I love what Maya does with watercolor and some heat embossing, so I got inspired by this post from April, and got to
This is Maya typing, and I’m very excited to share my first solo post here at ABNH! I must confess to being a bit nervous about this since this is such an amazing team and I’ve been following this blog almost since the start. I might have trashed a whole bunch of cards before I decided to be happy with the results. I might also have picked some out of the trash, trying to save them and then toss them again. I’m not saying it happened but it might have… 😉
Is there anyone (except me) who sees some new product and just HAVE to have it, only to never really use it? When the Distress Stains came out on the market I just had to have some. I got three, used them like once and then they collected dust. I recently went though my stash organizing my inks, mists, and whatnots and came across my stains. When I was trying to figure out a theme for this post I decided to try to come up with different ways to use the stains. I made three cards using some techniques I came up with while messing around. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first to figure this out but I was still happy to get some nice results.
The first card I made by just pressing down the dauber firmly and swiping to the side. I made sure to use my heat tool to dry the ink between swipes to prevent the colors to blend too much. I was very happy with this effect. I embossed the greeting with white embossing powder on top of the ink. I also dropped some water on the surface and covered it with gold embossing powder, making sure to heat it up from the backside to prevent it to fly away when the water dried.
The next card I made by pressing the dauber firmly along the top of my paper and letting ink run down while angling the paper and blowing on the ink. I also misted some water to make variations in intensity. I kid you not, this was very messy. I flipped the card to get the ink in the bottom. stamped a greeting and embossed it in silver. Pretty!
I’m sure everyone who owns Distress Stains has tried this. Just smash down the dauber on the paper, making it splash out in pretty splatter patterns. Fun! I embossed this greeting in black and added a die cut because I liked the contrast of the black.
I hope you got some ideas and inspiration. I’m always happy to get to rediscover some old products.