Monday, September 1, 2008

Distress Inks have ruined me...

Sweet Ebony, Sugar Nellie, Elisabeth Bell 

To explain...I really love distress inks. I've been using them exclusively for the last few months. I first saw them on Marlene's blog and loved her cards. She has an awesome tutorial here that totally inspired me and I went out the next day and bought 10 distress inks. I'm up to 16 and want more! I used to paint so the watercolouring is just so much fun for me. So this card...I made it for a challenge at Splitcoast and I'm really not a fan of it! I decided to colour with prisma colours because it had been a long time and they were what got me into stamping. I used to love them. Not so much anymore :) I was so frustrated with this card. I took out my frustrations with the overdone distressing around the Sweet Ebony! I'm wondering if anyone has found this - that you've gotten so used to one way of colouring that you just can't go back anymore? And one more quick question - for those of you that do use Distress Inks what type of paper are you using? I've only used watercolour paper so far :)

The Recipe:
Stamp: Sweet Ebony (Sugar Nellie)
Ink: Ranger, Distress Inks
Embellishments: Flower (Prima), Ribbon from Michaels
Paper: K & Co. (at Costco)

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scrappinmominky said...

Great card. I haven't tried using distress inks yet, but I think might after seeing this great card.

Thanks for sharing. I came for a visit from the blog thread at SCS.


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Dragana Skoro said...

Pretty card.

Rach said...

oh this is a great card...i think your colouring is gorgeous....though i do know what you mean...I used to colour with prismacolor pencils before using distress inks....I had ago the other day with my pencils and really got so frustrated as i couldn't get the effect that i was after.(or used to be able to achieve)...strange that you felt the same way...

I use acquarello watercolour paper for my distress pressed. i have found this great...for me anyway..
hugs Rachxx

cats whiskers said...

Hi Honet gteat card great coloira and nothing wrong with the colouing. I must admit I find it hard to use anything but distress inks, although I have used my Promarkers a a bit more this week. I always use 300gm Hot Press watercolour card if that helps
Hugs Jacqui x

Niki_Meiners said...

I too love the ditress inks. I use Fluid Chalk ink for mine. They are dangerous once you start using them it is hard to stop.

ScrappinGalz said...

I love this card! I love the heavy distressing on the card. I like distress inks too. But for some reason use them mostly on masculine cards. Hmmmmm Anyway I use distress inks on just about any type of paper or cardstock

Pat (mspfd) said...

Fabulous card. And your coloring looks great.
I feel like I've been living under a rock--I've never used distress inks to color. Do you watercolor with the pads or reinkers. I'd appreciate any info you are able to share.

Michelle said...

I think you did an awesome job! The way you distressed the edges almost looks like "rays" coming off of her too! Great job!

mar1ene said...

Hiya.. I'm so sorry I got you converted to the distress inks hun, maybe I should put a warning notice by my tutorial!! lol

I found the same as you about using my prisma pencils and am seriously thinking of selling them as I only use my inks and promarkers now.
The card I use is the same as Jaqui's (hot press) and find the colours just melt on this paper.

Will add that I totally adore this project and the colouring is fab!, just that I can so imagine your frustration!!

Big hugs, Marlene xx