Reacting Distress Inks on Stamps

I love coloring, but sometimes I just don’t feel like sitting down for an entire coloring session, I really just want to play with stamps. My card today fits that bill exactly, but it still gives you the effect of colored in images. I used my Distress Inks for the coloring today and spritzing them while they’re on the stamp and then stamping down give the look of watercolor without all the work! I used the “Merry and Bright” stamp set from Two Paper Divas and because the set contains both a solid and lined image I was easily able to achieve this look! Make sure to watch the video below to see exactly how I made today’s card using this technique!


I started with a piece of watercolor that measured 4.25″ x 5.5″ and using my micron pen and ruler I drew a straight line about .5″ from the top of the paper. Then, with the lined light image from the “Merry & Bright” stamp set I stamp lights facing both up and down on the line I had just drawn with a waterproof black dye ink. When my first line was done I drew another straight line about a .5″ from the bottom of the paper and again stamped the open light image with the same ink.


Using a small post it note, I masked off the top “hanger” on the light image that was solid and inked up the stamp with Distress Ink. I gave the stamp, while it was inked, a small spritz of gold perfect pearl water and then stamped it down on top of the lined light to color in the image. I decided to go with a non traditional color choice of lights and stamped the colors in rainbow order. You could make this a lot more simple and stamp in just red, green, or any combination of colors. Using my Pumice Stone Distress Marker I quickly filled in the top of each light and then quickly spread out the color with a water brush dipped in the perfect pearl water. I also decided to splatter on some black soot and silver perfect pearls for a more “artsy” look.


For my sentiment I used the “Merry & Bright” sentiment included in the set, stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white on black card stock that I then cut into a fishtail banner. After wrapping a strip of vellum around the panel and securing it on the backside of the panel with double sided adhesive I mounted the banner on top of the vellum with the same adhesive. Next, I mounted the panel onto an A2 top folding white card base with double sided adhesive. Finally, I added some black and marshmallow sequins, securing them with glossy accents and using my Quickstik tool for some help!


I love making Christmas card that are a bit nontraditional and this card most definitely is a bit nontraditional, but the good thing is the card design could easily be manipulated to fit a more traditional style or any style Christmas card you might want to make.

Reacting your Distress Inks while they are on your stamps can be a bit messy and if the mess turns you off of this technique, remember, you can always use gloves and having a cloth to quickly clean up ink and water is a big help as well.

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on today’s card you can find them all linked below. (Affiliate Links Used) Also, as you know Two Paper Divas is sadly closing their shop, and all stamps are now 40% off so make sure to grab your favorite sets while they’re still available!! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!!!

Merry & Bright Stamp Set – Two Paper Divas

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