Faux Watercolor with Distress Inks


Welcome back everyone! Today I’m sharing a Faux Watercolor technique using Distress Ink cubes. I’ll also be using products from Taylored Expressions one of which I hold near and dear to my heart.


I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel. This is a labor of love lol. I’ve purchased some new equipment and used it in my creating and editing my video. I don’t have all the kinks worked out yet but I hope it still provides you great quality and instruction.


I love the look of watercolor but I have a hard time doing it. This is an easy technique that will get you similar results and doesn’t require a ton of time. I am starting with a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor card stock using the smooth side of the paper. I’m stamping the Big Butterfly from Taylored Expressions with Embossing Ink from Gina K Designs. Then heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.

Using a sponge dauber, I’m going to apply Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress Ink. Next, I’m going to spritz my card stock with clean water. This is going to move the colors around. You can tilt your card stock to get it to move more or use a paintbrush.

I’ll sop up any excess water with a paper towel but be careful. When you take away that excess water, you are also removing some of the intensity of the color. I don’t like to wait for things to dry, so I carefully sopped up some of the excess and then sped the drying time up with my heat tool. If you let it sit and dry on it’s own, the color will be more intense.

For my second card, I decided to spice it up a little. It’s hard to see this in the pictures but trust this butterfly has some shine going on!

I used the same steps as I had in the previous butterfly but instead of clean water, I mixed some Perfect Pearls in a mini spritz bottle. Then sprayed my background. Now, not only does my butterfly look like I watercolored it but it has a beautiful sheen to it from the Perfect Pearls.

Once both of the panels were completely dry, I used the coordinating die to cut them out. I used Thermoweb Purple Tape to hold them in place but be sure your card stock is completely dry or you may rip you card stock. Then I ran them through my Gemini Jr.

To finish off both of the cards, I started with a white A2 size piece of card stock made from the Sugar Cube card stock. I stamped a sentiment from the Look With Your Heart stamp set onto Buttercream card stock with Oreo ink.

This stamp set is near and dear to my heart. My son is Autistic and I adore each and every sentiment on here. My son works with a lot of people at school and they deserve to hear how amazing they are.

Once my sentiment was stamped, I attached the butterflies to the front of the card with foam tape for dimension.

I normally don’t stamp sentiments in the inside of my cards because then I’m not tied to any certain occasion but these cards were different. I couldn’t resist stamping this one on the inside especially since I knew who it was going to and why.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.

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1 Comment

  1. Beautifully done, Mindy! Just today I realize how many crafty stampers/cardmakers have children with autism or ASD. My 7+ year-old great nephew is just completing testing, and they are diagnosing him with ASD. These people need a chance in life like everyone else so awareness is great. Sending you big hugs!

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