a sheet of scrap copy paper (it's thinner). After your papers are cut it's important to tape the back of your paper to the Spellbinders die to hold it secure. I like to use drafting dots because they lift up easily.

Turn your die onto the front.

Punch your clouds. Sketch two lines on the on the bottom of the scrap paper that resemble a hill and cut them out. This will leave you with three pieces of scrap and two clouds.

Tape  the hills down on the sides of the scrap paper. Use removable tape on the clouds. Once all the pieces are secure layer your distress inks starting with the lightest first.

In this post I describe in detail how to layer the distress inks as I did above.

(Tumbled Glass & Broken China)

Place the top part of the scrap paper over the distressed areas and remove the first part of the hill. A dauber is easy to apply the Crushed Olive in these small spaces.

Gently add your ink a few times to get the desired color.

Try to add more of the ink on the edges. When the outsides of card are darker you eyes tend to focus to the center of the card.

Here's a peek.  One more hill to go.

Put  your papers back on to protect what you have already distressed.

Depending on how you cover up the first hill can give you a different result. I left a tiny line of white before covering up the first hill. When finished it will resemble a path.

Distress the second hill with Peeled Paint.

This is the finished result. Now you can add any image to the background.

Load your rubber stamp with Tombow watercolor markers. All you need to do is color the rubber as you would on paper. 
Huff into the rubber when you are finished and stamp onto your background & set aside.

Mist your the rubber a second time to get one more card. You will see mine at the bottom of this post. 

I used some scrap plastic and scribbled down some colors. If you would like add more color to your image use a blender pen to pick up the color from the plastic (or a paint brush).

This post will describe the technique a with a little more detail.

The first image is from the first stamping and the other one is from the second stamping.

A few more details that I added are: I thickened the stems on the large flowers with a colored pencil.
I Added some highlights with a colored pencil to the hills.
I traced the petals and leave with a ultra fine tip black marker.
Applied ultra find flower soft to the centers on the left. First I put down some Glossy Accents & sprinkled with a mix of the two colors. 
Add some faux stitching and or dots to the petals.
The card on the right I added Enamel Accents to the center along with Glossy Accents.


Here's the bonus card from the second stamping.

Thank you for reading this all the way to the end. Tomorrow I have some inking for you with more flowers. As always I am happy you came by. Hugs, Kathy

SUPPLIES: just click on the photos for more details.
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